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How can a God of love send anybody to Hell?

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How can a God of love send anybody to Hell?

One of the classic problems that people bring up is: How can a God of love send anybody to Hell? Well, there are several answers to that

One of course is that God doesn't send anyone to Hell. You send yourself there. God has done everything He possibly can to keep you out of Hell and still leave you as a person with free will and not just a robot. That's the way He made us--after His image, after His likeness, the power to say “yes” or the power to say “no,” the power to reject our own Creator, and of course to take the consequences.

In one sense you can say He doesn't send anybody to Hell, because across the road to Hell he has placed the cross of Christ. There are also the prayers of parents, pastors and Sunday school teachers, and all the other things that God brings into our lives to stop us on our selfish way and to bring us to the Savior. We have to go wandering on past it all and put ourselves in Hell.

Sometimes you hear people say, "God wouldn't send His children to Hell." God certainly doesn't send His children to Hell because when we're His children we're in the family of God. We're born again and part of our salvation includes deliverance from judgment. We're not all children of God except through faith in Christ Jesus.

Can a God of love send anyone to Hell? You might as well ask some other question to make just as much sense. Does God allow disease in the world? Does God allow jails and prisons for some people? Does God allow the electric chair sometimes? Does God allow sin to break homes and hearts? Does God allow war? All of these things are the consequences of sin entering into the world, and in some cases the direct result of man's rebellion, and the result of greed and pride and egotism and hunger for power that doesn't have any use for people--only the desire to get ahead.

This is the incredible fruit of sin. Sin brings suffering into the world. There's no way of getting around it. And the greatest sin in the world is to reject the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

We have our catalog of sins. We have rape and incest and murder; and we have them all cataloged and classified--but there isn't one of them (or even put them all together in one big hunk) that comes close to the sin of keeping Jesus Christ out of your life. Did Jesus say, "I'm going to send the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin because they rob banks"-- or, "because they believe not on me"?

It is folly to expect that you or I can trifle with the Lord Jesus and not have a penalty attached to it. What ridiculous thinking people have in this area! We expect penalties for doing much less. Life is just built that way.

You jump off a high building, the law of gravity will take care of you. You might say, “God is love,” all the way down, but you're still going to get splattered when you hit the bottom! You break the law of gravity, and it breaks you! You may love your little child, but if he puts his finger up on that hot burner on the gas stove or the electric stove, he's going to get burned!

Fire burns. Gravity kills. Water drowns. And you can say, "God is love, God is love, God is love," until you're blue in the face. But water will still drown you, fire will burn you, and gravity will kill you, and sin will damn you no matter how much you say about a loving God.

God just set up life that way. He set up the rules. He set up the laws by which we are to live. And if we break those laws, they break us, and we pay the consequences.

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I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside. All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened. And yourself, in a dark hour, may will [a grumbling] mood, embrace it. Ye can repent and come out of it again. But there may come a day when you can do that no longer. Then there will be no you left to criticize the mood...

—excerpted from The Problem of Pain and The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), included in The Quotable Lewis, 1989 Tyndale
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In a sense, the concept of hell gives meaning to our lives. It tells us that the moral choices we make day by day have eternal significance, that our behavior has consequences lasting to eternity, that God Himself takes our choices seriously. The doctrine of hell is not just some dusty theological holdover from the Middle Ages. It has significant social consequences. Without a conviction of ultimate justice, people's sense of moral obligation dissolves, and social bonds are broke.

Of course, these considerations are not the most important reason to believe in hell. Jesus repeatedly issued warnings that if we turn away from God in this life, we will be alienated from God eternally.

And yet, although "the wages of sin is death," Paul also says that "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). While breath remains, it is never too late to turn to God in repentance, and when we ask for forgiveness, God eagerly grants it.

—excerpted from Answers to Your Kids' Questions, by Chuck Colson, 2000 Prison Fellowship Ministries.
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We may rest assured that no one will suffer in hell who could by any means have been won to Christ in this life. God leaves no stone unturned to rescue all who would respond to the convicting and wooing of the Holy Spirit. As for the fate of [the damned] being eternal, it could not be otherwise. Death is not the cessation of existence but the continuation of the eternal being with which God lovingly endowed man--but now in painful separation from God and all else in utter darkness and loneliness.

—excerpted from In Defense of the Faith, by Dave Hunt, 1996 Harvest House Publishers
</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <table style="width: 600px; height: 162px;" border="0" cellpadding="8" cellspacing="4"> <tbody><tr> <td class="smalltext" bgcolor="#ffffcc">The Bible says that God prepared hell for the devil and his demonic cohorts (Matthew 25:41), that He is "...not wishing for any [person] to perish but for all to come to repentance." (II Peter 3:9), and that He has done everything possible to save us from that terrible, terrible place. Yet in the end God will not violate or overrule the deliberate choice of those who consciously and willfully turn away from Him.

—Daryl E. Witmer of AIIA Institute
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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil." —Jesus Christ, John 3:16-19, NASV Bible

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Because in order to be loving to the innocents, He must punish the wicked.

It's the same as a murderer or rapist facing the death sentence specified in the Bible. If these criminals not killed off, the innocents will be in danger. And so by punishing the wicked, Elohim protects and avenges the good.

Revelation 16:5-6

5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
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We decide our fate. It up too us to accept or reject His FREE GIFT.

Of course , At that time? We are accepting His will as our will and what He did for us as Truth . Few will allow Him HIS proper place as LORD.
Sin seperates us from God.
Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

If we do not repent, and turn back to God, ceasing from sin and trusting in the strength of the Holy Spirit to live holy sanctified lives, we will remain separated forever. That separation from the only source of life, brings the inevitable. Death.

Now whether death means eternal life in hell, or literal cessation of life, is a matter for another discussion. But the result either way is eternal. There is no hope for one who dies in his sin. No second chances, no trusting in a "loving God" to change His mind. If sin, or anyone who practices sin, were permitted into heaven, this would endanger the entire universe. It would immortalise sin, and be an everlasting blight on God's creation. God dealt with Lucifer when he first rebelled by casting him out of heaven. Will God then now change His mind and allow Lucifer's/Satan's subjects free entrance into where their master was expelled? God does not change. His standards of righteousness will ever remain the same. The wages of sin has always been and will always be death. It is the only natural and inevitable conclusion to rebeliousness and transgression against God's laws. It is in fact the only sure way for God to deal with the sin problem. The death of the wicked is not only punishment for sin, but an eternal protection against any future problem.

Na 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
Our new Creature cannot sin . That why we are never separated from the LORD ever. Many leave out of churches and fellowships because they are told they do not measure up ? When they need more love and understanding. Some are young in the LORD and are having a hard time overcoming thing? We DO NOT GO along with Sin. But we do help the weak over come.

I remember once when young in the LORD ,I did wrong and wanted Him to punish me Hard. But instead He just Loved me and blessed me and I could not hardly stand it. That what Love does .
It does not beat us down. that what satan does . he reminds us of our failures. he alone wants us to think we cannot measure up . We will Never be the mighty child of God ,the LORD has already made us. We just going to keep sinning and feeling bad all the time. It not true , Because GOD made Each of us Over comers at salvation. .We can over come and walk in His mighty Power and be a example to others.

God just wants to keep us humble. We are Not humble if we are thinking we are better than others in the LORD.
In the first place? Everything we know and live is of the LORD. It All because of Him Always. We must never give ourselves glory or think in ourselves we are great or better? We give All the glory and Honor to Him because He does it all. He revealed all we know in Truth .

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