When I was a teenager in church we called it the "Pygmy Question." It went like this: "What about the Pygmies in Africa? Will they be saved?"
What about folks deeply committed to religions other than Christianity?
And what about those who've never heard?
CNN's Larry King brought up the issue one night to Evangelist Billy Graham. Rev. Graham gave an answer that surprised me - "I believe people will be judged on the merits of their own religion." With all due respect, that's pretty good for a Baptist! Then Billy went on to say, "But ultimately we all get to heaven because of the Cross and Resurrection of Christ." I believe that, even if I can't logically wrap my brain around it.
"Christ died for our sins, once and for all, in order to bring us to God.
- I Peter 3:18
My favorite answer to the Salvation Question, however, comes from Christian author, Brian McLaren. When asked the "What about other religions?" question, McLaren responds, "How the heck should I know? And furthermore, it's not my problem. It's God's."
Prayer: Gracious and Loving God, I trust in your love for all people, and I trust in the love that I experience through the grace of Jesus Christ. Receive my thanks and my love this day and always. Amen.
One passage that comes up a lot with this issue is John 14, Jesus' words to the disciples at the Last Supper:
"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:7
Christ is the Christian Way; He is the Christian Truth, He is the Christian Life in the Spirit. There are other ways, but the Christian way is through Christ.