I put “millions of Chinese” in quotations because on a board strictly dedicated to Christianity, someone I was asking questions of dismissed my query as the “Milllions of Chinese” dilemma.
See, you’ve got that blanket “you can only get there through me” line from Jesus Christ. Pretty cut & dried if you ask me, and certainly, every Christian I’ve seen seem to agree.
Now, this is certainly a noble goal for our savior to have, but it is a perfectly unattainable one. First of all, you have the many folks whose lifespans commenced before Jesus was even a twinkle in G-d’s eyes.
Then, in the days before the Al Gore invented the internet, you had tons and tons of people throughout the planet who, due to no fault of their own, never heard about the joys of Christianity and how it’s “the only way.”
I’m willing to bet that a lot of them were perfectly nice people, many of whom followed whatever spiritual path was predominant amongst the populations where they were to the best of their abilities, as well.
I realize that in this time, missionaries have helpfully spread the “truth” throughout the planet, and you can’t stay at even a flea-bag hotel without the Giddeon folks letting the cat out of the bag.
But even today, there are remote places in Asia, Africa, and probably even in this country where people live and die without reading a Bible or even knowing it exists.
And this speaks nothing of kids who die before they can really know. And what of the mentally retarded? Can they really know Jesus if they can’t manage to figure out their own name?
So what of these people? Would God have devised a plan which doomed so many countless millions of His creation to an afterlife devoid of heaven right off the bat? Doesn’t seem sporting…
Now, some Christians answered me that God would take them into account. Okay, that’s a bit fairer, but what gives them this idea? Anything in the Bible, or just a hopeful hunch?
Now for the tricky part…
If we are to assume that the latter group of Christians are correct, then wouldn’t the best thing (under this system) be for Christians to NOT spread the word?
Think about it: I have some news for my friend. If I keep it to myself, my friend is no worse for wear. If I tell my friend, he has to accept it to be just as well-off as he was before I opened my mouth, and if he disagrees with what I tell him - Oops! Eternal torment!
I, personally, keep my mouth shut, content to see him on the other side. Ignorance is definitely bliss in this scenerio, so why mess that up?
*TIME ELAPSED SINCE I QUIT SMOKING:
Ten months, one day, 10 hours, 18 minutes and 52 seconds.
12297 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1,537.35.
Extra life saved: 6 weeks, 16 hours, 45 minutes.
See my Sig File FAQ: http://pages.prodigy.net/briank.o/SigFAQ.htm*