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FAQ ID # 340
Last Update : 2007/09/14
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Question / Issue
In your articles about the state of the dead, you argue that the soul is immortal and you emphasize that believers go directly to heaven when they die. But on your website you do not adress the issue of God's charachter in light of an eternal hell. How do you present God as a loving God, if you beleive in an eternal hell?

Answer / Solution

God doesn't send anyone to hell. It was never His design to send people to hell. It breaks the heart of God to see man, made in His image, make the deliberate choice to go to hell. Hell was not made for people; it was made for the angelic being that rebelled against God, Satan. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus says the everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels. Scripture also teaches, "[God] is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). That is why God sent Jesus to die on the cross in our place--to bridge the gap between sinful man and a Holy God. The gates of hell are locked from the inside. If you end up in hell, you will practically have to climb over Jesus to get there.


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