How Can a Loving God Let Someone Go to Hell?
Possible one of the most difficult questions to answer is “if God is a God of love, how can He let people go to hell?”
The Bible teaches us God draws ALL men to himself – John 12:32.
It even teaches us we are ALL given faith at birth. Eph 2:8-9 “we are saved through faith and NOT of our doing, it is a GIFT of God“.
So we are all born with Faith. We are all drawn to Him. Therefore anyone who rejects Jesus does it from their own free will-and with full knowledge. They have full knowledge of the truth. Even if they don’t admit it. It’s not like they didn’t know.
I think this is why we will “all be without excuse” on judgment day, as seen in Romans 1:20.
No one will be able to stand before God and honestly say they didn’t know. That would be cruel.
So, from Gods standpoint, sin must be punished. The only acceptable wage of sin (to a truly holy God) is death.
But, God has such a deep love for us and knows we can’t fix it. So, He sends his own son to be crushed, beaten, spit on, rejected and murdered on the cross for us. He willfully takes our punishment……if we will let him. He then draws us all to himself, and gives us the faith we need to say yes. We need to do nothing, but receive the free gift.
But we get a choice on what we do with that faith. Some will freely say no “thank you, I reject your son”.
In my mind God is justified doling out eternal punishment. No matter how harsh it may seem. I would feel differently if all of the above statements were not true.
And we don’t even need strong faith. We all have enough faith. Faith, even the size of a mustard seed is enough to save us.
It’s not about how strong your faith is. It’s not about how much faith you have. It’s about who it’s in.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.