The idea of hell is detestable to an unbeliever. He thinks it is very unfair that the Bible teaches the horror of an eternal lake of burning sulphur. Yet hell was specifically designed for the devil and his demons, ‘…the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his
angels.’ 1 God doesn’t want people to go there. That is why He let Jesus suffer the punishment for our sin so that we can escape it and go free. In the following 4 points we discuss Guy’s objections:
- Without Jesus as your God, it’s off to the lake of fire for you, no exceptions.2 Guy wants to give the impression that God is a tyrant who sends people to hell who had no chance to believe in Him, because they didn’t have Bibles. Romans 2:14-15 teaches that people without Bibles will be judged according to what they knew and acted upon. God is all knowing and will judge fairly. Sceptics are often worried about others, instead of looking at themselves.
- The ideas that God/Jesus forgives and that Christianity is a religion of love are very important to Christians. However, the concept of hell seems to contradict these claims. 3 No, the idea of hell supports God’s love. He went to a great deal of trouble to send His Son to die for the sins of the world. God will only judge when there is a safe way out, which is through Jesus. Salvation comes before condemnation. Since many scorn salvation, they can’t complain about condemnation.
- I just don’t think hell is real, nor do I believe that the supernatural claims of Christianity have been proved.4 Most countries do not want criminals on the street, but in jail. Why can’t God have a jail, called hell? God’s eternal Kingdom will have no ‘criminals’ like rebels, the disobedient, blasphemers, et cetera. They refused to accept Jesus’ gracious offer to wipe their ‘criminal’ slates clean, as He does for all who ask Him. Those who refuse have only themselves to blame. The atheists’ war against the Bible proves that the supernatural claims of the Bible are true. They are influenced by the devil who knows the claims are real.
- Does the punishment fit the crime? 5 Why does God call the man who believes there is no God a ‘fool.’ Because he refuses the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, which is free. No wonder such a person is called a fool. He wants to pay the wages of his sin, namely death (eternal hell) himself, instead of letting Jesus do it. God went to great trouble to plan this global rescue operation through His Son, and those who reject it, know the consequences beforehand. Yet they wilfully choose to cruise down a river with a lethal waterfall after they were warned. That is deliberately looking for trouble. The punishment does fit the crime.
As the Bible is about real life, and since God plans a Kingdom of peace, it makes sense that all the rebels, the disobedient and those who refuse to swear allegiance to the King, will be confined in God’s jail. As they are a ‘security risk’ they will be kept in jail, as in most countries. God’s Kingdom is eternal, so jail is eternal.
- Matthew 25:41
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