For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20
How can a loving God send someone to hell if they have never heard of Him? Ever heard that before? Of course you have, it is a staple of the unbeliever. Christians say God is love and yet this supposed loving God sends people to hell for the crime of not hearing about Him. How can this be right? How this is usually put is what about the noble savage?
Yet Paul tells us that the unbeliever is without excuse. God reveals Himself in two ways, directly through His Word and indirectly through a general revelation. God’s presence can be discerned through His creation. The very workings of the heavens proclaim that God exists. The marvel of life shows His hand. The more we learn about the cosmos that more we see the intricate design of creation. Anything designed to the procession of the universe cries out for a designer.
Now you may say that is fine for us. We have a great storehouse of knowledge but what about the primitive? Funny thing is that the more primitive the culture the more likely it is that they believe in a single god. Where once it was believed that peoples went from animism to polytheism to monotheism, many now believe that we started out as monotheists and then devolved to multiple gods. We can see this in children. They naturally accept the existence of God. It is only as they become more educated and involved in the world that they can become agnostic or non-believing.
If one seeks God He will reveal Himself to them. He will make sure that person receives the necessary knowledge to accept Christ. It may come from a missionary, a found Bible or some other way. What is important is that God will not ignore the person seeking Him.
We can choose to ignore God’s revelations but we cannot say that God hides Himself from those that seek Him. God gives us enough knowledge to continue to try to know Him. Whether we choose to use this knowledge is up to us.
Have a blessed day,