Thursday, February 23, 2006
How can a loving God send a good, decent person to hell?
This question is based on a premise that must be addressed before it can be answered:
- In order for a person to be called good, there must be a moral law by which good and evil are measured.
- If there is a moral law, there must be a moral lawgiver
- If there is a moral lawgiver, then that lawgiver gets to define the rules for morality.
1. Admit that you are guilty of sin and deserve to die [John 3:16]
2. Accept that Jesus paid your sin debt by dying in your place[Hebrews 2:9]
3. Abandon your old, sinful life. [ 2 Timothy 2:19]
4. Allow His Word to guide your new life [Romans 8:1]
How can a loving God send anyone to hell? You can look at it this way: If you do not want a relationship with God while you are on earth, it would be cruel and unloving for God to insist you spend eternity in His presence. But in deference to your will and honoring your wishes, He gives you what you desire: eternal separation from Him--in hell [2 Peter 3:9, Matt 25:41].
Now that's an act of love!