I hear people ask, “Why would a loving God send people to hell?”  My answer has been, “He does not”.  Some who hear my answer and ask then, “Do you not preach that sinners go to hell?” or something along that order of thought.  Of course I do believe  in hell.  I believe in hell that was made for the devil and demons.  It was not made for mankind.

However, hell is the destination of all who refuse God’s gracious gift of salvation.  You are dying.  You are a condemned person.  Because of the fall of Adam; because of Adam’s sin we are all doomed to death, and hell.  God does not send us there.  That is our destination apart from God’s gift of grace.  Hear the words of the prophet Ezekiel:

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” Ezekiel 18:30-32 (KJV)

Yes, the LORD is speaking to Israel.  Yes it has application for all people.  Hear the words of Jesus in John 3…

“He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18

The question you need to be asking is not “Why would a loving God send people to hell?”  the question should be; “Why do I reject the offer, the gift of grace, through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ God’s Son?”  Why do you?  You are already condemned, dying, going to hell.  God has freely given you His Son dying on a cross to redeem you.

Why do you choose to condemn yourself to an eternity without God, and to be in the flames of hell for all eternity?

God has no pleasure in your death.  He is pleased when people come to Him.  Just call on His name, and He will hear your cry for help.

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