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As a Christian have you ever been asked the question, "What happens to those people that have never heard of Jesus Christ or the Gospels?" I have, and this question usually has something to do with the verses in John 14:6 and 7 and Romans 1:18 to 20:


John 14:6-7:


Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."


Romans 1:18-20:


The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.


In reference to John 14:6 and 7, I usually get a question such as, "What about those that came before the birth of Jesus Christ? Does this mean that they are all condemned?" or "What about a native in the lost jungles of the Amazon who has never had contact with any Christians? How could they be condemned?" This is where the verses from Romans come in; these verses tell us that we are blinded from the truth of the Gospels through wickedness. A person's godlessness and wickedness is the source of their condemnation and not by any action on God's part.


Originally when I asked God about the question: "What happens to those people that have never heard of Jesus Christ or the Gospels?" He gave me an example of a person that was a non-Christian and non-Jew; that example was Job.


Job 1:1:


There was a certain man in the land of Ausis, whose name was Job; and than man was true, blameless, righteous, and godly, abstaining from everything evil.


This was a man that by God's definition was not wicked, and because of this Job was able to say:


Job 19:25-27:


For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.


Ephesians 3:9 tells us the following:


And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:


Job knew his redeemer and that "he liveth". Job lived thousands of years before the birth of Jesus, yet he knew Him and that his security was in Jesus and not in his flesh. Ephesians 3:9 tells us that Jesus was there at creation. Job tells us that all men and women from creation to the end of time have the capacity to know Jesus Christ or at least to be able say "I know that my redeemer liveth". The truth about Jesus Christ is there in ALL men and women, but because of their godlessness and wickedness they are blinded from this truth.

The Lost