If God Loves Everyone, Why Does He Send People To Hell?

It’s hard for people to swallow really. Christians share the message of a God who thrives on love so deeply that He sent His son to die for us, so why then is He so willing to allow us to go to Hell?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

He’s not. God the Father, sent God the Son to die on the cross – let me say it again – to die on the cross for us. There is nothing about that act that should leave room for, “Well if God loves me why is He sending me to Hell?” The catch here that people don’t like is that you can’t have it both ways. If you believe in Christ and live the life He calls you to live, you go to Heaven. If you don’t you don’t.

There has to be more right? Sure. Don’t forget that God is a good and fair God who has made the decision to grant us freewill, regardless of how we may abuse such a gift.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

If you want Heaven, ask for it, seek it, and knock until the door opens for you. How? Through Christ. If you’re asking God to please keep His distance, if you’re seeking a life focused on the pleasures of this world, and if you’re knocking on every door other than God’s, when you stand before Him, He’s going to give you exactly what you asked for because He is a good and fair God who has made the decision to give us freewill regardless of how we may abuse such a gift.

See the loop?

So it really comes down to you. If you don’t want to do this whole “God thing,” but you’re afraid of going to Hell, maybe you need to look deeper into yourself and decide what’s actually important. We’re good at blaming other people for things that go wrong, but God is doing all He can to get you into Heaven, He just won’t force you to go in, so don’t blame Him if you decide you don’t like where you end up.

Thanks for reading everyone, I hope you’re all doing well
God Bless

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Small.

Well it’s been an eventful month, (I even got married!) but I’m back and it feels great. I hope you’re all doing well. This should be fairly short so settle in and enjoy. 🙂

In the New Testament there was a man I’m sure we all know who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Saul, until Christ stepped in and changed his life forever and he became Paul. On the surface, the story of Christ making such a monumental change in someone’s life is enough to inspire anyone; If Paul can kill Christians and still be redeemed in such a way my own issues seem smaller, and that’s something everyone needs from time to time… whatever you think is going to keep you from God’s love and forgiveness isn’t nearly big enough to do so.

It brings to mind the song, No Light No Light, by Florence and the Machine, which paints the picture of a couple having problems. The singer knows her lover just wants things to be better, but she’s ashamed, afraid, and doubts that he’ll stay with her regardless of everything she’s done. I haven’t done any research on whether this was intending to have a Christian angle, but it certainly does and it’s a good reminder that God just wants to set the record straight with us so we can get on with His plan for our lives. It’s definitely worth listening to.

The part of Paul’s story that I really want to focus on though is his conversion from Saul to Paul. Saul had built up a reputation but when Christ came to him he became “Paul,” which means “Small,” or “Humble,” or “Little,” depending on which etymology source you use. It was only by humbling himself before the Lord, literally, that Paul was able to become one of the biggest names in Christianity, write over half of the New Testament, and turn completely from the man he had once been.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10

So what does that mean for us? It means that not only can we redeemed from even the darkest, most destructive lifestyles, if we trust in God’s path our potential is limitless. If it seems like Christianity is starting to get persecuted in a big way again, whether it’s just in schools or world-wide, that means there’s a lot of use available for a truly humble Christian. Paul’s life wasn’t an easy one but that’s because he was building for a paradise in Heaven. Not to say you should all give up the lives you have in order to become traveling evangelists, but take some time to really humble yourself before God and there’s not a single doubt in my mind you’ll find yourself on the path He wants you to be on.

Thanks for reading everyone, feel free to share your thoughts

God Bless

Wait for the Whisper.

“And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”” 1 Kings 19:11-13

I hate it when I’m watching something that has gunshots or explosions or something like that and I have to turn the t.v. up higher than usual to hear the dialogue but that means I’m blasted out of my chair by the sound effects. That’s kind of what happens when we try to hear God better; everything else gets louder too. If you’re waiting on a word, maybe you should follow Elijah’s example; go where you can be alone and wait for the whisper.

Thanks for reading,

God Bless

Just Kids in Strollers.

I’m doing a Bible study and yesterday the chapter talked about when Eli’s sons lost a battle so they took the Arc of the Covenant with them into their next battle, assuming that would be enough to secure the victory for them. Not only did they lose, but the Philistines ended up capturing the Arc. The study goes on to warn against falling into a pattern of using God as a good luck charm. We’ve all done it at some point. When I was in 5th grade I very vividly remember clenching the cross around my neck and praying for knowledge I didn’t have in order to win a spelling bee. I didn’t. Not to say we shouldn’t ask God for things, but there’s always the chance of God saying no, and that’s something we need to accept and learn to be okay with.

