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  • It really depends on how you look at it.
  • I don't think it's suppose to be viewed as him sending people there. But that is a good question. It would be nice for a hard core Christian to give a logically explaination for that.
  • It depends entirely on your interpretation of Hell. What religion are you referring to?
  • Just asking, where do you get that God sends people to hell? One that does not believe in God the creator has no need to fear hell, It is by faith that gives me the choice to know that those who believe in Him shall not perrish, but have ever lasting life. I do not sense that God sends me to hell, and I am the one who is suppose to fear that!
  • As others, I'm wondering where you have gotten this? In my opinion and beliefs, God does not send people to Hell, the Free Will given to people who make the decisions based ON their own Free Will are the ones that essentially "send" themselves to hell. Like others have said, however, it depends on the religion.
  • Who says G-d sends people to hell? I think if that happens or if you believe it does, it is the people and their actions that sends them there. There is free will.
  • God is love, but he is also Just! Why should a serial murderer get to go to heaven.
  • Yes. Imagine a love so unconditional, deep and profound that God would allow people to die (suicide) or suffer by their own actions. Every situation has choices. Each choice leads us in one direction or another. Unconditional love allows us to make either decision. Does it hurt God when people make the wrong choices? Yes, it does. Its like a parent that discovers their child is an addict. It hurts a lot, but the choice was not made by the parent.
  • "If God sends people to hell is that a God of love?" To answer your question as it is written - NO. However as others have pointed out God doesn't "send people to hell". People send themselves to hell by what they do/think/feel.
  • Alright here is how you have to look at it. God is a loving God but God is also a just God. This leaves him with a bit of a problem, punishment must be unleashed for your sins. Now if you accept Christ then Christ takes your punishment and you get into heaven. If you do not accept Christ you must be punished for your sins and you go to hell. Also if you are not accepting Christ then you are not accepting God himself. And since you are not accepting God it is only logical that God give you what you want which is a place to go to be free of him.
  • God doesn't send people to hell. They send themselves. God doesn't reject people. People reject God. **Jesus is the way.. the cross is the means.**
  • You don't go up and then down ... You go up ... or you go down ... the choice is yours ... and it's being made now! so get it together people ...
  • It's not as hard as people think. God gave people something that we in America take for grated, FREEDOM of choice. God gave us the choice to live a life with him, or the choice to live without him, pretty simple. Now to ask that God isn't a God of love, you have to understand the fact that God maybe evil. Because if God truely sent people to hell, he would be evil, but God doesn't choose who goes to hell or not, we do. A university professor challenged his students with this question. Did God create everything that exists? A student bravely replied yes, he did!" "God created everything?" The professor asked. "Yes, sir," the student replied. The professor answered, "If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil." The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth. Another student raised his hand and said, "Can I ask you a question professor?" "Of course", replied the professor. The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?" "What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?" The students snickered at the young man's question. The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Everybody and every object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (- 460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have too little heat. The student continued. "Professor, does darkness exist?" The professor responded, "Of course it does". The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present." Finally the young man asked the professor. "Sir, does evil exist?" Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. "These manifestations are nothing else but evil." To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love, that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light." The professor sat down.
  • Nope, that is not a God of love. There are to many contradictions, and ultimatums in the Christian based religions as told about in the bible. It says you must do this or do that in order to get into heaven, but then they say you may or may not go into heaven because there is only so much room on the boat ect. ect. In some of the (mythological) stories of the bible God is a jealous and vengeful God, and in others he's an all forgiving and loving God? God sounds kinda manic or bi-polar, talk about mood swings, this God could be a poster child for Prozac or Zoloft! So what gives? Control, confusion, mindgames, esoteric psychobabble, misinformation, that's basically what it's all about. People read the bible and take out of it what they "make themselves believe" to be the word of God, and then they use this "programmed information" to bend other weaker peoples minds to believe in "their way of life" or burn in hell... which is another term for "conform or be put to death". Some God aye? Here's some interesting facts; More wars have been fought in the name of God than for any other reason. More people have died for their religous causes than for any other reason. More people have died in the name of God, more so than all the wars combined throughout human history. Religion is a multi-TRILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY. Some religions believe that homosexuals should be put into prisons, or rehabilitation camps (that's a nice way of saying concentration camp) or be put to death altogether. Some religions believe that women who have an abortion should be put to death along with the physicians that practice. The catholic religion alone has enough money and owns so much land they could end homelessness, famine, hunger, and supply much needed medicine to every humanbeing on the planet for next millenium and beyond. But they only distribute a meager percentage every year and sit on the rest. Well they did start out as a financial institution,... the Vatican was the foundation of what we call the World Bank.
