Without Excuse

If you have ever tried witnessing to an unbeliever, you have probably been hit with the question, “what about the souls of those who have died in the past having never heard of Christ?”

While this is a very interesting question, it is also a very difficult one to answer, as the scriptures are only specific of those who have heard the gospel and refuse to accept Christ as their savior. However, there are a few passages that may give us some ideas about how those who have never heard of Christ may be dealt with.


Romans 1:18-20: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For from 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.

We see here that all of creation speaks to there being a creator, to there being a God. None can look at creation and truly believe that everything they see came from nothing.

Romans 2:11-12: There is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law.

Reading further down to Romans 2:15, we see that everyone has a conscience that bears witness of the law because people intuitively know right from wrong. People will be judged based on whether or not they obeyed their conscience or chose to go against it.

On judgment day, those who will say that they did not believe in God because they seen no evidence, will be without excuse because the evidence was always right in front of them, and even their conscience told them that what they witnessed before them was confirmation of God, but they suppressed both and chose not to believe. No one will be blameless for not knowing the existence of God.


First we will look at what scripture says pertaining to the group of people who have heard the gospel and has willingly rejected Christ.

In Matthew 10:14-15, we are told that it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than it will be for those who hear the gospel and reject Christ. Later in this same chapter, verse 33, Christ says that those who deny him, he will deny before his Father.

This goes along with what Christ said in John 12:48, “He that rejects me and does not receive my words, the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”

As I have stated before, there is not an exact verse for those who have never heard the gospel of Christ, but these may give us some insight:

Starting in Luke 12:46-48, we are told of two servants. One knew his master's will and the other did not. The one who knew was beaten with many stripes and the one who did not, was beaten with few.

Both servants were punished for the crime, but the punishment for the one who knew was much greater than for the one who did not know.

Similarly, we see this in Matthew 11:20-22; 12:42, John 19:11, and Hebrews 10:29.

In Revelation 20:12, we are told that when the books are opened that people will be judged according to what they have done.

Scriptures are very clear that there is no other name by which one can be saved, Acts 4:12.

In John 14:6, Christ says that he is the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through him.

1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that Christ is the mediator between us and God.


Stating that God is unfair is far from a truthful statement. Especially when you look at the fact, that none of us are deserving of mercy, yet he has offered us grace through Yeshua Christ. God has presented a life vest for all who believe, and yet, many are rejecting the life vest, while complaining about drowning.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4: But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them.

Romans 3:11: There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

Maybe you are an unbeliever yourself or you know someone who is. The question you should be asking is are you/they on a quest for truth, or are you/they apathetic or even hostile towards the truth of the gospel? What is the reasoning in not accepting Christ?

Most people want to blame God and say that God is wrong for his stand, because if us knowing about Him was really important then He should come down and reveal Himself to us. Again, I tell you that He has. He has left evidence all around us of His existence.

Lets be honest, even if God were to come down and present Himself, this wicked generation would still deny Him. Look at those who denied Christ though he was physically standing right before them. In fact, the Pharisees and Sadducees even requested a greater sign than what Christ had all ready shown them. He was physically before them, healing, casting out demons, raising people from the dead, and yet, they requested a greater sign.

Matthew 16:4: A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it, except for the sign of the prophet Jonah.

The sign of Jonah, which Christ spoke of was his future crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Christ was reminding them of what he had told them earlier in Matthew 12:40: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

The majority of unbelievers are on a quest for fulfilling their own desires and what makes them happy, they are not interested in a holy and just God that will hinder their plans to party through life. If He were to come and stand before them, just as in the generation who witnessed Christ in the flesh, they would want to see much greater signs. This is why the anti-Christ will deceive the world because he will fulfill the evil in the hearts of the world by showing them all kinds of signs and lying wonders. (Matthew 24:24, 2 Thessalonians 2:9, Revelation 13:13)

While man may see God as unfair, the truth of the matter is that man's idea of fairness is as misled as his evil heart. God is just beyond what any of us deserve. Everyone who still has breath in their nostrils has a chance to call upon the name of Yeshua and be saved from the eternity of punishment.

Personally, I know there is a lot that I do not understand and will not until that 7th trumpet blows and all the mysteries of God are revealed. But I do know that God will act justly towards us all. I have faith in His goodness and mercies, and this is why I have gladly taken the life vest that He has offered in the form of a redeemer, in the word that became flesh, Yeshua Christ. One who is an advocate on my behalf, and the reason why I strive and struggle for the straight and narrow. I hope that if you have not, that you will reconsider. Check out this 4 minute video for a verbal understanding.

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