■ Lita Cosner
SALVATION BY grace through faith in Jesus Christ is the ‘good news’ which Christians are commis- sioned to spread through the whole world (see p. 31). The most vital message anyone can
hear is that anyone who believes in the Son of God
can be pardoned from their sin and enjoy eternity in
the presence of their Creator. But some wonder, what
about those who don’t get to hear the message of
God is completely good—and so is His Gospel
We can’t consider the Gospel apart from its Author.
God is completely good—in fact, He is the standard
for defining anything else as good—and His perfect
standards come from His own nature. He is perfectly
just, meaning that no one will be able to accuse God
of being unfair when they stand before Him; and He is
perfectly merciful, meaning that He generously extends
unmerited favour to those who trust in Him.
So when we come to this issue, we must understand
that we are considering the plan of the perfect, good
Creator of humanity. While there are some hard ques-
tions to consider, to think that we could come up with
something better would be extremely foolish.
God’s goodness is also what we should think about
when it comes to the unborn or infants who die, or
people with cognitive disabilities such that they cannot
understand the Gospel. Like Abraham, we say, “Shall not
the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Genesis 18: 25).
Everyone starts off condemned
When we think about this issue, we shouldn’t fall into
the trap of putting the unreached in some ‘neutral’
category. All human beings descended from Adam
start off in a position of rebellion against God. We can
see this because Paul says that God’s law is written on
our hearts (our conscience), yet we don’t even live up to
our own fallen conscience. We do what we know to be
wrong, so deserve to be judged for violating even our
own consciences (Romans 2: 14–16). Also, the evidence
from creation is so clear that no one has any excuse for
denying the Creator (Romans 1: 18–32).