  • God doesnot want to send ppl to hell. He is a just & fair God. The choices we make in life and our actions lead us to a life after death either in hell or heaven. I have no right to judge anyone but what about serial killers; child molesters; rapists - do u think they deserve heaven? unless i guess they truly ask for forgiveness and that only God can judge. It depends on how you perceive it from your point of view of your religion. i believe God gives us many chances on earth to improve ourselves. its up to us to see those as an apportunity to become morally, ethically good people. Depending on our religion, we know what not to do (sins) and what to do that will bring us closer to God.
  • I do not believe God sends people to hell
  • That's one of the main reasons I'm not a Christian anymore. God is a invisible avenger who tells everyone what to do and if you do anything wrong he will send you to a place of fire and torture where you will rot and burn for all eternity.......but he loves you? I like to think that I'm a fairly logical person, so that's just too stupid for me.
  • God is a god of love. He doesn't really send you to Hell, but at the same time, if you reject Him, why should he let you hang around with Him. We as Christians refer to the time when all meet God as a wedding of sorts, and if you do not accept the invitation, or you reject the bridegroom, why should you get to attend the wedding?
  • Wow this could take along time to respond too because it brings in so many variables. So first of all, does God send people to hell? NO I think if it were Gods desire to send people to hell he would not have made a way of escape through Jesus. Why should God have the right to send anyone to hell? (this is one of those variables I mentioned) if you believe that God is the creator then we as the creation have a responsible to Him. In the Garden of Eden, Adam made a decision that affected all of mankind, his choice was to choose the pleasures of sin rather than be in direct relationship with the creator. The problem was that Adam wasn't just representing himself he was speaking for you and me (it sucks I know) but truly you and I probably wouldn't have made a different choice, now before you say how do you know that? I say it because your making the choice now you have decided that GOD doesn't have the right to make demands on you His creation but you probably make demands on other people in your life and rightfully so (children, employees, co-workers, students etc..) So lets go back to something I mentioned at the beginning of this response, Jesus the way of escape, you see Jesus is Gods answer of love, God knew we would fail and so before Adam and Eve blew it in the Garden Jesus made the sacrifice needed for our way of escape it was physically manifested about 2000 years ago but actually had been accomplished before the world was formed. Hell was not created for you but for the devil and his angels but as the scripture states "friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God" So you see it comes back down to a choice that you still have the opportunity to make. The bible says if you confess Christ with your mouth and believe that he died for your sins and rose from the grave you are saved confess Him as Lord and Savior ahh there it is again living for someone other than yourself living for God and others, it's up to you.
  • God does not send no one to hell because we are in hell this world is hell we suffer every day sometimes for no reason the good is always the one to pay look at what happen on september 11 look around.
  • God did not create hell for men or women. However, as has been pointed out, God is Just and sin does indeed belong in hell. HOWEVER, God is Love and has done everything He can to get us to turn from sin and turn to Him. Did you know that God actually pleas, begs, us to leave sin and pursue Him? Read this and tell me if this is a God who wants to send someone to hell: "Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!" Ezekiel 18:30-32 He sounds to me very much like a God of love!!
  • First of all, if God ever existed, or does, Hell is not real. Hell is the translation from the word 'Gehellan', which is the Greek name for a place in Jerusalem. This place is pretty much the dump, where they dispose of dead bodies belonging to criminals and such. So Jesus basically tells us that we will end up that way if we continue sinning. Now, another reason why I don't necessarily believe in religion, is that this could be applied to anything. You're an alcoholic, no where near recovery, you'll probably die from liver dysfuntions. As opposed to someone who is living healthy and well, dies typically peacefully and elderly. I know this very much a sort of stereotype, but I'm trying to make you see how it could really mean anything, and not necessarily just religious. So, all this to say that I do not believe in hell, and for those who do, it isn't god that sends you to hell, it's how you treat yourself how you treat your life, how you take care or yourself. Not how much you sin against god, or against religin; but against yourself.
  • God sends people where they choose to go by their own will. It would be merciless act by God to send just person to Hell, as it is to send evil person to Heaven. It’s in His mercy that evil person goes to Hell because that is their domain that they choose; their wretched evil state demands an environment that matches their evil makeup. Agony of evil soul would be much greater being among saints than it would be in the hell, having a pleasure of torturing each other. This is their chosen environment they are very well acquainted with. Evil person is not afraid of hell and it’s looking forward to it, same as a righteous soul is looking toward the heavenly bliss. Evil soul would never pick heaven for everlasting abode, only those that have been redeemed through the Blood of Christ can and do long for their heavenly destination. Love, hate, good and evil are all much known to us, irrelevant of religion, we all know it well. They all bear fruit, yielding life or death, with Heaven or Hell being final everlasting banquet table. We reap what we sow…
  • That is a God that is just and a God that makes promises and keeps them, because you obviously must have done something that he did not like or you probably never believed in Him in the first place or never repented or your sins. He old us in the Bible that "God gave his only begotten Son that whosoever beleived in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.(John 3:16)" you never accepted Him in your heart to be you one and only saviour and you wont have eternal life but eternal damnation..He has warned us many times in the Bible about what you must do to guarantee that you will have eternal life. When he judges you on Judgement day and you're proven guilty, im sorry but the news is that you're definately not going to Heaven if thats what you're thinking. You're going to hell because of what your actions here on earth were and whether or not you loved Him enough to accept Him as your one nd only saviour..hope that answers your question
  • I think the only way God would send you to hell is that when you are in front of him in all of his glory you can say no to him. I also think that this is impossible.
