How could an All-Loving God send ANYONE to hell?
Lets just stop and think for a moment of who we are talking about. We are talking about an "All-loving God" but if you don't know the God we are talking about here and who we are in comparison to him, then of course this question would be asked. There's a big difference between knowing God and knowing of God. You have to have the correct perspective of who God is. For example, God is holy, meaning set apart and to be exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. God is soverign, meaning to have absolute right to do all things according to his own good pleasure. God is just, meaning to be fair or righteous. Now, lets think about who we are for a second. God gave us a standard of goodness and that is the Ten Commandments. I'm not gonna list them, but they are listed in Exodus 20: 1-17. Think about how unholy we are. When was the last time we lied to someone? Yesterday? When was the last time we got an attitude or disliked someone who didn't perform or act the way you thought they should? When was the last time you stole something or borrowed something without returning it. If we went through the whole ten commandments I am pretty sure we would see how unholy we are. Why do we deserve to go to heaven? Is there anything that we can do , that is better than Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of the world? If you've come to the same conclusion that i have , then you know on the day of judgement the only thing we deserve is hell. Three days ago, Hillsong's worship leader Marty Sampson announces that he is losing his faith and he doesnt understand "how a God can be so loving yet send 4 billion people to hell." An illustration I once heard was, If someone came to your house and murdered your whole family, what would you want to happen to that person? Lets say the police caught the murderer, would you want them taken to a good or crooked judge. Think about this, a good judge will give the criminal the just and rightful punishment according to the crime and a crooked judge could be payed off or bribed and the guilty can go free. So what kind of judge would God be if he let us get away with our crimes? If we bribe him with good works, or an beautifully wrapped resume? How many sins did satan commit before he was kicked out of heaven? 1. How many sins did Adam and Eve commit before they were kicked out of the garden. 1. So who exactly are we to think that we just all deserve a front row ticket to heaven? There is not one human being on this earth who deserves to go to heaven. Instead, people go to heaven simply because of God's grace, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace is giving you something you do not deserve. Jesus died a tragic death on the behalf of the world's brokenness, shame, and sin. God knew there was nothing we could do to escape our brokenness and sin, so he sent his one and only son to die on our behalf. But if Jesus died for the sins of the world, then why do people still go to hell? First in John 14:6, Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Most people still go to hell because they try other ways or they are just stuck in their own. Some people try different religions, try to be perfect themselves, or they just love their sin too much to give it up. All of these things will only lead you to even more brokenness. Chasing perfection will only show you how imperfect you are. You can say you are a good person, but eventually you have to realize that it is your own standard of goodness, not God's. Recognizing who we are shows us that if God decides to allow anyone to go to heaven it is simply his grace and his decision; not by anything we have done.