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  • Has to. Everyone has sin and without Jesus in your life, your sins cannot be cleansed. Blame Eve!
  • You need to understand the nature of Hell. It's more of a trash heap for failures. Free will requires that SOME people are going to choose self over God. But I'm pretty sure the 'eternal punishment' consists of nonexistence; a missed opportunity.
  • Well May Be Because he wants to maintain the population of the HEAVEN hahahaha............. just a bad joke! Well May be because he thought that the man should leave his evil side by the fear of the dengorous feeling of the hell and no man should become evil as Monsters..
  • God sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of the world, and since all the work has been done, as signified by the messianic saying, "It is finished", we need only to accept the gift of eternal life and leave our sins and burdens at His feet, at the cross, and in the tomb from which He arose. Only those who adamantly reject and spurn God's gift of salvation and emphatically quench the Holy Spirit will be sent to hell, for though He is not willing that any should perish (in hell) and that He wants all to come to repentance, those who reject Him must be judged, for Jehovah is holy.
  • Come, come, now... That's not what it says... He's not sending you, you're choosing it... so what are you complaining about...? ;-)
  • "The doctrine of hell, although barbarous to many, has the full support of Scripture, especially of our Lord's own words; and has always been held by Christendom. And it has the support of Reason: if a game is played it must be possible to lose it. If the happiness of a creature lies in voluntary self-surrender to God, it also has the right to voluntarily refuse. I would pay any price to be able to say truthfully 'All will be saved'. But my reason retorts, 'Without their will, or with it'? In fact, God [through Jesus] has paid the price, and herein lies the real problem: so much mercy, yet still there is hell. God can't condone evil, forgiving the wilfully unrepentant. Lost souls HAVE THEIR WISH - to live wholly in the Self, and to make the best of what they find there. And what they finds there is hell. Should God increase our chances to repent? I believe that if a million opportunities were likely to do good, they would be given. But finality has to come some time. Our Lord uses three symbols to describe hell - everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46), destruction (Matthew 10:28), and privation, exclusion, banishment (Matthew 22:13). The image of fire illustrates both torment and destruction (not annihilation - the destruction of one thing issues in the emergence of something else, in both worlds)... Our Lord emphasises rather the finality of hell... The damned are SUCCESSFUL REBELS to the end, enslaved within the horrible freedom they have DEMANDED. The doors of hell are locked on the INSIDE. In the long run, objectors to the doctrine of hell must answer this question: What are you asking God to do? To wipe out their past sins, and at all costs to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty, and offering every miraculous help? But he has done so - in the life and death of his Son [Jesus]. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, that is what he does. Hell, it must be remembered, is not only inhabited by Neros or Judas Iscariots or Hitlers. They were merely the principal actors in this rebellious drama." -C.S. Lewis "The Problem of Pain" - emphasis, mine
  • God eventually saves all from sin and shares His complete happy experience of eternity with everyone... God reconciles all to Himself through Jesus Christ, Who makes peace through His shed blood and crucifixion (Col 1:20). Jesus is the Lamb of God Who takes away all the sins of all the world (Jn 1:29). The creation itself, also, shall be freed from the slavery of corruption into the glorious freedom of the children of God (Rom 8:21). Hell's punishment is not forever but until the end of the eons. People don't sin enough during their mortal lives for God to choose endless punishment besides it would spoil the future of eternity to have a section continually reserved for endless torture... People are made by God to rebel against His ideal will for them and then offered a choice - forgiveness of their rebellion, or, punishment for their sins until they have paid the last penny... After punishment, those who went through torture in hell come to realise they need faith on God to succeed in life and they are converted into God's kingdom so that they cease from sinning and are rewarded for their compliance... There are two bible translations which uphold the doctrine of Universal Reconciliation with God, and the union of all beings into experience of God as the all in each of us. For a free download of these bibles you can try this website: http://www.scripture4all.org/ An outline of the bible references which support Christian Universalism has been posted at this webpage: http://uk.geocities.com/timpauloconnor@btinternet.com/CUBibleRef.html
  • The theory is that God doesn't put you in hell, you do. hell would be a place for people who for some reason exclude themselves from God.
  • I think humans make their own hell. Whatever you did, so wrong in your life, you're doomed to repeat it eternally, in your own personal hell.
  • I believe that God loves when you are born. Then it is up to you to do good so that you deserve to be loved. If you do bad then God will not love you and you will earn your place in hell. But the great thing is that if you are trully sorry for what you have done then God will love you again which is why he shows the ultimate forgiveness to people.
  • God is not sending everyone to hell that doesn't believe in Him. If you willfully reject Christ after coming into the true knowledge of God, it will be as if you never existed. The very thought of you will be erased. You may go back to being dead forever.
