Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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

So now that we've considered there is more to God than just His attribute of love let's look further.  Here are some of the descriptions in the Bible made directly by God or someone (Moses) who had encountered Him:

            “He (God) passed in front of Moses and said, “I am the LORD, I am the Lord, the merciful
and gracious God. I am slow to anger and rich in unfailing love and faithfulness.  I show
             this unfailing love to many thousands by forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion.  Even so
             I do not leave sin unpunished…”       Exodus 34:6-7a  New Living Translation

            “Say this to the entire community of Israel: You must be holy because I, the Lord your
            God, am holy.    Leviticus 19:2  New Living Translation

            “I will proclaim the name of the Lord; how glorious is our God!  He is the Rock; His work is
perfect.  Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how
just and upright He is!  But they have acted corruptly toward Him; when they act  like that
are they really His children?”     Deuteronomy 32:3-5  New Living Translation

In just these couple of verses look at what we need to further understand:

  • God is holy (completely set apart from sin). 
  • God is perfect (flawless, complete, lacking or needing nothing). 
  • God is fair and just (He cannot judge with partiality or leave sin unpunished).
What follows is by no means a complete picture / description of God, but it helps to illustrate that all attributes of God must be considered:
            Love                                       Holy
            Merciful                                  Just
            Gracious                                Perfect
            Righteous                              Jealous – He will have no other “gods” before Him
            Compassionate                      Wrath – on those who reject Him
            Eternal                                   Unchanging
            Omniscient                            Omnipresent

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