Asking specifically about the pre-18th century Australian aboriginals, @WarriorOfWriters in a YouTube personal email asked me;
“What good God would allow all those before to burn eternally for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time without any form of revelation?”
What a great question @WarriorOfWriters asked!
In short, the answer is; No, God does not allow anyone to eternally burn for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I’m sure however that the short answer will not be accepted by @WarriorOfWriters nor for that matter the longer answer I give below may likely not be accepted either; although I hope and pray that it is. For it is by her personal God given choice to accept or reject God’s revelation of Himself to her.
You see, @WarriorOfWriters told me that “her father is a Christian apologist” and that she has “heard this rhetoric time and time again.” She even went so far as to tell me; “Sorry, without God’s universal revelation I’m not buying it.” and claims that it “cannot be demonstrated empirically.”
It is in fact a personal choice each person makes for their own ultimate destiny be it forever in Heaven or forever in Hell as God has indeed demonstrated empirically His existence.
God has in fact demonstrated empirically His Glory to everyone who is honestly seeking Truth by God demonstrating His existence and giving he and she needs to know about how to not eternally burn no matter where they were born or when they were born yet many people choose to ignore it.
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools; and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them (those people choosing not “buying into God’s universal revelation”) up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” Romans 1:20-25
To give to you and me today even more direct empirical evidence of His existence, God continues and informs us of our current our society and of His coming actions. Thus God is demonstrating empirically His existence and also His knowledge of the future by showing to us that He knew exactly what our society would be doing.
“For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them. Romans 1:26-32
God’s Righteous Judgment
“Therefore, anyone of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things.
We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth. Do you really think-anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same-that you will escape God’s judgment?
Or do you despise the riches of God’s kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. He will repay each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth, but are obeying unrighteousness; affliction and distress for every human being who does evil…; but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good…
There is no favoritism with God. All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous. So, when Gentiles [non Jewish people], who do not have the law, instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts. Their consciences testify in support of this, and their competing thoughts either accuse or excuse them on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.” Romans 2:1-16
What @WarriorOfWriters is ignoring is the fact that she has indeed heard and read about the Gospel (Good News); Christ Jesus dying for her sins to pay the debt of death she owes for her sinning so that she only needs to accept God’s free gift of eternal life with Him in Heaven by confessing and repenting her sins and placing her trust into Christ Jesus doing everything needed for her sins to be forgiven so that she indeed can be in Heaven with Him. So @WarriorOfWriters really needs to assess her beliefs to account for her knowledge of the Gospel.
Also, what she is ignoring is that God may want her to personally tell people who have yet to read and hear about the Gospel. This would indeed be something that @WarriorOfWriters can “feel good” about because it directly impacts “love my neighbour,” she also mentioned in her email to me. It would be her giving to and demonstrating to the needy, the poor and the destitute the direction to eternal life with God who loves them. This virtue’s reward is to have the satisfaction of knowing she did all she could to help someone understand and accept God’s empirical evidence and directly feel God’s love for them through her actions. What better reward is there than when someone going to Heaven forever to be with God who loves them?
God has demonstrated His existence and love empirically to everyone who honestly is receptive of Truth and He has always done so from the beginning of time. So the Australian aboriginals of any era as well as all people everywhere of any era if honestly receptive of Truth, have the revelation of God’s love for them made clearly to them so that they would not burn eternally no matter where or when it was that they were born.