  • He doesn't. He didn't create hell for us. It is for Satan. He came and died to keep us from going there. If we go there, it is because we want to. Lets put it this way. Say you have a child. You had that child because you wanted to love it and have it love you. You have lavished great care, attention, training, discipline, affection and love on that child. The child wants nothing to do with you. The child hates you. The child hurts you. The child hurts others, possibly to the death. The child is in prison. The child has no conscience. The child laughs gleefully when it harms someone. The child breaks your heart. Still you love that child. You sacrifice everything you have and everything you are to try to save that child. The child says "I don't care. I hate you. I hate everyone. If you get me out of here, I'll kill again. I'll do everything I possibly can to hurt you. I'm going to hell where all my rowdy friends are and have fun." What do you do? Do you want to bring that child to where it can kill someone? Do you want to let it harm other innocent people? That is God's dilemna. He doesn't want to leave anyone behind when he takes us to a new "fixed" world where there will be no evil or death. But he doesn't want to bring evil and death along so that his new, perfect world will be as broken as the current one. He doesn't want to force us to love him and serve him. He doesn't want automatons. He wants to woo us and be freely chosen by us. And He can't have that if he "fixes" us by force. So what choice does he have? If we don't believe in Him, it is usually because we are full of pride and think we have all the answers. We know more than those primitive peoples who wrote the Bible. We have SCIENCE! And science has all the answers. But if you think the Bible is full of inconsistencies, try to reconcile the existence of DNA with chaos theory. Or try to prove the existence of DNA statistically. Its like saying you can pour out a can of alphabet soup and get Romeo and Juliet with all punctuation and capitalization correct.
  • It is actually SINCE God so loved the world, though should we reject Him, the consequence of hell is on us, for He did all the work on the cross. It is like CHRISTmas, for there is at least one present you want, and all you have to do is accept it, for rejecting it means that you don't want it. It is not your parent's fault that you didn't want it, but yours, for rejecting it, even though it is bought, wrapped, and placed under the tree just for you.
  • Unfortunately, that's a lie perpetrated by fear mongers in Christianity. Read the book for yourself and the truth will set you free.
  • For god so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that who shall ever believe in him, will not perish, but have everlasting life. I'm sure you've heard this before. He, God himself, does not send people to hell with a grin on his face, or anything like "I told you so!". God actually hates to see people go to hell and be apart from him. It is allowed, I suppose, because they're is sin and God hates sin but he loves the sinner. There was made atonement for sin. Jesus Christ. So when sin came about, so did death. Sin is just a reality we live with. There is no way to justify whether someone can be allowed to go to heavan or not based on anything other than if they're sins have been forgiven. That is, if they've accepted the grace given by god, that no man should perish.
  • Well, the point is that God *does* love the world. That’s why He sent Christ to Atone for our sins: so that every last one of us *would* have the opportunity to come back to Him. Hell is certainly not where we’d prefer to go, but it *is* a place of learning. The Bible makes it perfectly clear that, thanks to the Savior, not all that go to Hell will have to stay there forever (see Psalms 16:10; Acts 2:27; TPJS 339). There are plenty of people that never had the opportunity to learn the Plan of Salvation in this life, “who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it” (Doctrine & Covenants 123:12). For people like that, Hell will eventually become known as the place where, through the Lord’s merciful grace, they received the opportunity that they never did, in mortality. Once the Final Judgment comes, God’s love and mercy will allow each and every one of us to reside where s/he would be most happy. Presumably, very few among us will be choose to be “cast out into outer darkness” (see Matthew 8:12; Alma 40:13), as very few of us will willingly reject not only our Father and Savior but even the Holy Ghost Himself. *That* is what it takes, genius-bag: deliberate rejection of the Holy Ghost (see Matthew 12:31; Alma 39:6). The *only* people that cannot be forgiven are those that have made that conscious choice to refuse any and all that Father wants to give them. Does that help? • Psalms 16:10: http://tinyurl.com/ps16-10 • Acts 2:27: http://tinyurl.com/acts2-27 • Doctrine & Covenants 123:12: http://tinyurl.com/dc123-12 • Matthew 8:12: http://tinyurl.com/matt8-12 • Alma 40:13: http://tinyurl.com/alma40-13 • Matthew 12:31: http://tinyurl.com/matt12-31 • Alma 39:6: http://tinyurl.com/alma39-6 • TPJS 339: “A murderer, for instance, one that sheds inocent blood, cannot    have forgiveness. David sought forgiveness at the hand of God carefully    with tears, for the murder of Uriah; but he could only get it through hell:    he got a promise that his soul should not be left in hell”    (Joseph Smith Jr., 10 March 1844).
