Now if you were talking to someone about this they would naturally continue with more questions. Questions such as- What about someone who has a lived a pretty good life but simply didn’t believe in Christ? Isn’t it unfair for God to send someone like that to hell? Or why can’t God just cause someone like that to cease existing rather than sending them to hell?
Once again we must go to scripture. In Genesis we learn that God made man in His image. That means we have an eternal soul. When we die there are only 2 options for us. Either we will be rewarded by God or punished. So what about a basically good person?
Romans 3 tells us “None is righteous, no, not one;” Notice how Paul says ‘no, not one’. It’s like he knows that you’re going to question his claim. “None is righteous” Now what a minute.... what about... “no, not one.” Paul continues- “no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
If you want conformation about the truth of this passage, all you have to do is look at yourself, look at those around you. Who hasn’t lied? Who hasn’t disrespected their parents? Who hasn’t worshipped idols? Who hasn’t been selfish and prideful?
Anyone? I can’t do good. My pride is always there wanting to get credit for my ‘supposed’ good deeds. And you know how scripture describes my good deeds? As filthy rags! That may sound harsh but in the eyes of God, my measly attempts at righteousness are nothing without Him. If you see anything good in me, it isn’t me. It’s Christ working through me.
So, is it fair for God to send to hell filthy wicked sinners like me who have blatantly rejected Him? You bet its fair! But, just as good stories have happy endings, God has offered a happy ending to all who will receive it.
Romans 3:23- “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be the just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
If we do not have faith in Christ, how can we expect to receive the reward that God offers in Heaven? But praise be to God that he has allowed us a way to Him through faith in Christ.
To wrap things up I’d like to return to the 2 conclusions that I had mentioned earlier. Either God is not loving because he created hell, or God is loving and creating hell was not an unloving thing to do. Which is the right conclusion? Thank God! He is loving and for that reason he has offered us salvation. It is than our duty to take hold of it!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Why Would A Loving God Create Hell? Pt. 2