Here is what David says on page 23, “Would a just God sentence a morally good individual to hell for never having heard of him. And for that matter, would a just God expel a morally good individual to hell who has heard of Jesus, but simply finds no evidentiary reason to believe?”
It must be pointed out that David has some very bad presuppositions and a false understanding of terms he presents in this quote.
- David falsely assumes there are morally good people. What is his standard to declare a person morally good? According to the Biblical account there are none that are righteous. Everyone is a sinner (Romans 3:23). If he is going to ask this question he has to assume the Biblical standard of morality since he is assuming the God of the bible exists in order to ask the question. Thus, my first point is that his question is equivalent to me asking, "Would a healthy person eat the number 7?" It just doesn't make any sense.
- He doesn't understand the idea of God being a Holy God. If God is going to be just He has to punish sin. Imagine if God decided to allow everyone into heaven without doing a thing about sin. We could point the finger at him for being an unjust judge. So Yes David, a just God does have to punish unrepentant sinners or He wouldn't be just. If God ceased to be just it would be a worse scenario than a just God staying true to His nature and allowing people to go to Hell.
- People don't go to hell simply for not having heard of Jesus. Often people ask me, "What about those who have never heard the Gospel? Are they going to hell?" That isn't an easy question. At the same time I can affirm that people do not go to hell for ignorance. We all have offended the Holy and Righteous God by sinning. The Bible very clearly tells us that we all have heard about God in some sense through natural revelation. That is, God displayed enough of His attributes in nature so that men could know there was a God and seek after Him (Romans 1:18-20). Instead we gave up that which was evident, denied Him, worshipped false things, and dove headfirst into immorality (Romans 1:21-28). Therefore, it is the rebellious sin of denying the evident that makes us guilty
- David denies God's providence. So what happens if a person in the Amazon jungle looks at nature, understands there is a god, but doesn't know about Jesus. Everything I've seen about God's character in the Bible, and my own life, is that God will find a way. He has an amazing way at working out that which seems impossible. So my short answer? If there is a man in the Amazon who is seeking after the true God then the true God will have set in motion a plan for a missionary to meet this Amazon man and preach him the Gospel.
- David contradicts himself. On page 5 he says that the decision to accept or reject Christianity is the biggest decision of your life. I agree. I would then argue that since it is the person needs to do more careful study of the evidence. The evidence for Christianity is overwhelming. An honest man cannot honestly look at the evidence and deny Christianity.
In the end this question is worthless for it holds too many presuppositions and false definitions. I would love for David to debate me on the goodness of God's character. What do you say David?