Before Jesus got ahold of me a few years ago, I was known to say “Well, I do not believe in a God who would send people to hell”. It’s a relatively common statement, I am sure you have heard it, or even spoken a variation of it. “I do not believe in a God who would condemn someone for eternity just because they did a few things wrong” .
Fact is, it is really quite irrelevant what you believe. Only what He said. If you get in a car and believe with all your heart that you are driving west, but you are actually going east – you will not get to where you want to go. Absolute truth is just that. Deny all you want, come up with alternatives…but you will not get to where you want to go.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Let’s pretend you work for the biggest company in the world. You work for the CEO. He has made company policy quite clear, written it down. And then he gave you direct access to his office, to speak anytime about anything you wanted to.
Now let’s assume that you decided you didn’t agree with his company policy. So you begin doing things your own way, going against his rules, and even stating you doubted his authority because you do not agree with him. Does the CEO smile and allow you to continue working so closely with him? Will he reward you with promotions and awards?
No. And in no other social structure would we feel comfortable or even allowed to rebel against, deny and outright disobey the legitimate authority figure, and expect to be rewarded in the end for it. Yet somehow, we have decided that we have a greater moral authority than God. That His ways are old-fashioned, out of touch, intolerant, wrong. Why? Because we disagree WITH GOD? Why should He reward us with heaven, with eternal life, when we have decided we will not follow His ways? When most of us have never even bothered to study His precepts? Jesus is considered by basically everyone, including other faiths, to be the greatest moral mind to have ever walked the planet. Jesus spoke of hell often. He said many will end up there. Is it possible the greatest moral man to ever walk the planet is a liar and a deceiver?
No. Yet people choose to believe that everyone, except maybe Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer, ends up in heaven. Why? Because it makes more sense to us, and makes us more comfortable. But it is a great lie, designed to placate us and allow us to just drift our way through, ending up , well, in the opposite direction than we thought we were headed.
“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:14
My mission for the rest of my life is to help people find the gate. Because the truth is this. God “sends” no one to hell. Hell is an eternal separation from God because YOU chose it. How? By not choosing to follow Jesus. This is not a half-hearted, “of course I believe in God, and I go to church” . This is a conscious effort to prove what has been taught us with our own study. (Acts 17:10-12) To seek God first in all things. (Matthew 6:33) He tells us to die to self and pick up our cross. (Matthew 16:24) Care for others more than ourselves. Love our enemies. (Luke 6:27-28) Give away our money. (Luke 12:23) Worship Him continually. (Hebrews 13:15) Love Him with all our heart, soul and mind. (Luke 10:27)
“Anyone who isn’t with Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn’t working with Me is actually working against Me.” Matthew 12:30
The good news is, it is not God’s will that ANY be lost. He gave everyone an equal chance.(John 3:16) But He is also the CEO. The big Kahuna. And His sense of justice, of fairness, or mercy and of judgement is far superior to ours. How arrogant of us to think we are smarter, more evolved, or more fair than God!!!!
“I do not believe in a God who would…” Well, if it’s in His word, you do not have to believe it, but it is true. And if you are not with Him, you oppose Him. Thank You Jesus that You believe in us, and will never give up on us. We are sorry we are so willful.