OBJECTION #1: “It isn’t fair that God gives some people more revelation than others.”

First, God is not required to reveal himself to anyone. When we consider the term “fair,” we need to keep this in perspective. If God decided to allow every person to be judged for their sins, this would be perfectly fair. If we want fairness, God should give us judgment –not revelation. Therefore, the moment that we appeal to “fairness,” we are pulling the rug out from under ourselves.

Second, at the same time, the Bible teaches that God does not want to see a single person judged. Jesus said that the good shepherd would go out into the wilderness to save one lost sheep (Mt. 18:12-14). Peter writes that God doesn’t want “any” to be judged but for “all” to come to know God (2 Pet. 3:9). Paul writes that God desires “all men to be saved” (1 Tim. 2:4). While God would be fair by allowing all people to be judged, this is not in line with his will or character (Ezek. 33:11). Therefore, we need to distinguish between what God is obligated to do, and what he desires to do. God is not obligated to reveal himself to all people, but he does desire to do this.

Third, while our current world is not “fair,” people will still be judged fairly in the end. Jesus explained that people will be judged by different standards, and the person who has minimal knowledge about God will receive less judgment than those with more knowledge (Lk. 12:47-48; Mt. 11:20-24; Rom. 2:11-12; 4:15). Therefore, while it might be currently unfair for one person to have more revelation than another, God will be ultimately fair to both.

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