  • God does not send people to hell! And I am sick of God being blamed for anything wrong in this world. Things go wrong and people say "oh how could God let people suffer so". Well I got news for you, God don't let people suffer, people let people suffer. God is the God of ALL things not just love. People by their actions, thought, words, and inaction allow themselves to become seperate from God. They allow themselves to be seduces away from His words and commands. Then they blame him for their pain and their suffering.
  • What is your interpretation of Hell? If you are a murder you must answer your crime accordingly. If God is Just, how can he allow people who commit evil acts during their life to go unpunished?
  • well tenchnicly god doesn't send ppl to hell, ppl send themselves, he granted us free will, we choose what we do throughout our lives weather the choices are good or bad, we all have the choice, to follow god or the enemy, god loves us so mutch he even gave his only sun who died on the cross for all of our sins. we are given the choice and our freedom to do whatever we want in our lives though the punishment will come afterwords,
  • yep ;]
  • Universal Salvation is the purpose of God. At 2 Peter 3:9 it says this: "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." Can you see what it is saying? "The Lord is...not willing that any should perish..." Read it for yourself.
  • A serial murderer has as much right in heavan as anyone else, Jesus said "Love thy neighbour", and "Let those among you without sin cast the first stone". We all sin, we all need God's forgiveness. Yes the murderer will suffer anguish when he meets his maker, but I am sure that after a period of reflection and purification he too will eventually be reconcilled with God. God is unconditional Love. Would you not forgive your child anything, so our father in heaven would forgive us also. There is more than one kind of murder, you can kill a persons spirit by destroying his self respect, you can kill the joy in a person, make their life miserable. Is that not as bad as destroying his body?
  • Without getting into the question of exactly what is Hell and who is going there, I believe that people choose hell, God doesn't send them there.
  • Ye shall reap what ye hath sown
  • Yes. A Christian's answer: (no patronising tone intended) A bit of info on my world view: God is the Loving Creator of the world God created us and sustains us by His Word All good things we have come from Him Thus if this is true, it leads me to believe that I owe God big, and that He is the rightful Ruler of my life But, I believe that I, like all humans, have rebelled against God, by trying to run life my own way without Him as my Ruler. This is what the Bible calls sin. If all this is true, God is rightfully grieved and angry at me. I believe that if I continue down this road as a rebel who doesn't want God in his life, eventually God will give me what I want: Existence without Him. This sounds good at first, until I realise that being cut off from God means being cut off from all good things. e.g. friendship, love, happiness. This is hell. Another way of looking at it is: 1) People often say I can't believe God can be loving and punishing at the same time BUT... 2) I can't believe that God can be loving without punishing evil. If God is all-powerful, yet does nothing about evil, that would not be loving. Yet the God of the Bible is loving, for He promises a day when He will judge the world and finally extinguish evil forever. Psalm 96 puts it like this: "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice...before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness" (ESV) Judgment is a great promise from a loving God, but I am uneasy about it. Why? Because I realise I am part of the evil that He promises to deal with on that last day of Judgment. Yet, God's love extends further than just His promise to deal with evil: He loved all of us so greatly that He sent His own Son into the world: The man Jesus Christ. Jesus was the one human who lived with God as His Ruler, yet He the innocent one died in our place and dealt with God's anger against us. He took the hell that we deserved so that we could be forgiven. Where does this leave me? As a follower of Jesus who: 1) Believes in the promise of Hell to evil doers 2) Believes in a loving God who loves me to death (literally!) 3) Believes I deserve Hell 4) Trusts that Jesus took all the hell I deserved in His death 5) deserves hell but is staking his entrance into heaven based on Jesus' death alone. (This is part of what it means to be a Christian).
  • God is kinda funny when you look at him thru atheist, humanist, agnostic, unbeliving eyes... God doesn't send you to hell because he doesn't love you.. He sends you to hell because YOU CHOOSE to reject him thru rebellion and YOUR decision to walk away from him... As a critic... DO YOU hang with people who reject you? NO!! you push them out of your life & move on to find others who believe in whatever you believe... Why would God bother to keep people around him who reject him? The answer is... He too lets those who HATE HIM & REJECT him choose thier destiny... Follow what he has said in the Holy Bible or follow thier own path to hell...
