Is it true, then, that "those who have never heard" have no concept of God's presence or their moral obligations? It is not biblically correct. "Those who have never heard" have heard something and have access to important knowledge about God. They may not know what they have heard or may not understand it, but they have heard something valuable.
The phrase "those who have never heard" appears several times in the Bible. It usually refers to people who lived in ancient Israel before Jesus came into the world. They had never heard of God's only son, Jesus, who died for them so they could be saved from their sins. But they knew about God and some of them probably even thought about him sometimes. They just didn't know how to go about finding him.
For everyone who calls on the Lord's name will be rescued. How can they therefore call on Him in whom they have no faith? And how can people put their faith in someone they've never heard of? And how will they hear if no preacher is present? So faith comes from hearing, and hearing comes through God's word. But many now listen to preachers' voices, so how can they hope to be saved?
The Jews had a way of trying people in "the court of public opinion" before they'd condemn them. If the person was found innocent, then at least some of them believed he was safe to go free. If not, they went ahead and threw him into prison where he could be safely held until it was time for his trial. This is why Jesus said that unless someone is born again, they cannot see the kingdom of God.
People need to be told about Jesus every day. Preaching is the means by which this information is passed on. Without preaching, there would be no way to tell people about Jesus. Therefore, preaching is necessary for our salvation.
Whoever is not a child of God does not listen to us. This is how we distinguish between the Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Deceit. We are from God; everyone who knows God listens to us; nevertheless, anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. We can tell the difference between the spirit of truth and the spirit of deception by this. We are God's creation. He who knows God hears us. Everyone who is not from God refuses to hear us.
Most people are unable to hear the voice of the Lord because they do not think God is speaking to them. Perhaps they believe they lack the skill, or they have incorrect theological hurdles to hearing God's message, or they just do not believe God would speak to them because they believe they are unqualified.
But God speaks to everyone—indeed, that is one of our greatest blessings as human beings made in His image. He has spoken eternally and continuously since the beginning of time, but most people cannot perceive His voice because they limit what type of communication they will accept from Him. In order for us to hear God's voice, we need to open our minds and our hearts to listen to everything He has to say.
People have different ways of receiving messages from God. Some receive visions, some hear voices, others feel God's touch upon their lives, and some use other means such as reading words on paper, observing nature, etc. But no matter how we receive God's message, we must trust and obey it.
In the Old Testament, Moses was told by God to go to Pharaoh and free Israel from Egypt's slavery, but Moses refused to go because he believed that God did not really speak to him and thus he was unworthy to lead Israel.
God may speak of things that do not exist in the future as though they do. God has the capacity to create life and has dominion over death. Abraham believed it, and since we are spiritual descendants of Abraham, we should believe it as well (see Galatians 3:29). Some Word of Faith organizations misinterpret Romans 4:17 in order to preach the name-it-and-claim-it teaching. They take this verse out of its context to mean that if you pray about something that hasn't happened yet, then that thing will come true. But notice what Paul says here: "So faith by itself is useless". I don't think anyone would deny that there are times when nothing else will help and prayer is the only way forward. But prayer is more than asking for things to be given to you; it's also about believing and receiving even when you don't see immediate results.
In conclusion, can a god speak of things that do not exist? Yes he can!
We believe God is totally good and just, therefore knowing God's intention for our life will be very useful. To hear from God, we must first (1) make ourselves open to God with the correct attitude and (2) gain discernment, or the capacity to identify whether or not we have truly heard from God.
In the Old Testament, hearing from God was important because it was before the time of writing and recording devices such as computers and phones. In those days, people either remembered what they heard or they forgot it. If they forgot, they might end up doing something wrong without even realizing it. Hearing from God would help them remember what He told them to do and avoid these mistakes.
People in the Old Testament could hear from God in a number of ways. Sometimes He spoke directly to them through prophets (e.g., Moses, Elijah). At other times, they saw signs that God was with them (e.g., Joshua), or heard music that reminded them of how God had helped his people in the past (e.g., David), or tasted food that had been provided by God (e.g., Daniel).
In today's world, people tend to rely on written instructions instead. They read about things that God wants them to do and don't say anything if they forget what they read. This can be dangerous if they try to go against what is written in the Bible.
When we have a strong relationship with Jesus, he cleanses us of all sin. Not sixty-six books, but Jesus, sets us free from a way of life centered on doing things differently than God intended. No, you do not need to read the Bible to understand God.