“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” (Luke 12:47-48)
Jesus tells a parable. A rich man goes on a journey and entrusts his entire property and household to his servant. Upon returning, it turns out that this servant has taken poor care of everything. What will the master do then? He’ll punish the servant, of course. But Jesus says more. If the servant knew what his master wanted and still did not do it, he will receive a severe punishment. If, however, he had no idea of his master’s will, his punishment will be milder.
So it is with God’s judgment. Every person has a basic consciousness of God and a moral compass, and this gives him responsibility to act accordingly. But not everyone has actually heard about God, about His commandments and about the possibility of salvation through Jesus Christ. Everything that goes against God’s will is sin and must be punished. But “if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth,” we are charged much more severely (see Hebrews 10:26-29).
Do you think it is fair for God to judge people differently? What would be fair criteria?