May 9, 2012

God's Perspective on Hell

How does this question sit with you?

How could a loving God send people to hell?

I'm feeling like I need to open this let's go..

God desires that no one be separated from Him, but He is a God who allows each to choose whether to come into relationship with Him or not. It is totally up to us. Because He is a loving God, He allows us to pick our eternal destination...

two places only: 
  Heaven or Hell.

We arrive at heaven not by the seat of our pants, by our "goodness" (God's word says none of us are good enough to *earn our way in, by deeds, by who we are.  see Romans 3:10)
or by chance.

  Eternal life/salvation comes when we
humble ourselves,
 admit we are sinners (have done wrong) 
 invite Jesus to be Lord of our life. 

 (Because of who He is, He is able to save us...He is God's only son, without sin and was willing to go to the cross in our place, that we could be forgiven, accepted, adopted and received into His family
 (and go to heaven one day). 

 I get upset when I hear,  
"How could a loving God send people to hell?"

It's our choice, not His. (please reread paragraph one.)

His word clearly says that He desires that none would perish (die in separation from Him).

  If we do not want to spend time with Him now (relationship/salvation), 
then post this life, the only place that will be without God is: 

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some people understand slowness, but is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to perish, but wants everyone to repent.

Heaven and eternal life are a gift He freely offers to each of us.

  Please feel free to reject the gift,
but don't blame God when hell is the only other option.


Emily said...

Amen! What a wonderfully clear message on our need for salvation through Jesus Christ!

It amazes me that there are those that don't really believe in Hell - even those that claim to be Christians. Jesus spoke a lot about Hell, not just about how we ought to love others (which is also important).

I just really appreciated this post and wanted to say so!
God bless!

Karen said...

How fascinating that you posted this today! I just started reading Francis Chan's book "Erasing Hell"'s very good!

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