Jul 15, 2008

Is It Just Or Fair That Some People Are Going To Hell Instead Of Heaven?

Have you ever thought about this much?

It is an incredibly important question.

Is it fair that some people are going to hell instead of heaven?

This is most certainly not a game.

One thing that we have learned through all these years is that God seems to really value the idea of meaningful choice.

So let's set up a scenario.....

Imagine that your sister was just raped and tortured brutally by some sick, twisted, perverted, arrogant man who had been doing the same thing to other women for years.

How would you feel if that happened?

It is quite likely that you would probably be enraged beyond belief. Your anger would probably be exploding inside of you. Your very soul would be crying out for justice.

But good news......the rapist has been caught and he is going to go before the judge.

You feel (perhaps naively) that now you are going to get some real justice.

However, at the trial, the judge says to the rapist, "Well, you made a little mistake, but you are alright with me dude......let's go hit the bars I need a drink. Case dismissed!"

How would that make you feel?

The reality is that evil deserves to be punished, and any judge that refuses to punish evil is a wicked judge.

What if God said to Adolf Hitler: "Ah I see you killed six million Jews, but I'm cool with that......come and let me show you around your mansion."

Would God say that?

Of course God would never say that!

The reality is that God is a God of perfect love AND of perfect justice.

Evil deserves to be punished, and God is certainly going to punish it.

Imagine if all the wicked men in high places today got away with it not only here on earth but in eternity as well?

Would that be fair?

The truth is that most people raise this issue because they don't want to be accountable to God or anyone else.

The heart of this objection is that people do not trust God's punishment to be just.

Those who are guilty rarely think they deserve their punishment, while those of us on the outside looking in usually feel that the guilty deserve more punishment. Ask the majority of inmates in our prisons today.....very few of them would admit that they got what they deserved.

So what do we truly know about the coming punishment? We do know from the scriptures that there will be varying levels of judgement:

Matthew 11:20-24

Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."

So is your judgment going to be the same as that for Satan or for the person next to you? The scriptures seem to indicate not.

God is just, and we can trust God that all of his judgments will be perfectly just. We do not need to worry about that.

Now, some people believe that hell is a "second death" and those who go there go out of existence. Others believe that you suffer for a time based on your sins and then you go out of existence. Others believe that hell is for eternity and people suffer their punishments forever. I am sure there will be many comments posted to this article by various people regarding their individual views.

However, for now let me post what the Bible says about the matter at the end of the book:

Revelation 20:10-15

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Now is there any good news?

Yes there is!

God is a God of perfect love and of perfect justice.

God loves you and Jesus took your judgment on Himself at the cross.

Jesus paid for all the sins of mankind through his death on the cross.

Being man, Jesus could die for the sins of men.

Being God, Jesus could die for an infinite amount of sins.

If you ask Jesus into your life, you can have eternal life in heaven with Him, and that is great news!

I John 5:11-13

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

If you would like to know how you can invite Jesus into your life and have your sins forgiven forever I would encourage you to read these 4 spiritual laws:


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