  • Just for the hell of it. I couldn't resist.
  • God doesn't....I believe there is not a hell..but after reading Dante's Inferno...it freaked me out...because...what if I am wrong....?.....there are so many rings I would be split between....ugh....
  • We send ourselves to hell. God shows us the path to heaven, he tells us, "Look! It's right here!", but everyone just ignores him. He could physically force us to obey but we'd whinge about his heavy-handed tactics every single step of the way. A man works his guts out every day to build a business. He works twelve hours per day, seven days per week. God told him to take a day off every week but hey - this man believes he can do better than God. He can't afford to lose one seventh of his income ... can he? He can't afford to weaken because of the competition ... can he? Meanwhile, he wonders why his wife / girlfriend leaves him. He tells himself that they are useless - can't keep up with the pace. Eventually he decides that when he needs "physical release", he'll just rent a female body - and hell she'd better do whatever he says because he's paying good money for the "service" ... He decides that everyone else is stupid and lazy because they don't work as hard as him (apart from the fools who try to follow in his footsteps but never earn anywhere what he makes) ... eventually this guy gets caught up in money making merry-go-round that he actually forgets what the money was for in the first place. Give him a day off and he's forgotten how to have fun. All he knows is how to make more money to the exclusion of everything else. This guy has paved his own path to hell and he isn't even dead yet. A man lies, cheats, steals. So he trusts no-one. He exploits the weak, he takes advantage of all around him. He meets good people but he takes advantage of them. Some of them get upset and become as evil as him, others leave. This man spends half his time bragging how clever and tough he is, half his time mocking good people for how weak they are, half the time complaining that you can't trust anyone these days, half his time complaining about the dog-eat-dog world, and all his time paving his own pathway to hell on earth. He isn't even dead yet. Would it really be heaven if God was continually forcing us to do whatever He wanted at the time? What if what He said was for our own good? God speaks quietly and politely. But we choose to ignore him because we assume that if He is quiet then He is powerless. So we end up instead doing the bidding of evil dictators. We deliberately put in the effort to build the road that sends us to hell.
  • No, and I don't believe in hell either.
  • Ummm... yah I don't think so. I think if anything people send themselves to hell in a way. For instance, if we are granted Godly like insight about our lives after we pass, wouldn't knowing the pain we caused be like our own hell? I don't know what exactly happens afterwards, but a Heaven/Hell all/or nothing concept sounds.... very human.
  • Yes. If you deserve hell, you'll get hell. just because he loves you, that doesnt mean he won't teach you a lesson. perhaps he sends you to hell because he loves thee. Darn. i had another point, but i forgotz it. maybe ill remember later. lols Btw, I do not believe in god. but it's a good topic sometimes. I know a good bit of the religions, especially for non-believer.
  • Unfortunately the key word is Loved, past tense.
  • Someone asked the Christian Guidance Department of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's the same question: Q: "If God loves us so much, why would He ever send a person to a place like hell?" A: "It is not God's desire that any person should suffer an eternity in hell. The Bible says, "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). "Hell was prepared originally for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). However, God will not force anyone to go to heaven. If a person willfully refuses to repent of sin and turn to God, with faith in Jesus' sacrifice for the sins of the world, God has no alternative. Justice demands that those who disregard and reject God's loving offer of pardon will pay the penalty for their own sins forever in hell. "Has this question caused you to delay making a choice to follow God? Choose eternal life now! The Bible says, "Now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2)."
  • the people that do not believe or who do not understand the belief will go to heaven
  • He doesn't send people to hell. Hell is simply the grave. We all go there when we die.
  • Because He is Holy, and the unrepentant sinner is not.
  • better yet if he loved all mankind he sacraficed his son for our sins why is it if we dont worship him he doesnt care about us our souls or our after life
  • God doesn't exist. heaven and hell are here on earth and you live your own heaven or hell, that is your choice.
  • i dont know... the god that i have heard of, and the one people talk about, loves no matter what. he made us all diffrent, witch gives us diffrent bealifs. i dont understand why he would send us to such a place just because of our unique diffrences :/
  • I have trouble believing that hell is a place of torture and fire. I believe that hell is simply being forever removed from God's sight and the presence of the Holy Spirit. A place without the reassurances brought by the Holy Spirit that something you do is right. A place without love... sounds terrible to me. If you spend your life turning away from God's love, then when you leave this world you will be taken away from His sight.
  • In God view all r same . Thinking is differs . Hell and haven is man made. Belief depends on individual's thinking.
