What happens to unbelievers – those who have never heard the gospel?

Are judged the same as those who have heard?

I’ve found that this question is asked pretty frequently by Christians and non-Christians alike. And it makes sense. It’s an interesting question. There are and have been isolated people that have never heard the good news, so what happens to unbelievers?

What happens to unbelievers?

The Bible actually does talk pretty clearly about this subject. In Romans, we read the following:

“For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.” – Romans 2:14 ESV

So, the short answer is that yes, people that have never heard about Jesus can be saved. But, they are judged based on their nature, and how closely to the law they live their lives.

If a person who never heard is, by nature, a thieving, murdering, adulterer, they won’t make it to heaven.

We know that God is a just God. He hates injustice “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing…” – Isaiah 61:8. So we don’t need to worry about some kind of injustice happening at judgment. God will sort everything out, and he’ll do it justly.


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