  • After God has done everything possible to bring you to him, and you have rejected it and him because you don't want to live for all eternity without the possibility of sinning, his love for you comes to an end. But it's by your choice, not his. Heaven is not just an air-conditioned place of amusement and entertainment. Though we don't know what it's like, we can be sure that there will be useful, enjoyable, and creative work to do there. You will not, however, be able to sin. The inclination and the ability will be taken away from you forever. If that disturbs you, you won't want to go to heaven, and if you found yourself there you'd want to get out. However, if you want to get out, that means you want to continue to exist, and sin, for all eternity, committing an infinite number of sins. At that point God's love is done with you--forever. He will however continue to lavish it on those who want to do nothing but good forever. The Bible says we will thank and praise God forever in heaven, which obviously means that God will continue doing wonderful things for us forever--you don't keep praising a great baseball game ten years later, or thank your parents every day for last year's birthday present.
  • God sends people to hell because they reject him, these are the ones who would rather rebel & cause him grief than turn from thier ways and say they are sorry... People send themselves to hell rather than God just grabbing a random person for no reason & throwing them into hell...
  • It's like how your parents ground you, its the loving thing to do. but he also wants us to be with him so he gave u an oppertunity to go to heaven wiht him. he doesnt send us to hell we choose it for ourselves
  • God doesn't send people to hell
  • Well if God just allowed every person in to Heaven he Wouldn't be Holy. God will grant forgiveness, through the death and resurection of Jesus, to all who ask for just like a coupon in the paper it does you no good if you have the paper and never cut out the coupon. The coupon is of no use to you if you don't use it Jesus already payed the price but you have to do as it says in Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Sins have to be payed for one way or another HELL or Salvatoin but like with a child breakin the parent rules will bring punishment but the parent still loves the child.
  • A loving parent wouldn't torture their child for doing wrong and our loving God isn't going to torture even the worst evil doer. Hell, as eternal torment, isn't in the Bible. It's a handful of verses taken out of context and creative replacement of the Hebrew word 'Sheol' in the OT with 'firey pit' or 'hole' when bad people died and what it means....the grave....when good men like Job ask to be sent there. The Jewish religion has no eternal torment. The Hebrew Scriptures make no hint of it. Good men ask to be sent to Sheol (Hell). Jesus goes there.....it's the grave. What did God tell Adam...eat of that tree and you will surely DIE....death, not torment. That would have been a good time to tell the guy if torment awaited him and if ANY sinner knew better, it was Adam. (Romans 6:23) ...for the wages of sin is death... Hell is a Latin word that replaces the Hebrew 'Sheol' and the Greek 'Hades'....both of these words mean the grave. Death where the good & bad go...even the perfect (Jesus). Want to know what that's like? Look up Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 AND Psalms 146:4.....it's nothingness....a dreamless sleep. (Ecc 9:10)Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. There is a second 'destination' mentioned. The second death, lake of Fire, Gehenna.....this is death too, but for good. That's how it differs from the common grave (Sheol/Hades - most uses of the Latin 'Hell' in modern Bibles). Look at these verses from the end of Revelations 20: And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Note something about the verses above. Hell and death....states of being, are thrown into the lake of fire (after all the people are emptied out of them). So are the states of being being tormented? No....it's destruction, like the Bible says. The image of fire is clear throughout time...it destroys, burns up and whatever is burned is gone, for good - that's why it has been used here. Our God, Jehovah, is most definitely loving. A religion that tells you different is lying and that's definitely not the only thing they are lying about.
  • Here is a tract on this subject if you would like to read it. It may help answer your question: http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1040/1040_01.asp?wpc=1040_01.asp&wpp=a I hope that this helps. -In the Master's service. Thank you and God bless you!
  • Epicurus: "Either God would remove evil out of this world, and cannot; or, He can and will not; or, He has not the power nor will; or, lastly, He has both the power and will. If He has the will, and not the power, this shows weakness, which is contrary to the nature of God. If He has the power and not the will, this is malignity, and is no less contrary to His nature. If He is neither able nor willing, He is both impotent and malignant, and consequently cannot be God. If He is both willing and able (which alone is consonant to the nature of God), then whence comes evil, and why does He not prevent it?"
  • Bug in Answerbag, won't accept a reply to MagentaStudios, above. Here it is: You say "An ancient manuscript... does not count." Think logically about that. Any God worthy of the name must go back to the beginning of human history, the beginning of time. The Bible does that, starting with the words "In the beginning, God." Any god who appeared later on in history than the beginning either had to come from God, or had to come from men. There's nothing wrong with it being ancient. It can be interpreted and re-interpreted, but so is the Constitution. Is that worthless? Some Christians can't agree whether hell exists or not. I hope it doesn't, but it's better to plan as if it does. During the Exodus God made His presence known unambiguously, splitting the Red Sea, pillar of cloud by day, pillar of fire by night moving in front of the people, feeding them every day for 40 years, but that wasn't unambiguous enough for them. Who are you to tell God how to reveal Himself? The Bible says the devil believes that God exists and it does him no good.
