So many people ask why did God…? For instance: Why did God create hell? Why would a loving God send anyone to hell? Why did God create two trees in the Garden? Here’s the key to all these questions you have to remember when answering why to any of these questions: You can never answer any question about God that goes outside of His character and nature and expect to get the correct answer.
We know His nature and character through Scripture and the whole of Scripture, not just picking here and there. If a person tries to answer difficult questions about God without taking into consideration His character, they will come to the wrong conclusion of His nature.
God Is A Good God!
Psalm 119:68 – You are good, and do good; teach me Your statutes. God isn’t good because He does good. God does good because He is good. God being good is not dependant upon Him doing good, He does good because He is good. It’s because God is truth. Because God is truth He can’t lie!
This falls in line with the way people think about the Sovereignty of God. Most people think this means that God can do anything He wants to do. What it means is that He’s sovereign, because He’s the supreme ruler of the universe. But because He is who He is, He can’t act outside of His character.
Now in this same way God is love. So everything we read in Scripture we put in the basic, God is good, God is truth, and God is love.
Moses had asked God to see His glory. Here is a practical definition for glory: Glory is what you’re famous for; it’s what you’re known for. So when Moses asked God to show him His glory, he wanted God to show him what He’s famous for. What is God best at doing?
Exodus 33:18 – And he (Moses) said, “Please, show me Your glory.” (Verse 19) Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Now we know that anything we read in the Bible about God has to line up with “God is good.” If we don’t do this, we will think that God is harsh or mean. For instance; When we read that Adam and Eve sinned, God drove them out of the Garden and gave the reason why He did it: Genesis 3:22 – Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” – (Verse 23) therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. (Verse 24) So He drove out the man, and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Too many people think that God was mad at Adam and Eve and just kicked them out of the garden. No, that’s not correct. Here’s why He drove them out. Adam and Eve sinned and were now in a fallen state. They became separated from God and if they ate from the tree of life, they would live forever in a fallen state! Separated from God forever. God didn’t want that so He drove them out!
That is God’s goodness. People won’t pick up on that if they don’t have it rooted in them that “God is a good God!”
By the way: That same tree of life is in heaven and we can eat from it all we want because we will be in a redeemed state. God didn’t want Adam and Eve to stay in a fallen state.
God Is Also Just!
Isaiah 45:21 – …”And there is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me.” There will never be injustice with any of God’s judgments. That’s why I don’t believe that God chose some people to go to hell and some to go to heaven because that’s not just. God doesn’t choose anyone to go to hell. It’s a choice by the individual.
People still ask: Would a just God send anyone to hell? Here’s another question people ask: Would God send someone to hell that’s never had a chance to hear the gospel? Never answer these questions in your own opinion, use Scripture.
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. (manifest, to make known)
(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,
God manifests Himself to every person internally and externally. God makes His presence known to every human being. That’s what this Scripture is saying. God manifests Himself by giving to every person what only God can give.
God gave us a conscience so He manifests Himself on the inside of each of us. He manifests Himself on the outside because we have His creation all around us. Conscience and creation both manifest God’s presence. Our conscience tells us there is a God. And creation tells us there is a God.
Why do you think He created a universe this big? There are stars 300 million light-years away. He wants us to walk outside and look up in awe and say, “There’s got to be a God that created all this!” Here’s another amazing thing; Nothing collided with nothing, it all stays in perfect orbit! The “Big bang” theory is still just a theory.
Did you know that God put eternity in every person’s heart? No person will ever be able to say, “No one told me.” Here’s why: Because God can come and say, “I told you!” He’s got so many ways to speak to us, including His creation. From the time we are a small child, God puts it in our hearts to wonder about Him. Every person who seeks after 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 will 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.”
Acts 17:26 – “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 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.”
God Is Love
God is a good God, He’s a just God, and He is love! 1 John 4:8 – He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. Now for the question so many ask: “Why would a loving God send anyone to hell?” Let’s look at this from a Biblical perspective. God did not create hell for people. God created hell for the devil and his angels.
Matthew 25:41 – “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: God prepared heaven for people that love Him and created hell for the devil and his angels. However, man became evil.
Isaiah 5:11 – Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may follow intoxicating drink; who continue until night, till wine inflames them! (Verse 12) The harp and the strings, the tambourine, and flute, and wine are in their feasts; but they do not regard the work of the LORD, nor consider the operation of His hands. (Verse 13) Therefore my people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
(Verse 14) Therefore Sheol (Old Testament word for hell) has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; Their glory and their multitude and their pomp, and he who is jubilant shall descend into it.
Hell was enlarged by necessity, not by design. Satan enlarged it by getting a third of the angels to follow him and then he got people to follow him.
Let’s look at the constant, inexcusable, rebellious rejection of a loving God that does everything right. Lucifer was the worship leader in heaven and lead a third of the angels to rebel against God. They were not created in a bad situation. God never abused them, never treated any of them bad and a third of them, including Lucifer rejected Him. That’s the first rebellious story of the rejection of God.
The second one is found in Genesis 3. God creates Adam and Eve, perfect bodies, perfect health, perfect garden, perfect marriage, perfect relationship with God and a perfect relationship with each other. And they rebelled against God.
Here’s the third story of the rejection of God: God sent His own Son to this earth who explained the Scriptures and who did nothing but good for thirty-three and one-half years. He healed people, raised people from the dead, loved on people, had dinner with sinners, never acted prideful or arrogant, and the people rejected Him so bad that they tortured Him to death.
So the answer to that question, “Would a loving God send someone to hell,? is that people send themselves to hell by the choice they make. Jesus already paid for all of our sins and all we have to do is believe in Him and we choose heaven for all eternity.
Here’s another question people ask: “Why did God create us with a free will?” You can’t truly love anyone unless you have a free will to do so.
This earth and what’s in it and on it, one day will be burned up. What is left is God’s family. He gets a family that truly loves Him! Choose to be in God’s family and we spend eternity with Him. Choose a life of rebellion and you choose not to be in His family.
My question is: Why would anyone reject a loving God? Eternity is your choice. You will never be able to blame God because God makes Himself known in and to every person in this world.