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HOW CAN A GOD OF LOVE SEND ANYONE TO HELL?
To answer this question, we must first understand the origin of Hell. The Bible teaches us that, Hell is a terrible place of eternal torment which was primarily created for the devil and his wicked angels. “Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS...” (Matt. 25:41). God gave man the ability to choose between right and wrong, between obeying His Word or disobeying it. When Adam chose to sin in the Garden of Eden, he did more than just harm himself, he brought condemnation upon the entire human race. “Wherefore, as by one man Adam sin entered into the world, and death by sin, as so death passed upon all men...” (Rom. 5: 12). So you ask, “How can a God of love send anyone to Hell, after all, it is not our fault that Adam sinned in the Garden...”
Let me make it perfectly clear, GOD DOES NOT SEND ANYONE TO HELL! In fact, He has done a great service to keep us from the place of the eternally damned, if we will accept His provision. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish (Not go to Hell), but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). In His mercy for all of sinful mankind, God made a way of escape from the judgment of eternal damnation.
As there is light, there is darkness; as there is Heaven, there is a Hell; and as there is God’s love, there is also God’s judgment and wrath. Through the sacrificial death of Christ, we see the love of the Heavenly Father displayed for the entire world to see. Still, if we examine the Holy Scriptures deeper we find that God’s holiness and righteousness, which demanded a payment for sin, put Christ on the cross. God provided a way for you and I to escape the payment for sin. Jesus is the Way to Heaven! (John 14:6) What does that mean? Let me explain.
If you choose to rob a bank, you can’t blame the policeman or the court judge for sending you to jail. Your choice between freedom and jail was made when you disobeyed the law and robbed the bank. You made that decision. Obviously, you sent yourself to jail!
Nobody can blame God for his or her decision to live life THEIR OWN WAY. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). You can receive Christ in your life and go to Heaven, or you can reject Him and go to Hell. The choice is yours!
Some people go to Hell even though they have lived a moral, “religious” life because they miss the simplicity of God’s salvation and the magnitude of His love. “It is finished”, Jesus cried on His cross (John 19:30). He suffered for our sins, and gave His blood for an atonement. You cannot add to His finished work. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”(Ephesians 2:8,9). When you see your need as a sinner, repent through confession and thank Him for dying and suffering in your place. Bow your head in prayer, believing in your heart that Christ died for you! His resurrection is the living proof that the Heavenly Father accepted His work of salvation. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22).
The Bible teaches us that God is long suffering, and He does not want any of us to go to Hell, He wants us to turn to Him! Hell is a real place where many people will spend eternity, but be sure that God has worked in the lives of all, attempting to bring them to repentance. God doesn’t send anyone to Hell, people go there on their own. Jesus said, “And ye will not come to Me that ye might have life” (John 5:40). How about you? “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:13).
If you don’t know how, you might pray something like this: «Dear Father in Heaven, I do believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and that God raised Him from the dead. I now repent of my sin trusting Jesus and Him alone to save my soul . I now accept Christ as my personal Savior! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen».
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