Issues of Life

The Spotlight: “How Can A Loving God Send People To Hell?”


You’re welcome to another thought-provoking episode of The Spotlight!!!  I hope you enjoyed last week’s topic, which was about co-habitation before marriage, the pros and cons, and why we ought to submit to the wisdom of God.  The topic today is really HOT!!!  But there’s no avoiding it, so let’s dive right in…

The authour, J.S. Park, is someone I have been following for a long time, and I have read a good number of his posts to comfortably recommend him for following!!!  He blogs at www.jsparkblog.com, and his tagline reads: “From Devout Atheist to Skeptical Pastor: A Blog For Busted-Up, Beat-Down People (Like Me)“.

I find him very insightful and knowledgeable, and I love his take on many issues.  He is someone who I think has a very good grasp of the duality of Grace and Truth!  Sometimes, I think he might skirt more along grace than truth, but I usually leave his posts with new understanding, or with something to chew on!

The post I am spotlighting today, was one such post.  While I appreciate that this is a tough topic to address, I am always careful that people leave KNOWING the truth about it.  I have written my own post, on the matter, called DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN HELL? as I tried to address the same question he addressed in his post: HOW CAN A LOVING GOD SEND PEOPLE TO HELL?

We went about it in completely different ways.  My posts skirts more along truth, while his, more along grace – I think.  But, I believe we settled on the same conclusion.  Without saying much more, please go over to his blog, by clicking the link to his post, and reading up on the Five Difficult Truths About Heaven and Hell, which he used to share his insights on the matter.  If you love it, like it, share it and drop him an encouraging comment!

Here’s an excerpt:

colvmbiana asked a question:

I love God very much. But I recently saw a post on my dash that said, “How can a loving God send people to Hell?” and now I can’t stop thinking about that. How can He?

Hey dear friend, I truly struggle with this doctrine too, and if it were up to me, I’d be done with the whole idea of hell in a heartbeat. But I do want to consider the question, “How can a loving God send people to Hell?” — and examine the words loving, send, and hell.

First I have to say: I’m not sure that any Christian is irrevocably bound to believe the doctrine of hell. I know Christians who believe it and some who don’t. I love them both. We must not make the ancient mistake that 1) our theology is only about “consequences,” because it’s primarily about intimacy and oneness with God, and 2) to bicker over such dogmatic differences. Too many people wrongly emphasize the doctrine of hell as a motivation for Christianity, and that’s a false phantom motive that boils down to, “Date me or I’ll punch you in the face.” If there really is a place called hell and people are going, then 1) no one would become a Christian just by trying to “avoid” hell, and 2) the devil would love to have us arguing about it instead of loving on people towards God.

So, if you’re done with that, you can also read my take, as shared in my post, “Do You Really Believe in Hell?” (tagged above).  I would really love to hear back from you, to see if your understanding has grown on this matter, if your mind is settled on this issue or if you still struggle with understanding the existence of hell and God’s love for you.  Do you think hell is a convenient doctrine, or the truth?

Talk to me…

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    • Yes… You could read his post and think that hell is a take it or leave it belief about Christianity, which was something I didn’t quite like. That was where I thought he was skirting on the grace side too much. But, I could tell from all he wrote that he personally believed in hell, he just doesn’t think it is something we ought to be selling to get people to come to the faith, which I agree with!!

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