How could a loving God send anyone to hell? Most of the time when this question is asked, it’s asked in an accusatory way. Then at other times, people really want to know if God sends people to hell. Well, I’m going to try and answer this.
God Is A Just God
There will never, ever, be an unjust judgment from God. Then people ask, “Would God send people to hell that have never heard the gospel?”
Romans 1:18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Verse 19) because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. (Verse 20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,…
Since the beginning of time, God has testified of Himself to every person so that no person has an excuse for an unrighteous life! So many times when someone asks those two questions, we then try to answer them with human logic. Advise: Never answer a Biblical question without the Bible! People will argue and debate, but the truth is found in Scripture.
Think about this: Every person has a conscience and that conscience came from God and it talks to us from the time we are very small. You can’t look up at the sky at night, and at some point in your life wonder if there’s a God that created all that. God’s creation testifies of Him. Here’s the important thing: God reveals Himself to every person!
How many of you when you were a child, had a hunger and were seeking to know who God is? No one will ever be able to say, “No one told me there was a God!” Because God will say, “I told you!” The Bible says He reveals Himself to every individual. The good news is every person that seeks God will find HIm.
Proverbs 8:17 – I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find Me.
Jeremiah 29:13 – And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Verse 8) “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened. (Verse 9) “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? (Verse 10) “Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? (Verse 11) “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask HIm!”
Acts 17:26 – “And He has made from one blood every nation of men dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, (Verse 27) “so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; (Verse 28) “for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ (grope in the Greek used here, means to make an effort despite difficulties.)
God Is A Loving God
So does a loving God send people to hell? In order to answer this question, it must be answered from a Biblical perspective, which is God’s perspective.
First, God did not create hell for people. As a matter of fact, He sent His Son so that no one would have to go to hell. Jesus came to pay the price of sin, which is death, for every person! So that if they seek God and find God their sins could be atoned through the blood of Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Think about this: Lucifer was the worship leader of heaven and he rebelled and got a third of the angels to rebel with him. God had done nothing to warrant their rebellion, but they rebelled and rejected Him.
Jesus told us Himself that He saw Satan fall like lightning and I believe that is when God created hell. It was created for Satan and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)
Then there’s Adam and Eve. They had everything in Paradise, the Garden, everything they could ever desire, but they too reject God. It’s not a God they don’t know, they know Him! They walked and talked with Him every day. This was a perfect environment, no sin. The inexcusable rejection of a perfectly loving God is what they showed Him. God had done nothing but love them and they still rebelled against HIm.
Then we have Jesus. Jesus was rejected by the same people He was teaching, loving on and healing, that they crucified Him to a cross!
In the Book of Revelation, it tells us about a one thousand year reign. This is where Jesus rules on the earth for a thousand years and Satan is bound for this time. Here’s the tragic part: At the end of this thousand-year reign, Satan is released and he leads people in rebellion against God. After all this time, living with a loving Jesus, some of the people born during this time will rebel and reject our Lord. How sad will that be? But, look around, people reject Him now.
One of the greatest gifts that God ever gave mankind in creation is the “Free will! He created us with a choice to choose Him or reject Him. When someone loves us and they don’t have to, it’s meaningful! When someone is forced to love you, it is meaningless! Do you know why we worship God? Because we are not forced to.
God sends no one to hell, but people send themselves to hell all the time. Our eternal destination is made by us, not God. No one is going to force anyone to come to Jesus Christ, it’s a choice, unlike some religions.
Yes, it is true that Jesus died for the whole world, but if you don’t choose Him you will not be with Him through eternity.
In Isaiah Chapter 5, God is talking about His vineyard and He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes. He goes on to say that His people went into captivity because they had no knowledge and Sheol has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure. He says people will be brought down to it and each one humbled. God planted His people and gave them every opportunity to choose Him but they chose sin instead so hell was enlarged. Don’t get hung up on Sheol and Hades, because both mean hell.
The real question people should ask themselves is: How could anyone reject a loving God?