Is God Unfair? What About Those Who Have Never Heard?
Josh McDowell, the famous campus speaker of the sixties and seventies made this statement; “No matter where we go or what subject we are speaking on, this question always seems to come up. Many times it is asked to relieve the individual of any responsibility to God.” In Josh’s long history of traveling on college campuses and defending the faith wherever and whenever challenged, he discovered that when many people claimed to have an intellectual question, it often is a cover up for a moral problem. Being a committed Christian can come at a high cost to your personal popularity, and cut into your ability to party and adapt to the “girls gone wild” life style so popular on high school and college campuses.
However, we need to keep in mind that just because you personally can’t come up with an answer to a question regarding the Christian faith, doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t one, nor does it means the bible isn’t true. And as Josh points out, for Christians, the question of the truth of Christianity and the fairness (or goodness and righteousness) of God, should have been settled by the resurrection of the dead by Jesus Christ. Why would an unjust, unkind or unloving God send his only begotten son to die on the cross for the rebellion of the entire world? How many other religious leaders have risen from the dead?
Also keep in mind that according to Scripture, all the nations and peoples of the world had knowledge of God from the very beginning, and took this knowledge with them as they spread out all over the world after the flood and the division of languages at the tower of Babel incident. Some nations carefully maintained this knowledge and passed it down to succeeding generations, but others were less careful. Evidence for this is found throughout anthropology in that the flood story, the memory of one creator god, the story of mans sin in the garden, and many other bible stories are found in almost every peoples group in the world. This is true of most of the indigenous people’s on every continent of the Earth. Even very politically correct modern history texts will usually give at least a small blurb to the fact that the first recorded worship in China was to the Creator God they called ShangDi, and their ancient prayers to Him could have been taken right out of the book of Psalms.
The first chapter of Romans also makes it clear that men are with out excuse for rejecting God because the evidence for His existence is clearly seen in the awesome beauty of the created earth and universe around them, “Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, His eternal power and Deity has been clearly seen in the things He has made, so they are without excuse.” Rom.1:19, 20. This chapter makes it clear that man is more interested in inventing his own religions and avoiding God than he is in actually seeking Him. This is one of the reasons for the popularity of the theory of evolution, as both Darwin and Lyell expressed in their letters and journals that their main reason for promoting the theory was to turn people away from faith in the God of the Bible.
Finally as Josh says,” Many things in the Bible I cannot understand; Many things in the Bible I only think I understand; But there are many things in the Bible that I cannot misunderstand”, they are abundantly clear. “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen.18:25) We may not understand it all now, but if we’re believers, we should have enough knowledge to answer that question in the affirmative.