God Doesn’t Send People to Hell


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Imagine a survivor of the Holocaust, living life out quietly, suffering the residual emotional, mental and spiritual pain of the atrocities she witnessed and experienced. She harmed no one and was a decent mother, grandmother wife and citizen. Someone preaches the Gospel to her on her death bed, and she rejects it. Will God send her to heaven or hell?

The question is deceptive. It presents a false dichotomy.

Really? Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but through Him.[1] Peter, who walked with Jesus, ate meals with Him and sat at His feet as he was mentored by Jesus, proclaimed that there is salvation in no one else.[2]

If Jesus is God’s Son, sent to bring the world to the Father, and there is no other name by which men must be saved, then a person who rejects rejects Jesus is not going to heaven. Doesn’t that mean God will send them to hell?

Well, first of all, God doesn’t send people to hell.

God is love.[3] Right? So doesn’t that mean God should not send anyone to hell?

Actually, love is the reason God will not send someone to heaven!

God won’t force someone to heaven who doesn’t want to be there. We assume that everyone wants to go to heaven, to spend eternity with God, but that isn’t the case. Some people run from Jesus their entire lives. They don’t want what God is offering.

When a man pursues a woman who doesn’t want a relationship, if he loves her (or at least respects her), he will stop pursuing her at some point. When she makes it clear that she doesn’t want a relationship, he might be tempted to keep pursuing her, hoping she will change her mind.But, the right thing to do, the respectful thing to do, the loving thing to do is stop pursuing her. Let her go.

If she rejects him outright and tells him to go away, but he continues to pursue her, we call that stalking. If he forces himself upon her, we call that rape.

If God were to force Himself upon us, it wouldn’t be love.

God can’t force us to love Him. It wouldn’t be love if He did.

God won’t force Himself on us. If we don’t want Him, He will let us go because anything else would not be love.

God gave us His son. He gave us the Bible. He sends missionaries, preachers, radio, TV and more. If we reject Him, He gives us over to our own desires[4].

In the end, however, there are only two choices: relationship with God or no relationship with God. We are either with Him or against Him. Heaven will be eternity with God, the source of life and love. Hell will be eternity without relationship with the source and giver of life and love.

Here on earth in this life everyone has some of the benefits of life with God. The rain falls on everyone, and the sun shines on everyone. We all experience common love and relationship in this world created for us by God.

Imagine, however, a place where there is none of that. There is no love, no relationships, no hope – “nothing but stone cold narcissistic self-absorption”[5]. That is hell.

Hell is being separated from the source of all goodness and love. Hell is being separated from God.

God doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose hell because they don’t want God.[6]

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[1] John 14:6

[2] Acts 4:12 (“[T]here is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”)

[3] 1 John 4:8

[4] Romans 12:1

[5] https://www.facebook.com/ImpactApologetics/videos/838428646288660/ Frank Turk on How to better approach the subject of Hell

[6] The Bible suggests degrees of reward in heaven and in degrees of hell. The truly wicked and depraved will not be in the same place as the person who simply rejects God, but the person who rejects God will not be forced to spend eternity with God.

God is also perfectly just. What happens in the afterlife will be the outworking of that perfect justice. It will make sense in light of God’s justice where people end up.

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