Can a loving God Send Anyone To Hell?



Question: “Can a loving God send anyone to hell?  If God loves us, how can He send us to hell?”



Bible Answer

Many think that God is sitting on His throne waiting to judge if each person should go to heaven or hell.  Some believe or hope that if they are at least 51% good, they will go to heaven.  Others want to believe that if God is all loving, then He will not send them to hell because they are a good person.   


While our loving God does judge us to determine our rewards in heaven or our punishment in hell, God does not judge us to determine if we will go to heaven or hell. Then who is our judge?  Each one of us is our own judge. Judgment is based on a simple question, “what have you done with Jesus? Have your accepted Him as your Lord and savior or have you rejected Him and His Word”.


We each make the judgment that determines our eternity. Have I repented of my sins and accepted Jesus as my loving Lord and savior or have I rejected Jesus.


Notice that the dividing line between heaven and hell is very clear and precise.  It is not based on getting a score greater than 50%, nor how many people you have I helped, or how much money you have I given away. Rather, by your judgment of Jesus, you choose to go to heaven or hell. You either repent of your sins and go to heaven or you keep your sins and go to hell. You, not a loving God makes that choice.


False Teaching

Some teach that hell could not be for eternity because our human bodies would quickly be destroyed in the fire. But after death, our bodies turn to dust, and after the Great While Thrown, those going to hell receive immortal bodies. Our bodies return to the dust of the earth (Ecc. 12:7) and when raised, are raised immortal. So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable (Phil 3:21). Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2). Contrary to what some claim, bodies in hell are imperishable and will remain for everlasting eternity.


Some claim that Sodam and Gomorrah where destroyed as an example to those living in sin, that Sodam and Gomorrah flames burned out and that hell will do the same. But comparing cities to hell is rather misleading. Scripture makes it clear that hell and those in it are eternal.


Others claim that the loving Jesus never mentioned hell, but the King James Bible lists 15 times that Jesus warned His audience about hell. In Luke 13:27-28, Jesus says, But he will reply, I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers! There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth.


Then there are those who claim that a loving, just, righteous God could not send anyone to hell. But we are all sinners and deserve hell. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). God would be perfectly just and righteous to let all mankind go to hell, but His great love would not permit it. He decided to save as many as would be willing to listen and come to Him. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).


God’s loves us; he wants to save us from our sins so that we may spend eternity with Him in heaven. God, …wants all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). God welcomes all mankind to come to His heaven, but we need to leave our sins behind [forgiven] because God is sinless. God will not let sin into heaven. Truly, truly, I say unto you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3,5). We have all sinned and can only be born again by confessing our sins and making Jesus our Lord.


To go to heaven, we need to walk in the love of God and stay in the cleansing blood of Christ. If we leave the cleansing blood, then we are the same as we were before we came to God. Only those free of sin are able to enter heaven.


We determine our destiny by our selection of following God in love or following our own worldly desires. By accepting Jesus or rejecting Jesus.  It is just that simple.


We cannot ask, “How can a loving God send anyone to hell,” but we must ask, “How can I refuse God’s love, salvation, and heaven.”



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