“But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”” Psalm 31:14

Every once in a while when I’ve got my daughter out in her stroller, she’ll get a little spooked when we go up an incline. There’s no reason for it of course, but sometimes her mind just screams, “This is wrong. I’m not level. I’m supposed to be level, I must be falling.” So she wants me to save her, but before she even has a chance to get truly scared we level out again and she’s just fine. This is kind of how we are with God. When things are fine we’re enjoying the ride, but the moment we aren’t level anymore we want God to provide a magic way out, flatten the ground before our feet, and make the ride comfortable again.

So that’s where you have the choice; you can let God push you up those uncomfortable inclines or you can tell Him to go away and try to push your own stroller.

The problem with that last option is my daughter tries pushing her own stroller too. She doesn’t do that bad, but she can’t see over the stroller and really can’t reach very well so she doesn’t have much control over where it goes and it’s not long before she’s weaving her way right off the sidewalk and I have to intervene. (disclosure: never done beside the street… just in the park) What’s really funny though is that when she’s decided it’s her job to push the stroller, if she notices me helping her guide it, she’ll actually push my hand away. Sound familiar?? I know it does for me.

Can you just imagine though? If the entire world was made up of kids either strapped in strollers or pushing ones too big for them. Some are stretching down to push themselves along with a foot, some might have managed to snag a stick to push with. All of these kids obviously sticking close to the comfortable paths because we can’t do those inclines alone. We just can’t. I don’t have an example where my daughter tried that one because I don’t want to see the stroller flip back on her. Then you have the few actually getting somewhere because they’re letting God push. Yeah, it gets uncomfortable from time to time and most of the time you won’t know what’s at the top of that incline, but that’s okay, because God can see it and He wouldn’t be taking you there if it was somewhere you didn’t need to be.

So if you’re stuck on that incline today and you really wish God would step in and make things comfortable again, just try to accept the chaos for a moment. He’s still there and if you trust in Him, you’ll level out again soon and you’ll be better for it.

Thanks for reading everyone, share any thoughts in the comments.

God Bless

Happy Easter!

I want to wish all of you a very happy Easter, (which it still is by my clock) I hope you all had a great Sunday. I won’t be posting a long rant today, only to say that this is a day of triumph for us and I pray you all remember that. This is the day the game truly changed. He is risen!

“And He said to them, “Go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15

These are the instructions Christ gave His disciples after He rose from the grave. Today we should all take some time to reflect on how we can obey this just a little bit better than yesterday.

God Bless

Leave the Dead.

“And Jesus said to him, “Follow me and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”” Matthew 8:22

We’re all busy. I once worked for a man who worked seven days a week year round except for a grand total of two weeks. I’m sure this verse can mean a lot of things to each individual, but to me what it’s saying now is, what’s holding you back? If Jesus was at your door right now what would you ask Him to wait for? No I get it, let’s go save the world, but first I’d really like to finish mowing the yard, or could you wait until October maybe? That’s when I get my vacation time. Something we all need to remember is that we aren’t ever going to achieve “perfect” or “good enough” without God. If we could do that Jesus would not have had to die for us.

What’s stopping you today? Has God been calling you only to hear about all the things you need to do first? Maybe you need to make the choice to just do it. Step out in faith, let God handle what matters and what doesn’t matter will handle itself.

Hope you guys enjoyed the thought,
God Bless

 

Facing Goliath.

Sometimes, on days like these, I feel like I’m a young David, where Goliath is towering over me and my only option is to strike him down before he reaches me. We all have days like that I think, where our problems seem to block out the sun and there’s no way around, just straight through.

Well if you haven’t read my last post, “Nothing to Fear but God,” I talk about how there’s nothing we face that God can’t protect us from. I don’t know David personally, so I can’t say whether or not he was afraid, but he provides an excellent example on how to handle problems.

“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” 1 Samuel 17:48

This verse was pointed out once during a sermon when I was younger and I absolutely love it. This occurs after David has already proclaimed his victory in the name of the Lord. This means that a boy not only stood up to a giant warrior, but he ran out to meet him. What does this say for us?

It gives us the formula we need to face our greatest obstacles. When the only option is to move straight through, cry out your success in the name of God, because a success for His glory is the only one that matters. I think a good term here is, “hit your knees.” Submit yourself completely to God in the face of your giant. Once you’ve done that, run straight at it and remember, God raises warriors from shepherds.

“Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” 1 Samuel 17:49

David took out a weapon he had used before to defend his flock against a lion and a bear. God empowers us with the tools we train with, and today our greatest weapon against giants is the Word of God. You should train in it every day, practicing against your lions and your bears, so that on days like today when a giant towers over you, you’ve got a tool to reach for.

So today I pray, that when your giants tower over you, that you remember David, the boy who toppled his giant.

Thanks for reading, let me know what you guys thought,
God Bless