What do you think?Can someone please explain the answer to the question: What about the people who have never heard about Christ? What happens to them when they die? I know the answer I just want to be able to explain it thoroughly and with scriptural support.
The answer to this entire question is the simple truth that all men are sinners. Death is not the original intention of God’s plan. He made us all with a choice. Adam had a choice and since he chose to disobey and love himself rather than love God, we all must suffer the consequences. “Life is choices, choices have consequences, make right choices.”
Since then God has been redeeming his people back unto himself with a master battle plan that we simplify as the gospel or Christ dying on the cross to absorb the wrath of God on sin for us his chosen people. Christ absorbs the wrath of God and we in-turn receive a heavenly position next along with eternal life with God in heaven.But God again gives us a choice! We must choose him! Yes, there is a measure of election in this choice in that God chooses us. But remember God never intended for sin or anyone to die but it was our choice to disobey. God is a righteous judge and must punish disobedience and he does that by making a way of escape by offering his son as payment for our debt.
God never wishes that even one of his sheep should perish:
Mat 18:11 [For the Son of Man came to save the lost.]
Mat 18:12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
Mat 18:13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
Mat 18:14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
— God did not create us a ROBOTS, forced to worship and love him as creator for that would not be TRUE LOVE but rather a fake love from robots. He created us with a choice.
— Adam and Eve chose disobedience and therefore through Adam we all inherit sin and death.
— Gen. 3:15 — Protoevangelium — the first gospel — or the battle plan of redemption
— What to do about the people who have never heard the word gospel? or Jesus’ name? — God says, If you do not have the son you do not have life but if you have the son than you have life. Therefore, people who have not heard of Christ will die unless they believe in a God and call out for help. God will not deny one who seeks the truth: hence the great commission and the need for us to be missionaries to the unsaved.
Boa and Moody commented:
Sin is a universal human condition (1 Kings 8:46; Ps. 51:5, Romans 3:9,23; 1 John 1:8), and it causes a breach between man and God (Isa. 59:2). Sin leads to death (Romans 6:23), and the wrath of God abides on all who are separate from Christ (John 3:18,36). All have sinned, and those who have not been “justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24) are under divine condemnation (Romans 3:10-20; 5:16-19) and must stand before God in judgment, because apart from Christ we are enemies of God (Romans 5:10)…. People are not lost because they have not heard. They are lost because they are sinners. We die because of disease, not because of ignorance of the proper cure (1982, p. 147, emp. added).