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Do all people know about God?
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God will call all people of all time to account at the end of this age. (Revelation 20:11-12, “I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it.... The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” & 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”) We were given a moral code, which we either accepted or rejected. But a court case implies that everyone should have access to the rules. The Bible reveals God’s standards of living, but we have had the Bible only for the last 1900 years, and even then it has not been distributed everywhere. What about the people who lived before Jesus Christ and those living in isolated places?
The Bible says that all people know God: either through nature, or through the inner testimony of their hearts, or through the Bible. If this is true, then we should find evidences of a religious nature in all people. People in Africa, Indonesia, Finland, the North American Indians, the Aborigines in Australia, the Egyptians, the Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Hittites, the Celts, the Greeks, the Romans, et cetera, all are religious. “We do not know, at present, of any people or tribe, from history or the present day, which may be said to be altogether devoid of religion” (H Ringgren and A V Strom, Religions of mankind, 1967, p 19). This proves that the Bible’s statement is the truth: all men know about God, regardless of whether they perverted that knowledge or not. ”The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, because what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without any excuse” (Rom 1:18-20). All people know about God, many just refuse to acknowledge it. Even evolutionists know about God. They just prefer another god, namely Naturalism.
Will any person then have an excuse before God? No. The tribe in the jungle doesn’t have the knowledge of God in their midst, but they have an inner voice telling them about God’s requirements: “they do not have the law, but do things required by the law” (Rom 2:14). They either live according to this ‘inner revelation’, or reject it.
Summary: As Creator, and therefore owner of us all, God will exact account, and none will be ignorant of His quest for a moral upright life: the man in the jungle, without the saving faith of Jesus (he has no Bible), while those having access to Bibles will be judged according to what we did with Jesus, the Son of God who came to help us live as God requires.