So if Jesus died for our sins and set us free from the penalty of sin, does that mean no one goes to hell now?
Certainly not! The forgiveness of sins is not a coverall blanket tossed over the whole world – but is instead a free gift available for the taking by anyone who will believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord. Salvation is certainly an open invitation – but one that must be received.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
The very moment someone recognizes their need for salvation, repents and surrenders to Jesus Christ, they become born again. There is no magic prayer to recite – it is a heart level moment where we recognize our true condition and make a decision in faith.
As a new father, I already understand the huge love bond between parents and children. I would never bring any harm to my child for being disobedient; even if they didn’t love me. Knowing that God is so much greater than I – I have to wonder, would God ever send His children to hell? Definitely not!
However, the biggest error one can make is to assume we are all God’s children. When in reality, until we are born again we are children of the devil and enemies of God. Yet God loves us so much that even while we were sinners, even while we were His enemies – He died for us. Through His death and resurrection we can be born again and when we are born again we become children of God.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
Being a child of God is a privilege – It’s not automatic and it’s certainly not our right. Rightfully we deserve hell and without Christ it is what we will get – until we understand this we will have a difficult time understanding why people go to hell.
To declare that God is a loving father who never sends His children to hell is a fallacy – God never sends His children to hell because those who go to hell were never Gods children.
Some might say that if God allows us to go to hell then He never truly loved us. Those people fail to realize that we were going to hell of our own doing, despite Gods love, but it was Gods love that rescued us from it! Gods love is not found in the act of withholding punishment, but in rescuing us from it! In fact, NOT punishing sin when it is required, would make God worse than unloving, it would make Him inconsistent and compromise His character – which means He could not be trusted.
A common objection arises concerning those who do not accept Christ – “So then those who reject Christ still go to hell? That doesn’t seem fair!”
Is it not fair to judge sin? Should God let sin slide as if it’s no big deal? Absolutely not! If God were to let sin slide he would not be just, he would be corrupt – and a corrupt God is not trustworthy. In reality what’s not fair is that Jesus took the punishment for our sin – but without it we would never be reunited with God and we would never see eternal life. We should be thankful that we’re not getting what’s fair! We must be careful to realize the true work that God has done for us or we risk diminishing it.
We must never forget that God didn’t want to send us to hell but He had to – His holy nature required it.
It is foolish to think that this is unloving when in reality it allowed God to demonstrate exactly how loving He is by providing the only way out.
This understanding of God’s love is based in His word and truth. We could reject scripture and say that God is too loving to let anyone go to hell but what then is the authority for truth? To teach anything other than the necessity of Christ’s sacrifice and the reality of hell is absolutely false teaching. God loves you and He provided a way out.
Stay in Gods word my friends.