The idea that it was the god of the bible is not really convincing.
Why? If this is really the creator of the world and he told us via Jesus about him and his home called “heaven”. Why did he do it in such an ineffective and unjust way?
Shouldn’t he have done it at the moment the first human being showed up on earth? Or if he did it later, why didn’t he talk to all the people in the world at the same time – to Europeans, the Asians, the Africans etc.?
Since he did it only in Palestine it looks like he preferred these people. Why? Didn’t he like the others? So it sounds very much like religious racism, because he left the big majority of the people at that time in the dark. Not very nice.
What seems to be implicit in your questions is that those who have not heard the gospel will not be judged fairly. I’m not sure that this premise is one that I’d accept.
Consider the story of Job (his story is in the book of the Bible named after him). Job was not a Jew at all, and he had no access whatever to any prophets or scriptures. Nonetheless Job found favor in God’s sight because he responded positively to what he could understand about God from what was available to him. That is to say, Job was not judged based on what he didn’t know but rather on what he did know. This same concept is taught explicitly in the book of Romans.
When one understands that there is no one who is ever lost due to some accident of chronology or geography, the issues of where or when someone is born cannot create a challenge here. Especially when we see Paul’s teaching at Athens in Acts 17. Paul teaches there that God has so ordered the world that he has selected the time and location when people will be born with an eye toward their salvation. This strongly suggests that no one will ever be lost who may have been saved if they’d had a different set of circumstances.
The story of salvation in Christianity is not one in which certain races are excluded, but is rather radically inclusive. Consider that most of the surrounding religions celebrated local or regional gods, these gods were concerned only with their local population. The God of the Bible has instead brought about a system in which all people from all nations have equal access, despite their sins or failings, into the kingdom of God.
Chapter Director, Reasonable Faith
Master of Arts in Apologetics,
Luther Rice University and Seminary