Often, I hear people say, “If God is a loving God, why would He send people to Hell”? Also, “I’m a “good person” and give to charities if God’s gonna send me to Hell for being a good person, well then have at it”. I hear this often, and have to be honest, I believe God’s word but like anyone else understanding it is a process.
First off, I do understand that God does not want anyone to go to Hell.( Matthew 25:41- Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.) Hell was made for Satan and the other 200 fallen angels as they gave up their place in heaven, to come to earth and do as they will. (Another long story entirely)(Genesis:6 1-4 6 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with[a] humans forever, for they are mortal[b]; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.) Hell was created for these fallen, not us.
Humans have free will and we have the opportunity to choose to have life everlasting by professing with our mouths sincerely that we accept Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins, and that we desire to sin no more. His blood covers us, so when God looks down He sees His son, the Holy Spirit and not our sinful spirit. We are renewed, born again.
John3:2-7 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit.
Why do we need his coverage? Doesn’t He know we are sinners and need redemption? Yes, He knows, but will not force it on us, thus free will.
His coverage is needed because our nature (sin) and God’s nature (Holy) are not compatible. Hebrews 12:29 states that”our God is a consuming fire.”Nahum1:5 also says that”The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world and all that dwell therein.” The entire world and all that is in it would be burned up at His presence because of His holy nature.
This analogy might help. Charles Stanley said take fire for example. Fire is hot by nature. Fire doesn’t make itself hot; it is hot. That is the nature of fire. If you stuck your hand in a campfire to retrieve a hot dog that fell off your stick, you would be burned. You wouldn’t get mad at the fire. You wouldn’t say “I can’t believe the fire burned me.” I never did anything to the fire! Why would it treat me like that? Fire and your hand are NOT compatible.
Since the nature of fire is to burn, and the nature of God is to consume (burn) sin, then man being sinful becomes a problem. God’s nature and our sin nature are incompatible. It’s not a matter of our sins being minor, and thereby why can’t He overlook them. It is because any sin, even minor cannot exist in His presence. (paraphrased from “What Happens when I die?” By, Bill Wiese)
This analogy was of great assistance to me, it really helped me understand the enormity of sin, and the urgency to accept Christ as your savior and to accept His gift given to us by grace, so that we could stand in His presence for all eternity. Death is a heartbeat away, and Heaven and Hell are non negotiable. We can never be good enough, it is all about what HE did on the cross, to save us from this fallen world. Good works are what we do in gratitude to Him, they will never be enough to save ourselves.
Peace and Blessings to all who are reading this, it is not by accident. Today is the day to accept that gift!