  • God is a God of love. He will forgive any sin no matter how large or small..all you need to do is ask, and mean it. I have been taught that the only unforgivable sin is disbelief, which stands to reason..why would you ask forgiveness from someone you don't believe in? Why should one who denies God's very existance have the same reward as one who has been faithful and tried to do his will? If you had 2 children, one which did all his chores with good spirits, was respectful and obediant while the other laid around all day doing nothing, was disrespectful and disobediant...would you give them both the same allowance or priviliges?
  • I like to think of it this way. The only way a person will go to hell is if they want to. God in His (or Her) unlimited love has given us free will to choose. Our most important choice is to freely decide to accept or reject God's constant offer of spending eternity with Him in heaven. God will respect the choice to reject Him. With love in Christ.
  • If you go to hell, it is on your shoulders. You send yourself to hell. God merely sets the terms and you and your free will determine if you go or not.
  • i dont beleive in god or heaven or any of that, but i thought it was the devil that took you to hell, no choice of god.
  • Biblically speaking (not religiously), hell is hades in the Greek, which corresponds to sheol in Hebrew, which is the grave. In death the Bible says there is no knowledge nor anything known. Hell is the grave. Hell is separation from God. The end of Revelation describes ALL who have died being made alive again to be judged for their works. Those who are unjust die the final, second death.
  • i won't answer too deep, but going to hell is only part of a process supposed to cleanse ur souls for the bad that was done on earth... it is believed that ppl i hell end up some day in paradize
  • These people have spoken well. I don't have much to add, except after the recent death of a very close friend (who I firmly believe is in Heaven), I began to do some serious researching into personal survival after death. What I got into is that there is a wealth of people who do not believe that a God who is creative in nature (made the earth, etc) would probably not spend eternity creating and recreating for the sole purpose of destroying and punishing. After rounds and rounds of researching and debating, my conclusion was this: (NOTA BENE: this predicates Christian belief, and based on the wording in your question, we're talking about Christianity) given Vesper's answer, the folks who "chose poorly" (Sorry, big Indiana Jones buff here) face punishment for a fixed period of time and then go into non-existence out of the presence of God.
  • It comes down to free will and choice. He set up the rule book and it's up to us to abide by it or be cast into hell. You commit a crime, you go to jail. You don't follow God's requirements for heaven, you go to hell. Simple enough to understand but most people are in denial because they want to engage in the fruits of this world without condemnation. Sorry, it doesn't work that way. The club is easy to get into, just ask. Jesus is the truth, the life and the way. No one comes to the father except through him.
  • God does not send people to Hell, and there is no Hell. (Hint: God is a title, not a name.)
  • God doesn't send people to hell. They earn that place with their conduct. We have our own free will. What we do with it is up to us. If you hung a hose gushing watter in front of a thirsty horse and he refused to drink, shall you be blamed when he dies of thirst? God is not responsible for our fate we are.
  • Thats like asking: If our parents dicipline us, and give a 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000..... chances to do things right, and we still dont listen to them, how can the give up on us and let us go to eternal danmnation?
  • The doctrine of Hell as taught by most religions is NOT taught in the Bible. That doctrine was adopted into the apostate Christian church along with many other pagan traditions and teachings. What the Bible REALLY teaches is that the dead are not conscious of anything at all. Ecclesiastes 95 For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten. 6 Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they have no portion anymore to time indefinite in anything that has to be done under the sun. 10 All that your hand finds to do, do with your very power, for there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in She′ol, the place to which you are going.: I would say that our God is a loving God. He has given us all the opportunity of serving Him rather then the creation and for those who have died, there is the hope of a resurrection and everlasting life. That hope is available because of the ransom sacrifice Jesus made for us.
