I spent the summer of 1979 working in East Malaysia as a Baptist student missionary. For the first time in my life, I met people who had never heard the gospel. Some had never even heard the syllables, “Jesus Christ.” To them, our Lord’s name was as unfamiliar as the ancient Persian kings are to us. Missiologists estimate that as much as one-third of the world’s population has no realistic opportunity to know or understand God’s offer of salvation through Christ. What happens to them when they die? (link)
I am not a missionary but found the above anecdote and question to be intriguing because I live in an Asian country very much like the one described above where most have no idea who Jesus is. Many have heard that westerns are Christians, but most have never thought about what that means, or what Christians believe. and no one I have met here other than the few Christian around has any idea who Jesus is nor for that matter what the gospel message is.
What's your opinion?
Or What do you believe the Bible's says about this question?
Then Peter began to speak, saying, “Truthfully, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. But in every nation he who fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. Acts 10:34–35 (MEV)
The key to understanding this is that apart from Jesus' atoning death there is no salvation. But Salvation is not based on knowledge or acceptance of any dogma. God brings all whom Christ atoned for into a born again state. Some apart from the gospel. The gospel saves us from living in sin. But Christ's blood shed in our behalf makes the New Birth possible.
There are no doubt people of all walks and religions who will never hear the gospel, yet will be in heaven with those more fortunate who have heard the gospel.
People would think it impossible that a Muslim could be born again. But any who hear the gospel and convert to Christ were first born again or they would have rejected him.