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It's often assumed that YHWH suddenly appeared on the scene to Abraham and before then, He was utterly unknown. But that's not the case. Job was before Abraham and he knew the LORD. Adam knew the LORD and taught the true worship. Noah knew the LORD and taught the true worship. When Abraham came into the promised land, he met someone named Melchizedek who was a king and the priest of the Most High God -- so he both knew and taught of the LORD.
Originally Posted by Rasko
Maybe this will give you some insight.
People lived and died worshipping many different gods long before Abraham and the Bible. How were these people judged? Not only that, how can any one of us know the answer? Does the Bible mention the fate of people to whom the word of God would have never reached?
Acts 17:22-31We also see that no matter where people are, they are given some degree or another of revelation of God. Read Romans 1. Two passages in those chapters in particular speak to what you're asking about. Man is held accountable according to what he has been given by God.
Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."