“If God is loving he wouldn’t send people to hell.” Is a statement that a lot of people make and it seems true. How could a God of infinite love send people to an place of eternal torment? But the statement raises other questions:
How could God not reach out to people and warn them of the fact that there is a hell?
How could God not intervene to save people from hell?
How could he not plead with people and do everything so that they could avoid hell?
But the answer to all these questions is that he has. God came down in the person of Jesus to warn people of hell, to plead with people to avoid hell and ultimately to die so that people could avoid hell. The ball is in our court. Will we reject the God that has loved us so much that he has done everything so we could be saved from hell? Or will we choose to reject his love and rebel against perfect love?
CS Lewis puts it perfectly when he says:
“I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked from the inside. …. In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell is itself a question: “What are you asking God to do?” To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary.” – C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 127
The only way a loving God could send people to hell is if he has gone through hell to save them and display his love.
This week at Resolved we are continuing our series Jesus Vs Atheism. This week we are looking at the emotionally difficult question of hell. If you have questions about a loving God and the issue of hell please come and check us out. We are just across from the Newtown train station and are along major bus routes too. You should see a sign out the front of the Neighbourhood Centre with the Resolved logo. We are up the set of stairs and through the first glass doors.
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