“Well, We Don’t Know…”

How will God judge the billions of people who lived before Christianity? How will he judge the unevangelized, or Homo Erectus, or even… chimpanzees? Of course it helps if you just deny the existence of prehistoric people (creationism)… but the unevangelized certainly do exist. What do you really think is going to happen to them?

People who say “we don’t know” how God will judge sidestep the fact that someone either goes to heaven or hell, in Christianity. Saying “we don’t know” just means we don’t know whether a person goes to heaven or hell. It doesn’t actually mean “I don’t know.”

My argument is that there are only two cases (heaven, and hell) and in the case of many millions of people, either of these is ludicrous. Because you have a big gradient of clueless people who have no idea that Jesus is going to judge them eternally, and neither do they know what they are supposed to do aside from how their culture teaches them to behave (presumably they are judged by their actions and attitudes, unless you argue that all unevangelized people go to hell–I would probably just slap someone if they told me they believed this. I would actually slap them in the face. I mean, what’s a slap compared to eternity?)

If people are judged and sent to infinitely differing eternities, you have to split the people who lived in prehistoric times, and the people who live in ignorance, along a line that seems too fine to actually exist. Especially when a lot of them aren’t necessarily under the impression they’re going to be judged for an eternal destiny. Saying “we don’t know” doesn’t solve the problem because I submit to you that ANY of the combinations (that is, 2 to the power of N people under consideration) are unacceptable to any rational person.

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4 Responses to ““Well, We Don’t Know…””

  1. An interesting premise you’ve presented here!

    I’d like to address it from a different perspective,

    instead of…

    “Well,we don’t know”

    to one of

    “What DO we know?”

    About ourselves mostly, is there any conclusion more inescapable than the truth concerning our own nature,about who we are?

    I submit there is not.

    And from the first man who honestly faced himself until the last one, the knowledge of this “greatest of truths” has and will continue to be what compels man to seek God. It was as much a hope prior to, as it is after the cross.

    I’m sure my explanation is insufficient but I hope that in some way it makes sense or that it addresses some aspect of your question.

  2. My apologies; I’m not quite sure what you mean by this.

    It sounds like you’re making the general statement that the few inescapable truths of existence lead to God, and to Christianity.

    But if that’s what you meant, how would that connect to what I wrote in this particular post?

    • In your first sentence you asked how God would judge those before Christianity. They’re justified or redeemed in the same way as those who came after the cross which is by faith! Their faith was in a future event,ours is in one of the past, although it can (and should be said) that faith is very much a here and now experience!

      “It sounds like you’re making the general statement that the few inescapable truths of existence lead to God, and to Christianity.”

      Yes,that is what I meant. But it also applies to those before the cross.

      I think this verse addresses some of what you’ve asked about.

      Romans 1: 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

  3. I agree that people have always had the world to look at. But even if they could be expected to discern that there is a God (as per the Romans reference), there is no way of guessing that there are eternal consequences, nor any way of knowing what triggers them. I do stand by my point that the binary choice of heaven and hell renders all possible (finite) scenarios unpalatable…

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