Statesboro, GA, USA
Unfortunately, Stefan, it doesn't, unless you are stating that those who make the statement (including the religious leaders) that one cannot enter Heaven without first acknowledging Jesus Christ as their Savior, is inaccurate or, at least, open to debate. If you are trying to make the claim that those who don't claim to believe in Jesus are actually believing in Jesus without knowing it, then that would be such a weak reply that I'm sure that's not your claim...so i'm still lost.
You're right that the Bible is clear about the necessity of belief and confession for salvation. That of course is only possible for those who hear the gospel and respond. For those who don't get to hear, for those (for whatever reason) alienated from overt Christian teachings, there may yet be opportunity outside that vein. You banter with Ron about accepting Christ after death, but I could entertain the idea of a post-mortem opportunity to believe ... if we are talking about those beyond the direct call of evangelism. (and though at first glance it might seem absurd to think that anyone could choose to reject God at that point, the nature of sin and self is such that I don't think it would be impossible- I've heard people say that if they saw God face to face, they would reject him ... And, for some, I believe they might). That doesn't mean that second, third, and limitless opportunities are forever spilled for those who have heard, and still decide against. I think Ron's question was a good one, as to when it might be too late to change one's mind.
After Lewis' quote that I gave you above, he went on to say:
"If you are worried about the people outside, the most unreasonable thing you can do is to remain outside yourself."
and in his essay "Man or Rabbit" he wrote:
"The question before each of us is not “Can someone lead a good life without Christianity?” The question is, “Can I?” We all know there have been good men who were not Christians; men like Socrates and Confucius who had never heard of it, or men like J. S. Mill who quite honestly couldn’t believe it. Supposing Christianity to be true, these men were in a state of honest ignorance or honest error. If there intentions were as good as I suppose them to have been (for of course I can’t read their secret hearts) I hope and believe that the skill and mercy of God will remedy the evils which their ignorance, left to itself, would naturally produce both for them and for those whom they influenced. But the man who asks me, “Can’t I lead a good life without believing in Christianity?” is clearly not in the same position. If he hadn’t heard of Christianity he would not be asking this question."
These quotes only express something which I agree with, that knowledge increases accountablility. We may be sure that God's mercy is wide enough to be truly mercifcul, and not so wide as to be brute force. That puts my mind at ease about those who are unreached by human evangelism, without easing the responsibility of those who do hear the gospel.
Again, while you may disagree, I hope you understand what I'm saying. Exclusivity of salvation through Christ I do stand by, as well as evangelism, and the necessity of faith and profession for those who hear, and the mercy of God working in untold ways for those who don't. I don't see how any of these are contradictory.