Are You Hung Up On This Question: What About Those Who Never Hear About Jesus?

More than 2.3 billion people on this earth say they are followers of Jesus Christ, the religious leader who 2,000 years ago claimed that “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me.”

But what about the other nearly five billion people who are followers of other religions such as Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism, or who don’t believe in any faith? Countless millions of them never hear about Jesus?

Is God just for punishing those hundreds of millions who never hear about Jesus or His claims to be the only way any human being can find the way to eternal Heaven? This video from Reasonable Faith provides a thought-provoking response to that issue:


Author: Mark Tapscott

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland. Go here:

4 thoughts on “Are You Hung Up On This Question: What About Those Who Never Hear About Jesus?”

  1. I still think the best answer is that of an Orthodox Monk: that’s God’s concern. Your concern is what about you?


  2. The theology of this video is quite questionable. It is presented as though it is ­THE answer to the question, “What about those who have never heard?” instead of one hypothetical or potential answer to the question that may or may not be true.
    The argument is problematic at several levels. One being, the Bible makes clear there is a difference between true faith in God and false religion. Never in the Bible is a pagan given assurance of eternal life in Christ because they sincerely believed in a god and lived a moral life. Secondly, the scenario that God would cause people who would be saved if they had a chance to hear, to be born in times and places in which they would hear, is conjecture that cannot be known this side of heaven, unless revealed by Christ himself. It wasn’t.

    I do enjoy your website, agree with much of it, and will continue to read your posts with interest. This one however is a bit hard for me to accept.

    Larry Steen


    1. My reaction was very much akin to yours, Larry. I thought about including a note acknowledging that there are other views about what happens to those who never hear about Christ, but opted not to. On reflection prompted by your comment, it’s clear I should have. By the way, the video is produced by Dr. William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith group.


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