I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How can a loving God sentence people to eternal suffering in hell?

Our God is indeed a God of love.  As such he gives us free will.  He does not "sentence" us to hell.  We get to make that choice. Hell is eternal separation from God. Since God is love, hell is the absence of love.  Since God is light, hell is the absence of light. Our God is not only the God of love, He is also perfect righteousness and absolute holiness. As such, there can be absolutely no sin in his presence in heaven.  We are all sinners, forgiven by God's grace and Christ's sacrifice in place of us.  The truth is we all deserve hell, but God provided an alternative: heaven. God's word makes it clear that He would prefer every human being spend eternity in heaven with Him, but He left the choice to us.  Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, or accept hell.  Easy choice for me! 

So God does not "sentence" anyone to hell.  He gives us a choice.  It is truly up to each of us individually. Choose heaven, or choose hell.

Related scripture:  John 5:24

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