How to Respond to How People are Saved
Question: How can God be loving and then demand that salvation is received only by those who believe in Jesus as their Savior? What about those who have never heard about Jesus? Could God really condemn them because they don’t believe if they were never given an opportunity to believe?
Answer: God says clearly in His Word that salvation is received by faith: (John 3:36, Galatians 3:22).
We are all sinners, we all deserve God’s just judgment because of our sin: (Romans 3:23). There are no innocent bystanders. We are all guilty before God.
We also need to realize that every civilization, no matter where it has settled, traces its family tree back to Noah through his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth (Genesis 6-9). At one time in their history they knew the truth about God and the salvation that He would bring about through the coming Savior. If that knowledge was lost, it is not the fault of God, but the fault of man.
God desires the salvation of all people (2 Peter 3:9) and has sent Jesus to live and to die to atone for the sins of all people (1 John 2:1-2).
He has also placed within all people a natural knowledge that He exists (Psalm 14:1, Romans 1:20). This natural knowledge of God reveals that God exists so that we might search for Him and find out more about Him (Acts 17:27).
Finally, God also sends His people (Christians) into the world as witnesses of the salvation Jesus has won for them and for all people (Mark 16:15) so that others would believe through their word. Paul says: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
God desires our salvation, which we receive through faith. He has given to each of us an innate understanding that He exists, so that we might seek after Him, find Him, believe in Him, and receive His salvation. And He has revealed His truth and proclaims this truth through the people of His Church as His witnesses.