Will someone go to Hell even if they are never witnessed to?
"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" - Romans 10:14
Christianity is an exclusive religion. Meaning that salvation is not a universal right awarded to any and everybody.
Everyone can access salvation, but it is not automatically awarded to every person. Universalism is a lie. One must confess Christ as Lord to be saved. There are no alternatives. (John 14:6)
The sad reality is that many people will die and be separated from God for eternity, in Hell.
This fact brings up an important question: What happens to the person who has never been witnessed to? Will they die and go to Hell?
Various people groups come to mind when thinking about this question: The remote tribe in Africa, the post - modern people in Europe or even the Eskimos up north.
All of them have something in common: They do not have nearly as much exposure to the Gospel as we do in the states. Where we are fortunate to have ample opportunity to hear and know the good news of Jesus Christ from many witnesses.
Yet, for the people groups mentioned and others around the world, are they given an eternal hall pass cause they've never been formally witnessed too? Or do they go to Hell despite never having the traditional chance to hear the Gospel?
Here's the short answer: Anyone who does not confess Christ as Lord and repent of their sins will not go to Heaven (Rom. 10:9). No one is exempt from this, even the people groups mentioned previously.
The explanation behind this is the fact that in Romans 1:18-20, the Apostle Paul explains that God's "invisible qualities" are clearly seen in the world by both believers and unbelievers. Showcasing that He is God and that they need seek and know Him.
In simpler terms, somehow God has installed facets in the universe and a component within every person that provides them an opportunity to know Him - regardless if some missionary comes to witness to them or not. Leaving that person without an excuse.
Read Romans 1 for yourself. It is an incredible passage of scripture.
And don't forget that Paul wrote Romans 2000 years ago, when Christianity was a lot less widespread than it is today. Even less percent of the world knew the Gospel at that time. So, if the theology worked back then, it surely works right now.
But, that's a big deal and it seems harsh that someone who has never been witnessed to has no excuse not to believe. At least until you look at the logic on the other side of the equation.
Think about it: If this were not the case, then why would we witness to anyone? Witnessing to those remote tribes in Africa would then give them a chance to go to Hell! Had we just left them alone, they would have slid right into Heaven with their eternal hall pass.
But, that makes no sense and is counterintuitive to the entire call God has on our lives to share the Gospel with the world (Matt. 28:18-20).
Our job's as Christians is to witness to the World. We are God's chosen vehicle to bring His good news all over the planet. We must be obedient in this, people's eternities are at stake.