Is God fair when He allows people with little exposure to the gospel to suffer the eternal consequences of sin? My dictionary lists numerous definitions of “fair.” Perhaps the most relevant definition is ”just.” The Bible proclaims that God is just. He is just whether we understand all His activity or not.
I am impressed with the following line of thought. Suppose the requirement for acceptance by God were passing a trigonometry test. So you set about to teach me trigonometry. Shortly you say, “Two plus two equals four.” I say, “I won’t accept that.” Is it fair if you end my lessons in trigonometry? I believe it would be.
Similarly, since God, by His creation, has clearly shown that He exists, and that He is eternally powerful; if a person rejects that truth, God has no just obligation to reveal more truth. If a person rejects, ignores, or suppresses basic revelation, that person is “without excuse.” (Romans 1: 20)
I am assured that if a person responds appropriately to the truth available to him, God will provide (any necessary) more.
I was reminded of this concept by Psalm 119:155. “Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes.”
One just obligation of every person is to seek truth and respond appropriately to any truth he has.
It is fair that all who “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18) are condemned for doing so. “For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:10)
“The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.” (Psalm 14:2)
“But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.” (Psalm 34:10)
“Blessed are those …who seek Him with the whole heart!” Psalm 119: 2
“Ask …seek and you will find….” (Matthew 7:7)
“…he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)