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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 3 comments

The Great Commission is to spread the gospel for everyone to hear. What about the people that don't hear? Scripture tells us that they are without excuse.

because what may be known of God is manifest in them for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20

God's attributes are so clear through creation that there is no defense in rejecting it. Paul even gives an example of Gentiles.

for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thought accusing or else excusing them. Romans 2:14-15

I have heard the argument that God will save those who have not heard. However, if this were the case why would we spread the gospel. Wouldn't it be better to keep it a secret?

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. Psalm 19:1-6

3 comments: to “ Ignorance Is Not Bliss so far...

  • Timm November 19, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    What do you say about the way the truth and the light business then? Romans does not make it clear that those who have not known the gospel should know about the savior and trust in him for their salvation.

    I've always taken to the school of thought that while I'm not exactly sure how God will deal with these people, I can trust that he will deal with them justly.

  • Craig November 20, 2008 at 1:13 AM

    My view is that general revelation (creation) is sufficient for condemnation, but special revelation (Jesus Christ) is needed for salvation.

    So somehow God will find a way for those who recognize general revelation.

  • MikeT November 20, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Helen Keller is a fine example here. God revealed to her the essence of Christ, and she later commented "so that is what you people call him."

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