Accountable Before God
Many people have asked us, “What will happen to the man who lives in the remotest part of the jungle? Will he be accountable for not knowing about Jesus?” The answer to that question is, yes. We know that God is trying to get a hold of that person for at least five reasons:
The first is found in Romans chapter one. It tells us that God is evident in creation and that God holds man accountable because of creation. The evidence of design is everywhere. Just look at the human body, the animal kingdom, plant life or even a baby being born. There is also the universe. God’s design is everywhere. That points to a designer. If a man will be humble enough to say, “There is a God out there and I want to know him,” then God will find a way to get to that man. All through the Bible it says God is fair and just. No one will be there unjustly because we serve a God that’s fair and just.
Deuteronomy 32:4 says this perfectly. It says, “He is the rock. His work is perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong. How just and upright He is.” Also in Exodus 34:6-7, it says, “The Lord, the Lord God merciful and gracious, long suffering and abundant in goodness and truth.” Everything God does is perfect and just and right. If we reject life, and the Bible says, “God is life,” then all that remains is death for us. There is no other place for our soul to go if we reject the only way to heaven. There’s no place left for our soul to go. Our soul is eternal. It will live in either heaven or hell for eternity.
Some say, “what kind of God would be so mean to let people suffer in hell?” Remember, He’s the same God that came and died a horrible death to keep us out. What more would we expect Him to do? People make their own mind up and then accuse God of being mean.
There are some people who suffer from the consequences of being in religion. Religion is a form of bondage, making people angry because it’s restrictive. It leads people to believe that they have to do certain things to earn God’s approval. When the topic of hell comes up, there is great resistance because they were in an environment that may have been demanding or oppressive. They may have even experienced an earthly father who abandoned them, rejected them or hurt them, giving them a perverted or twisted view of God because of personal hurt and disappointment. There may be underlying anger in a lot of people that are broken and hurting out there, and God wants to heal that up.
We serve a loving God and He desperately wants to keep every person out of hell. He gives man the free will to choose. Do you believe Him or not? Revelation 20:15 says, “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” He has a book and on judgment day He’s going to open that book to see if our name is in there. The worst thing anybody could ever hear would be, “Your name is not in my book. Depart from me into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” God would weep saying those words. He doesn’t want anyone to go there.
He never meant for man to go to hell. Hell was prepared for the devil, not for man.
My question for you today is do you know if your name is written in His Book?