  • God "loves" His/Her/Its creatures but [He] would send those who "don't believe in [Him] to hell"? That sounds more like an absurd despotism and seemingly an attempt to coerce the "free will" this god purportedly bestowed upon his creatures. Something akin to: "Yes, you have the right and you're free to vote for a candidate of your [choice], BUT, if you don't vote for me I will make your life a living hell." Why does a god with power beyond what we could conceive need to do that? This riddle, like many others in the bible, is an absurdity even in an allegorical sense.
  • you take it out of context. 16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. the people that believe in him go to heaven, those who dont suffer for their rebellious ways.
  • Doesn't make sense, does it?
  • He gave you a free will also. He wants you to believe in him, but if you don't its your choice. So then God doesn't send anyone to hell they do it themselves.
  • I like your hypothesis. Your conclusion doesn't make sense to me. Why would a loving God send anyone to hell. Seems to me we are quite good at finding hell on our own.
  • This is an issue that bothers many people, and it stems from an incomplete understanding of three things: the nature of God, the nature of man, and the nature of sin. As fallen, sinful human beings, the nature of God is a difficult concept for us to fathom. We tend to see God as a kind, merciful Being whose love for us overrides and overshadows all His other attributes. Of course God is loving, kind and merciful, but He is first and foremost a holy and righteous God. So holy is He, in fact, that He cannot tolerate sin. He is a God whose anger burns against the wicked and those who disobey Him (Isaiah 5:25; Hosea 8:5; Zechariah 10:3). He is not only a loving God; He is love itself! But the Bible also tells us that He hates all manner of sin (Proverbs 6:16-19). And, while He is merciful, there are limits to His mercy. “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7). The realities of eternal damnation, eternal hell, eternal punishment are frightening and rightly so. But this is for the good of the sinner, that he might, indeed, be terrified. While this may sound grim (and it is!), there is good news. God loves us (John 3:16) and wants us to be saved from hell (2 Peter 3:9). But because God is also just and righteous, He cannot allow our sin to go unpunished. Someone has to pay for it. In His great mercy and love, God provided His own payment for our sin. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross for us. Jesus’ death was an infinite death because He is the infinite God/man, paying our infinite sin debt, so that we would not have to pay it in hell for eternity (2 Corinthians 5:21). If we confess our sin, ask God’s forgiveness, and place our faith in Christ, we are saved, forgiven, cleansed, and promised an eternal home in heaven. God loved us so much that He provided a means for our salvation, but if we reject His gift of eternal life, we will face the eternal consequences of that decision.
  • We were made to love and worship Him. The majority that don't or will not are in rebellion just as is satan is. Hell was built for him and his angels, not for humans. Gods' will, or yours, be done??
  • Hell is where people go who choose continued separation from God. God is the source of all good. For those who choose to stay separated from God, there is an existence. It's not an existence you want! Imagine removing all sources of good from your life. But God offers forgiveness to anyone willing to receive him. People choose continued separation from God. Others choose a relationship with Jesus and enjoy the love they were created for and eternity with Him in Heaven. He respects what they choose.
  • Don't worry! He won't send everyone to hell.
  • 'He' isn't sending anyone to hell, unbelievers choose that course. That's why it's called 'free will'. .."no man cometh unto the father, but by me."(John 14:6) Jesus Christ Gods son died so we wouldn't have to spend eternity in hell. If we choose to deny him he has no other choice than to deny us.
  • Excellent question. Some Bible translations use the word “hell” for the Hebrew word “Sheol” and the matching Greek word “Hades,” both of which refer to the common grave of mankind. (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27) Many people believe in a fiery hell, as shown in the religious artwork accompanying this article. However, the Bible teaches otherwise. Those in hell are unconscious and so cannot feel pain. “There is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in Sheol.”—Ecclesiastes 9:10. Good people go to hell. The faithful men Jacob and Job expected to go there.—Genesis 37:35; Job 14:13. Death, not torment in a fiery hell, is the penalty for sin. “He who has died has been acquitted from his sin.”—Romans 6:7. Eternal torment would violate God’s justice. (Deuteronomy 32:4) When the first man, Adam, sinned, God told him that his punishment would simply be to pass out of existence: “Dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) God would have been lying if he were actually sending Adam to a fiery hell. God does not even contemplate eternal torment. The idea that he would punish people in hellfire is contrary to the Bible’s teaching that “God is love.”—1 John 4:8; Jeremiah 7:31.
  • God doesn't send people to heaven or hell your choices do.
  • that is the wrong way of looking at God and His very Own creation of 'Hell'. Remember that God created hell. Hell did not exist without God creating it. So if God created something, it must not be that bad... After all, God created 'all' things in the Universe; even 'satan' in whom some worship...
  • God never sends anybody to Hell it is the people who do not accept Him it is their own choice and they cannot blame Him because they have all the opportunities before dying the first time.

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