Wrestling with Tough Questions

“Be ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” – 1 Peter 3:15 

The world is brimming with questions, and it seems like everyone is on a quest for answers. As believers, we’re called not just to know what we believe but also to understand why we believe it. 

Over the next few days, we’re going to be delving into a tough question that often lingers in the hearts and minds of many: Why would a loving God send people to Hell? It’s a poignant inquiry that challenges the very nature of God’s love. And you might have encountered this question from skeptics or even wrestled with it yourself. 

The Apostle Peter encourages us to be ready to give a defense for the hope within us. So, why do you believe what you believe about God’s love and the concept of Hell? It’s a topic that demands thoughtful consideration and compassionate articulation. 

Firstly, let’s acknowledge the tension. The idea of a loving God allowing people to experience separation in Hell can seem perplexing. But delving into Scripture and the character of God can provide insights. 

God’s love is pure, and His justice is unwavering. The reality of Hell stems from the profound freedom He grants to humanity. Love requires choice, and God, in His love, grants us free will. The concept of Hell is not a desire of God but a consequence of our rejection of His love. 

Imagine a world without consequences, without justice. It might seem appealing at first, but ultimately, it would be a world without true love. God’s love is unconditional, but receiving it involves a choice. Hell, then, becomes a result of rejecting God’s invitation rather than a punitive action of a capricious deity. 

Our beliefs about Hell and a loving God are rooted in the acknowledgment of free will, justice, and the relentless pursuit of God’s love. So, as we grapple with these challenging questions, let’s seek a deeper understanding, recognizing the profound balance between God’s love and His justice.

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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