How important is it to know the words of Jesus Christ? According to Christianity knowing about Jesus is the most important message anyone one of us could learn. It is believed that knowing about Jesus and accepting him as our personal savior is the only why we can make it into Heaven and avoid eternal suffering in a place called Hell. If that is the case, what happens when that important story is not available in a language you can read or understand?
We all know that the Old Testament scriptures were written in Hebrew and the New Testament scriptures were written in Greek but not everyone speaks those languages. How many people do you know that are fluent in both languages? Many centuries have passed before any recognition about the story of Jesus made it across the world, never the less translated. Did you know that Bible was not translated for a German audience until 1522? Did every non-bilingual German who died before 1522 get a one way ticket to Hell? They were never aware of the story about Jesus and thus never had a chance to accept him as a personal savior. Maybe none of them deserved to be saved prior to that year. What about those who speak English? It was another four years before the New Testament was printed in the English language, were none of the English worthy of Heaven prior to 1526? It wasn't even until 1535 that a completed version of the Bible with all 80* books was printed in English.
How about the Japanese? The New Testament was not published in Japanese until 1880, 1887 for the Old Testament. The Bible was also not translated for the Chinese audience until the nineteenth century but their translated version only became widely spread during the twentieth century. If the knowledge and teachings of Jesus Christ are so important for our alleged salvation then are all of these people burning in hell simply because Christianity was not yet available in their known language? Or did they somehow not need to know about Jesus to make it into Heaven? If that is the case why share the story at all, there is no importance in knowing it.
* 14 books were officially removed from the Bible in 1885 leaving only 66 books most people know of today.