Alexander, for one thing, read my answer to Irina’s question # 265, which
is the same as yours in essence.
Questions like this (as abstract questions in general) arise because of people’s
ignorance of God, haughty self-conceit, ignorance and disrespect for Lord God
(mistrust). They hide grudges and chagrins towards God as well as blasphemy.
Also, the man doesn’t even notice how he exalts himself and his own opinions
over God’s opinions and providence, while not possessing God’s omniscience,
His wisdom or other attributes.
If we believed sacredly and undoubtedly that God’s wisdom is incomparably
beyond ours, that He’s omnipotent, that He’s the very essence of
love and goodness, that He is unlimitedly merciful and man-loving and that there
isn’t and cannot be any unrighteousness with Him, that He lacks no foreknowledge
or perfection, we would never even dare asking such questions. Because such
questions abase God in endeavor to show Him as being unrighteous, unjust or
unmerciful. They say, “How could He forget to take care of savages and
American Indians before the Discovery by Amerigo Vespucci and Columbus?”
The flaw in such thinking is that it’s unnatural, abstract and is not
connected with God’s providential care for mankind, nations or specific
people. Such questions are related to ungraspable, unsearchable ways of God,
searching of which is deadly and impossible in nature.
The man cannot give a full, comprehensive and fulsome answer to those questions.
In similar cases say to my brash children, mind your own salvation; when you
get saved and stand before God, then, if you dare to ask about anything like
that, God may want to explain His ways to you. But if you forsake repentance
and engage in studying such questions and, as a result, you die and will be
assigned to hell for eternity, then you will never know the answers to those
But, being tolerant to human weakness, something can be said on this subject.
The first and most important thing to do is to remind yourself that:
1. There is no unrighteousness with God;
2. God doesn’t take pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that
he turn from his ways and be saved, that is, he who was born into this life.
3. God is love which has mercy upon all creation and compassion for man, the
love sacrificial, demonstrated and proven by the Lord Jesus Christ upon the
4. God gives light to every man who comes into this world.
5. God does not show favoritism.
34 And Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no
respecter of persons:
35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable
If we keep all of this in mind, then we’ll enter the area of truth and
will see everything more correctly. Then we will realize that the Lord God does
not enlighten or give faith to certain people and tribes not because of His
stubbornness or anything similar, but because of the character of those people.
If He obeyed you and gave faith to the savages, they would trample on it and
would become more guilty before God, condemning themselves to a more intense
eternal suffering. Read again Acts 10:35 more attentively and you’ll see
that it’s all about people. To the savages the Creator gave the book of
nature, so they are without excuse.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness;
19 because that which is known of God is manifest in them; for God manifested
it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting
power and divinity; that they may be without excuse:
21 because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks;
but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image
of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things
24 Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness,
that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves:
25 for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served
the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Pay close attention to verse 20.
As for the question of inheriting of fathers’ faith or circumstances,
may your error be proven wrong by Moses who was brought up in all of Egypt’s
24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s
25 choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy
the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt:
for he looked unto the recompense of reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured,
as seeing him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the
destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.
May you also be convinced by the example of Saul (who later became the great
13 For ye have heard of my manner of life in time past in the Jews’ religion,
how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and made havoc of it:
14 and I advanced in the Jews’ religion beyond many of mine own age among
my countrymen, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
There are many more similar examples of turning away from false beliefs of parents
and forefathers, thus, those trying to justify themselves with such arguments
will be without excuse. It’s appropriate to mention the conversion of
1 Now there was a certain man in Caesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of
the band called the Italian band,
2 a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms
to the people, and prayed to God always.
3 He saw in a vision openly, as it were about the ninth hour of the day, an
angel of God coming in unto him, and saying to him, Cornelius.
4 And he, fastening his eyes upon him, and being affrighted, said, What is it,
Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are gone up for a memorial
5 And now send men to Joppa, and fetch one Simon, who is surnamed Peter:
6 he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side. He will
tell you what you must do."
Thus, we see that any man is saved individually, irrespectively of beliefs
of his fathers, forefathers or his own people, for God will not leave any craving
for the truth unnoticed or without help. If someone sticks to their parents’
ungodliness or false beliefs, it’s their decision, a choice by natural,
carnal standards and inclinations which won’t allow God to enlighten such