Monday, July 22, 2013

HELL – Does It Really Exist and Why Would a Loving God Send Anyone There?

The place to start the consideration of hell is with the realization that God has done everything that He could, short of forcing every person to go to Heaven (which would be a violation of each individual’s freewill), to keep each of us from spending eternity in Hell.  Sadly, there are many individuals who go to church on Sunday and yet, they are no closer to knowing with a certainty their eternal destination.  Perhaps the best-known verses of the Bible, which speak to God’s LOVE and WILL for us are: 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him      
will not perish but have eternal life.  God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.  There is no judgment awaiting those who trust Him.  But those who do not trust Him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God.  Their judgment is based on this fact:  The light from heaven came down into the world, but they loved darkness more than light, for their actions were evil.”    John 3:16-19  New Living Translation

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise to return, as some people think.  No, He is     being patient for your sake.  He does not want anyone to perish, so He is giving more time for everyone to repent.”   2 Peter 3:9  New Living Translation

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