A Loving God Would Not Send Anyone To Hell!
This is a very common belief. Why? Well, you see, everyone experiences God's love in their life.....
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
God loves us all--and He is always trying to get our attention with his love--it's the only way He knows how--because he is love!
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." (1John 4:8)
And God loves everyone! Absolutely everyone--in fact the whole world-!
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16).
But, to make the conclusion that because God is love, and loves everyone, no one goes to hell (and there are many other versions of this belief--only the very worst people go to hell--or there is no real place called hell--or some even say that hell is this life--God rewards us all with heaven after we die)--all these beliefs are very unrealistic, are not contained in a full understanding of the Bible--and completely ignore some very important things!
I have one question for folks who believe these things--Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? If not to save us from hell--then why did He need to offer Himself?
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:16-17).
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." (1 John 4:8-9).
"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." (1 John 3:16).
You see, the Bible clearly says that the fullness of God's love is completely expressed by the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ at the cross. We shouldn't make up our own interpretation of God's love--the love we all feel from God is meant to lead us to a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ His Son. And the only way we can have this relationship is by allowing our sin to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. If there was no hell- Jesus wouldn't have needed to die and shed His blood--He wasted His time going to the cross and shedding His blood!
Lets think carefully--to reason in our mind that a loving God does not send anyone to Hell--leads us to believe that it doesn't matter what we do--or don't do--or what or who we believe in! Why not rob, cheat and steal everything you can! Why not be completely selfish and do whatever we feel like doing! There is no hell-! And most important--this idea rejects the great victory that Jesus won upon the cross--and the great salvation that is spoken of in the Bible-!
"To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins," (Luke 1:77) "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."(Acts:4:12) "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;" (Romans1:16) "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ," (1Thessalonians 5:9)
The word salvation is listed 166 times in the Bible-! It is prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled clearly by Jesus death and resurrection in the New Testament. The name of Jesus means salvation-! If not from hell--then what did Jesus save us from--?
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