I have heard the cries from the wilderness. Nathanael sent me this email a week or so ago, and has since then spent most of his time complaining that I didn't post it...
So here it is:
It’s a question I have heard asked a thousand times. What about the people who live in foreign countries and have never heard the “gospel?” What about the people who don’t know Jesus died for them?
Then you get the response from Romans 1:19-20 “…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…” and it goes on from there.
But see here is where the problem arises. I have read that passage a number of times and no where do I find a “sinners prayer,” or anything about, Jesus dying for them. But isn’t that the fundamental step into becoming a Christian? The faith in believing Jesus died for them?
And furthermore, what if instead of calling God, God. What if they refer to him as Bobobebo, and worship him for giving them rain and food. What if they praise Bobobebo for killing their enemies, getting their wives pregnant, and instead of a cross they put up as a symbol of their creator, they make a man of wood as an image of God? (not to say they worship the image, but let’s not get side tracked.)
Are they “saved”? Do they get to go to “heaven?”
As far as our American Salvation is concerned, and I mean if you literally base salvation on what a preacher will tell you during the invitation, the answer would be no.
(As well, of course not many people believe that the “sinners prayer,” or as I call it, the “magic prayer,” is all there is to salvation, but almost everyone I talk to they say that it has to be the FOUNDATION for everything else.)
So there is my problem, if the FOUNDATION for becoming a Christian is the “sinners prayer” and what it contains, then there must be a lot of people in “hell” with no idea why.
Let me know your thoughts about Nathanael's post!