  • People in the world have always had a misconception of hell, do a thorough study on it. If a parent loves a child the parent disciplines a child. That shows the child the parent cares. The fears that people fear are all in this world. 1Jo 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
  • It is important to understant what the Bible has to say about hell. What it is, when it is, and how long it lasts. Jesus created other's before he created humans. The Bible mentions angels specifically. Lucifer was an angel who turned from God, and decieved 1/3 of the other angels, and also mankind. Our world is an example to all of the angels left in heaven of the results of sin. Lucifer basically said, "follow me. I have a better way." And many believed him. So, This earth is where all people and angels get to see what happens when we don't follow God. It has led to all sorts of evil, which has led to disease, death, sadness, and the innocent getting caught in the crossfire. Please think of a couple of texts in the Bible. First, John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever beleiveth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Notice the word "perish". That means to no longer exist. Also, 2 Peter 3:9. "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." Again, God does not want anyone to "perish". God made people with free will. Adam and Eve broke God's law when they took the apple, and because of this, we now live in a world with the effects of Sin. "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life." The wages of sin is death, not living eternally in hell. Matthew 13:24-30. Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27. "The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' 28. " 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' 29. " 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' " The weeds are destroyed. They burn up. Revelation 22:12 "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." No one is burning in Hell now, neither is anyone in Heaven now. We don't get our "reward" until Jesus returns. As in the story of Lazaruth, the dead are "asleep". Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10 "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten. 6. Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun. 10. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." Matthew 3:12 "His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." This is reffering to the saved and the lost. Chaff is burned with an unquenchable fire. You can not put if out. However, it does go out when the fuel (chaff) is all burned up. Hell is not eternally burning, but it's results are eternall. God will do everything He can to save those who would be saved, but we still see the results of living in a sinful world. When Jesus returns, he will destroy all that remains of sin. Those who will not follow Him will be destroyed. They wouldn't be happy in Heaven, and they would cause sin to remain in the Universe, and misery with it, so God in his great mercy, destroys sin and sinners. He puts them out of their misery. God does love us, but there is a very twisted theory about what He does to those who do not accept Him. This is one of the pagan doctrines that entered the church early on. It stems from the greek god Hades who keeps people's souls in his domain forever. I wish I could give you a more complete explanation. There's so much info in the Bible, but I hope this helps.
  • What about when people say "he died for your sins" ok then, why are you afraid of hell etc. Why aren't you having more fun? It has already been paid for :) ok i'll shut up. I am not Christian, and I don't actually care, but makes me a little curious
  • If that's all who God was, then no. But God is in the rescue and delivery business. If one of my creations caught your house on fire, and I warned you, and offered to rescue you and give to you a better home than your present one...where would you be if you refused?
  • Here's the thought that bothers me: If God created people with certain innate impulses, and then told them to go against those impulses for no logical reason... And if that same God then told those people to worship him, then let 2000 years go by with nothing but old scrolls that contradict each other for proof of His existence, despite the fact that humans were distinguished from other creatures by their capacity for empirical thought... And if he did all that just to see if they loved him enough to do it... Is that a God of love?
  • "...Let me also ask you to consider what kind of God would create an eternal Hell? If I, at times a definite sinner, could also during other times in my life achieve a sense of unconditional, universal love as a mere mortal, forgiving all those who had trespassed against me, how much greater must be the forgiveness of God? When Peter asked: “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?” Jesus replied: “I say not unto thee, not Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.” If you, as a mere mortal, have it in your capacity to forgive, how much greater must be the forgiveness of a perfect being? If you would stop short of sentencing anyone to the worst possible pain and suffering without the possibility of parole for eternity, how could a God capable of supreme love do such a thing? The idea that an intelligent being could cast people into an eternal pit of fire may have seemed plausible during our darkest ages. After all, we as humans once were not content to just execute people for heinous crimes. As late as the 1500's, devices like the Iron Maiden were used to kill criminals as slowly and painfully as possible. Today we are divided on the death penalty, and when someone is murdered by society, we do it as painlessly and quickly as possible. Most of the time, however, we are satisfied to simply keep them locked away from society without inflicting torture. We are much more civilized these days, yet most of us still believe that we live under the watchful eye of a god whose methods of punishment would make our darkest ages look brilliant. If God is capable of the ultimate revenge of eternal damnation, then God, by that very definition, is imperfect. I am a better being than he. Even if he believes in the barbaric “eye for an eye...” of the Old Testament, how could even a whole lifetime of transgressions equal an eternity of punishment? God, by that definition, is unjust, wrathful, and evil--and a hypocrite. I believe it is we who created a Hell which only exists in our fearful human disposition and that all pain is actually relegated to this dimension alone. This fearful disposition of man often creates societal conditions that sometimes reigns hell and holocaust upon other individuals and groups, but most of the pain and suffering of this life is deeply personal and self-inflicted. The most severe pain in life is mental anguish, and the worst among us suffer the most through restlessness, loneliness, and despair. “The moral man is free of inner turmoil; the immoral or unjust man is full of inescapable trouble.” Eventually, all immoral men suffer extreme mental anguish, and, mostly in private, they are cast into the “darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Those who harbor hatred and entertain the evil of revenge languish in their own Hell, and those who practice forgiveness frolic in the highest good that love can achieve..." --A Higher Good
  • Is a parent who never disciplines their child, teaching them that there are no consequences for their actions, showing love toward them? I don't think so. God's love is demonstrated by the forgiveness freely given to anyone who'll accept it.
  • John 3:17 says that God does not want anyone to perish but that they have eternal life. The choice is for the individual. accept the offer of full and free salvation through the sacrificial death of Jesu given by God because of His great love or perish. God in effect has done everything necessary for none to go to hell but if you do not accept His offer, what do you think He should do?
  • It depends, would you call a god that forcefully takes us where we have spent our lives telling him we don't want to go a loving god. I wouldn't, that sounds more like kidnapping. God loves us enough to tell us what will happen, but still respects our decision to not follow Him.
