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What happens to those who have never heard the gospel because they live on a remote island or in an unreached tribe?

Romans 1:18-32 states that there is sufficient light in general revelation for even the most pagan world to come to two conclusions:

  1. There is a Creator who must be omnipotent to have created what can be seen of the earth, the sky, and outer space (such as the sun, moon, and stars).
  2. This God must be omniscient and very wise because there is order in the universe.

Coming to these two conclusions is not enough to save anyone because what actually saves is believing the gospel as spelled out in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. However, if anyone lives up to the light that he does have, God will make sure he gets more light. God will do so by sending someone to that area to present the gospel, as is promised in Romans 10.


The book of Romans also points out humanity’s natural tendency, which is the three-stage development described in chapter 1. The first step is to make and worship images instead of worshipping the unseen, omnipotent, and omniscient God. This behavior will lead to a second step: falling into heterosexual immorality. Then comes the third step, which is the degeneration down to homosexuality. The downward spiral ends with God giving up on these people.

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