Hell – How Can a Loving God Send People There?

hellMany believers and non-believers alike have a problem with the doctrine of hell. More specifically, the question of how a loving God can send people to hell. I personally don’t believe that God has ever sent anyone to hell. I don’t think a loving God could send anyone to hell, nor do I believe it’s His will that anyone go to hell. In fact, I believe He has done everything in His power to prevent anyone from going to hell.

However, I do believe that there cannot be positive without negative. There can’t be cold without its counterpart of hot. There can’t be up without its counterpart of down. There can’t be light without its counterpart of darkness. There can’t be good without its counterpart of evil. And there can’t be heaven without its counterpart of hell. I believe hell does exist. Jesus himself spoke about hell more than anyone else in scripture.

Behold, I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing therefore choose life so that you and your seed may live…

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him would not perish but have everlasting life”.

Before Jesus, man had no choice in his eternal destiny. He was doomed to an eternity of separation from God which included imprisonment in hell after death.

Jesus came and gave man a choice. Jesus came and provided man an escape from a life lived separated from God for eternity. God sent us His Son so that through the acceptance of Jesus, we wouldn’t have to go to hell. So to say that God sends people to hell is incorrect.

God has given man choices from the very beginning

Behold, I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing therefore choose life so that you and your seed may live…Deuteronomy 30:19

Interstate 10 stretches across the entire US. To the west, Interstate 10 ends in Santa Monica, CA and on the east coast, Interstate 10 ends in Jacksonville, FL.

What if I knew that you and your family were lost (or directionally challenged, as my wife would say). And let’s say I knew that you were searching for Interstate 10.

Knowing that the road to Santa Monica leads to life, and the road to Jacksonville leads to death, what if I went and posted a sign at the Interstate on ramp that reads, “You are about to merge onto Interstate 10. Heading west will take you to Santa Monica where there is heaven and eternal life in fellowship with God. Heading east will lead to Jacksonville, where there is death, hell and eternal separation from God. Go to west, so that you and your family will live”.

But after observing the sign, you and your family decide to head east to Jacksonville anyway. Wouldn’t it be ludicrous to say that I sent you to hell? Sure it would. In fact, the argument could be made that I did all I could to prevent you from going to hell. The bible says that it’s not God’s will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). In the scenario above, going to Jacksonville was purely a choice that you made, not me nor would I be responsible for sending you to Jacksonville.

Hell is a Chosen Destination

I believe that God presents us with a similar scenario where our eternal lives are concerned. Like I said earlier, I don’t think God has ever sent anyone to hell but unfortunately, many have made the choice to go to hell by refusing to take advantage of the escape clause of the acceptance of His Son Jesus Christ.

If you’re in the process of choosing life or death, blessing or cursing, heaven or hell, I encourage you to choose Jesus. Choose heaven and not the counterpart of hell. He gave His all so that you can be with Him in glory forever. Choose life so that you and your seed may live.

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