  • God does not send, people make the choice to go.
  • I would think protecting you from those sent there is a God of mercy. Hell was created for Satan and his angels.
  • man sentences and sends himself to hell... God is in the business of saving men from hell... that is true of all religions
  • I don't believe in hell so that's a mute point to me. I do think we make our own hell.
  • That is a great question that I ask so many times. What scripture teaches us that as christians we are saved by Gods Grace. Grace meaning unmerited favor. Since the fall of man in the garden of eden. all men(woman too) have a sin nature. We are now born with a rebellion against god. David said that even in the womb we grow in iniquity. All men deserve hell. It is through Gods grace that some are saved. his unmerited favor that he decides who shall have eternal life. Jacob he loved and Esau he hated is what the bible teaches. Esau was the better man while Jacob was a deciever or liar. Yet through gods soveriegnty he had every right to love one more than the other. To give his perfect and amazing grace to whomever it pleases him to give it to. In Romans it says "does the clay say to the potter, why have you made me this way". God reaches in an changes our hearts making us more like him. that is the santifying process that we go through. being made into his image again. this is alot to answer your question but there is a much bigger picture to heaven and hell and Gods love. If your child kills a person do they not deserve judgement. they do. there must be atonement for our sins. Christ was the perfect lamb. He had to be a man to die and God to forgive. that is the gospel. Many speak of free will to choose god. The simple fact is that if it were up to man to choose god then he would always choose to rebel. that is mans nature. wicked by default. our fault not gods. Christ or the gospel is Gods perfect plan of redemption for his children. we all fall short the glory of God.
  • I dont think so, should he/she/it exist, according to what is described, he is a egoistical, genocidal child.
  • yes it is a Loving God that sends the wicked to Hell. First off. society referes to God first as a Loving God . that is wrong . First God is a Holy God . Secondly . God is a Just God. then He is a Loving God, His Attributes are in that order.....Those who speak that "My God would never send a Soul to eternal torment of Hell". do not know God , nor know God in His essential Attribute of pure Holiness". God is Holy, he is Pure, Perfect, and Infinitely Good ". All sin is committed against God . and shows "Rebellion" against God . Yes. that is Love that sends the wicked to Hell
  • Maybe God is slowly pulling you out of a present hell.
  • He does not send anyone to a hell. According to the Bible (any translation) the English word hell is not what many people think. I read a Bible based article. It describes "hell" and what Jesus said it was. You may find it and the website helpful. Here are some links. The article is called "What Really Is Hell?" http://www.watchtower.org/e/20020715/article_02.htm "A Closer Look At Some Myths About Death" http://www.watchtower.org/e/20020601/article_02.htm Good luck to you and may find truth in your search.
  • if God would let criminals, thieves, prostitutes, rapists that never repented into heaven..is that a just God??? if they dont even believe in Him...why should they be given praise?
  • The Christian hell is a giant evil hoax. Free will is also an unscriptural and unscientific hoax. Go to bible-truths.com.
  • Sure. "Tough love"! ;-)
  • Its not reasoned like that. You have to put yourself in the Christian perspective. Its not wrong. To the Christian, we all chose our own fate... by living our lives the way we do. God doesnt "send us" anywhere. Where we go is a natural consequence of our own choice actions.
  • well, first god sends people to hell bodily, then when judgement comes they go to hell spiritually AND bodily, relying on what jesus said everyone will be saved when judgement day comes at the end of time, god loves everyone and by loving them he gives them the justice they deserve i wouldnt look at hell AS hell i would look at it as justice
  • and dont forget our god is a vengeful god.
  • You're getting your gods mixed up. Aphrodite is the Goddess of love. The manic-depressive she-bitch of all that is holy is Jesus Christ, someone's lord and savior.
  • Who is God? All seeing superior entity? Live a good life for the sake of it not because some book condemns you to eternal fire.
  • Yes He is. If I go to hell, it is because I didn't fall in line with how He has declared me to live, and thus I put myself there because of my personal rebellion. He is a God of love, and of perfect judgment. Want heaven? Tuck tail.
  • God doesnt send me to Mcdonalds, I get up and decide to go there. So,too, do people decide their path to hell. He just tries to get you to change that path.
  • God doesn't SEND anyone anywhere. Every person makes an individual choice.
  • No. Especially not for an eternity. No relief. Nothing. That is sadism.
  • We solely heard stories and in fact false stories about God. In my humble opinion, as someone who already has a near-death experience, we will join the source of love , peace and happiness when we die. We know nothing about him so it is better to wait until we join him.
