I do not know if there are Pygmies of Borneo, but I use this phrase when I am confronted by someone that refuses to consider the Gospel because they think God is unfair. They claim it is unfair if you must hear the Gospel to choose, and if God requires you to choose, how would the Pygmies of Borneo get to Heaven?
The Bible tells us that:
God has put it in our heart to know Him: Romans2.14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
God has been known by everyone since creation: Romans1.19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
God has always had a witness: Acts14.17 Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
This question is more a question of personal rebellion against God than a real concern for God’s people. Many think that there is not a Biblical answer for this question and they can therefore put God on trial for fairness…God never fails. If the concern for God’s people were real, they would immediately surrender to Christ and rush off to Borneo looking for every Pygmy that they could find…but of course that won’t happen because that was not the concern.
In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man can see Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom (Heaven). I always remind the person with this particular question, what if when you die you look up from Hell and see the Pygmies of Borneo in Heaven; you than will realize that you first needed to be concerned for your own soul.
Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 8:08 AM CDT