Is God capable of sending people to hell? Even those who have never heard the name of Jesus in all their lives? The Bible says we are all without excuse. God is no less loving if He condemns people to hell for not believing in Him despite their remoteness or ignorance of the Bible. I know that I have just made a very bold statement. “How could a loving God damn people to hell if they’ve never had the opportunity to hear the gospel?” Here’s how:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold [suppress] the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse; Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”
Dear friends, the whole world is on its way to hell already, because of the sin-nature we inherited from the first man, Adam!
“Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Instead of being shocked that anyone could be sentenced by God to hell, we should rather be surprised at God’s mercy in saving any of us at all! For all creation shouts out loud that GOD IS REAL! GOD MADE US! GOD LOVES US! God has clearly shown Himself to us, and we ignore Him?
Have you ever noticed how everything on the planet is just the right size for us? We don’t live like little dolls in a world of gigantic proportions. We aren’t miniature creatures living in a “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” scenario. Look:
… that tree is standing at just the right height for you to sit underneath its spreading foliage for shade while you munch on that apple which is just the right size to fit in your mouth. Perfect.
… that cool grass upon which you are resting forms a natural carpet beneath you, cushioning your body and pillowing your head. Perfect.
… that little flower you notice beside you, which you gently lift to smell, is just the right size for you to pluck it off its stem and raise it to your nose. Perfect!
God has revealed Himself to us in the world that He created! We can see evidence of Him everywhere! To be an atheist, one must have a very hard heart indeed. In fact, atheism is not without its own religion, of sorts. When that God-shaped hole inside of our hearts is left empty, we will always attempt to fill it with something else. In an attempt to escape all religion, the atheist may find himself/herself actually embracing the primitive, pagan forms of spirituality we thought we had left behind!
Read this short article: Students Told to Worship the Sun?
There is no neutral position. Either we choose Jesus Christ, or we remain in the family we were born into, the devil’s family. No, we are not all God’s children. We are all His creation, but if we want to become His children, we must reject our natural family (the world), and allow Him to adopt us into His spiritual family by believing in Jesus Christ. We must be born again, by believing that Jesus was a real man, also fully God; He died for our sins, taking the punishment we deserve upon Himself, out of His awesome love for us; then, He rose from the dead on the third day, and afterward ascended into heaven to the right hand of the Father. He will one day return to earth to judge all mankind. We must believe these things with all our hearts, and make the firm decision to follow Jesus if we want to be saved. For, if we do not, on judgement day, we will have no excuse.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God … For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
John 3:3, 16-18
If we seek the truth with all our hearts, God will give us more light. We start out by recognizing the hand of God in creation. Then as we burn to know more about the true God, He reveals Himself to us by bringing us into contact with His word, so that we might hear of His Son Jesus.
Will you make the choice to believe in Jesus as your Savior?
“He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.”