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Who are the Heathen?



Chapter: 13.01
(Section 13: What about those "Without the Gospel?")
Copyright Michael Bronson 1997, 1999, and 2000

We often think of the heathen as a native living in the middle of the jungle, someone who has never heard the gospel. In reality, there could be more people in this group than what you think, including your neighbor.

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The morning steam rises from the dense foliage of the Brazilian rain forest as Yoma, a young brave, steals through this Amazon jungle in hopes of securing a meal. Yoma spots his target. Carefully he inserts a poison dart into his blowgun and fires. Moments later a monkey falls from a tree. As Yoma pulls the dart from the monkey, he thanks his god for supplying his needs.

Yoma’s belief in a supernatural being differs greatly from that of fundamental Christianity. The only religion he knows is what has been taught to him by his tribe. Yoma has no knowledge of Jesus Christ or what He has done on the cross.

When the subject of the heathen is brought up, a picture of a half-naked native running through the jungle usually comes to mind. While it is true a person such as Yoma is without the gospel, these primitive natives are not the only ones.

This section is designed to stimulate your thinking on the destiny of the heathen. We have defined a heathen as someone who has never heard the gospel. Who are these people, though, who have not heard the gospel? You may be surprised!

There are many ways to define the phrase "having not heard the gospel." The ultimate guideline, however, is: Is the person’s knowledge of the gospel sufficient for him to accept Christ and go to heaven? If a person is unable to accept Christ because his knowledge of the gospel is either incomplete or inaccurate, he has not "heard the gospel." Thus, this definition now includes billions of people. Since so many people have not heard the gospel, maybe even your neighbor, it is important for you to understand how God will deal with these unsaved people. We pray that our research will help you in your studies.

Other Chapters in this Section

Who are the Heathen?
Open for Interpretation
The 5 Main Views
How we came Up With the 5 Views
Why Study the Heathen
Christianity is Losing Ground
Most of the World has not heard the Gospel
A Signal of Need
How Many People Die on an Average Day?
What About the Seeking and Sincere?
Parental Influence
The Value of the Soul
Questions and Answers
Quick Visual Aid for the 5 Views
Quick Visual Aid of View 1
Quick Visual Aid of View 2
Quick Visual Aid of View 3
Quick Visual Aid of View 4
Quick Visual Aid of View 5
Implications of the 5 Views
Breakdown of the 5 Main Views
Breakdown of View 1
Breakdown of View 2
Breakdown of View 3
Breakdown of View 4
Breakdown of View 5
The Christian's Mission to the World
How Convinced are You?
Putting it all Together

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