  • God has done everything he can to provide a way for you to avoid hell, short of forcing his will upon you. God has given humans "free will". That means you have a choice in the matter. He will not force you to become his child. Imagine for a moment that there is a homeless woman living under a bridge. I know that winter is coming and she will freeze without shelter. I ask her to marry me and live with me in my warm house, but she refuses. Would you say that if I loved her I should drag her forcefully into my house, force her to marry me, and rape her? Of course not! That would not be love. Well, God is not into forced submission either. He has made the offer but it's up to you to accept him or reject him. If you say you don't want anything to do with him he will respect your choice. But keep in mind that God is the source of all love, all peace, all hope, all light, and all compassion. If you reject him you will be choosing to reject those things. Since God's glory fills the whole universe he had to create a special place for those who don't want him; a place with no love, light, compassion, or hope. God said, "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curse... Choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:19
  • no he lost your soul in a game of texas hold em to the devil;(
  • If there were a god, and if it would send people to eternal torment (Hell), then this would certainly not be a god of love. A religion who would teach this would not be a religion of love either. And unfortunately, various established religions have been sometimes teaching this. Of course, because this brings some contradiction with the concept of a loving god, the responsibility for this is often moved to the "sinner". See also: "God is Wrathful, Vengeful, Jealous, and Angry every day--and you want me to have a relationship with Him?!" Source and further information: http://www.christian-thinktank.com/madgod.html (An attempt to explain the use of those adjectives in the Old Testament) A modern approach is to say that you send yourself to Hell.
  • God does not send anyone to hell or purgatory. The soul itself on realising it's condition cannot stand in front of Goodness itself (God)and banishes itself from God. Eventually the soul is helped to overcome it's guilt and shame and makes it's way back home to God from whence it came
  • God is a God of love, but he gives us all freewill to chose where to go after this life is over..He wont make us love him, but he still loves us anyway even though some people choose not to love him..sounds bad but he will love you all the way to hell and love you even when your spending eternity there.
  • God is love! God cast Lucifer, His fallen angel, into hell because he defied God, and He will cast you and anyone else into hell that defies him. There is no place for defiance or rebellion in Heaven. There is only love in Heaven! Its a people's choice!
  • i USED to think bout that myself & say GOD wouldn't send us 2 hell cause he luvs us so much, but that isn’t so. When he died 4 us he gave us a choice in the matter of life. The Luv of GOD alone will not actually keep U from goin 2 hell. The ONLY thing in all of life that will keep U from that fiery place is believing that his son died on the cross 2 save your sins, it is stated in John chapter 3 verse 16)…. Providing U accept that luv or not & respond to it is your decision.
  • That's because there didn't need to be a distinguishment between right and wrong in the beginning. God provided Adam and Eve with a lush garden to live in and gave them one rule. They disobeyed it, and because of that, they realized their wrongdoing and were ashamed. Though they may not have known the consequences for their actions, they did know what they were and were not supposed to but chose to do the "wrong" thing anyway.
  • I just tonight...watched a great movie..."God on Trial" regarding all the peoples of the Bible that God 'smite'...(smited?)...and the innocent children of Kings that were killed as punishment to the royalty for having 'forsaken' God. Also...God commanded his 'angels'...not Satan...to 'wipe out' whole nations of people and put to death the children of those adults that had done 'wrong in God's eye's... Very interesting movie...set in a German Nazi Death Camp..where the Jewish prisoners were debating whether God is Good..if there is a God...and why worship a God that may prove to be less than perfect...and...what Plan does God have...where he allows an entire race to be almost annhilated... The Nazis wore belts with the words "God is on our Side" ... If the "Jewish" people are God's 'chosen' as they believe...then... How can God be on both sides at once?
  • Its all about consequences and choices. When your children continue to make the same mistakes, do you not increase the punishment? If the punishment is only an hour, but the crime was a full day of fun, why shouldn't they continue to commit the crime? But if the punishment increased each time they disobeyed you, wouldn't they eventually fear from doing the crime? Isn't this what we teach our children to help them to grow up to be responsible adults so as to not turn out to be thieves, murderers, end up in prison, or ultimately, receive the death penalty? Teach your children to love GOD and repent when they do wrong so as not to suffer the consequences of hell and they will have the benefits of an eternal life in Heaven with GOD! No one has to go to hell, just like no one has to go to prison! Its a choice! GOD is loving and forgiving! If your children make the right choices, then they will be rewarded and when they make the wrong choices, they must suffer the consequences. When God's children continue to make the wrong choices, they must repent or suffer the consequences. God loves all of his children, but if they continue to make the wrong choices, they will be condemned to hell. GOD offers eternal life. Its our choice whether it is in Heaven or hell.
  • That's a very valid question. God is not just a god of love, but also a god of wrath. He is a god of war. He is not some kind of whimp to be pushed around. Those who don't believe it will be the first to find out.
  • I have been in a similar situation and I have had to turn it over to GOD. I know there will be a day of reckoning. If the person repents, GOD forgives, but if that person never has repentance, I believe he will go to hell! Its up to GOD, not me to judge.

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