How Can a Good God Send People to Hell?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Psalms 103

The doctrine of hell is really a doctrine of destiny, a destiny which no one wants to choose for themselves. But we all think hell is for someone; the murderers, the rapists and the abusers of our society. Hell can also feel extremely personal if we think of someone lost without saving faith in Christ. These are fair concerns.

There has been a recent surge in Christian literature where the reality of hell is questioned simply because it seems unfair. One book has platformed the question that we are discussing today, “how can a good God send people to hell?” and “does not love win out in the end because God is good and loving?”

It is true that God is good and loving, gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in love. But we don’t do ourselves any favors to dismiss this doctrine simply because it upsets us. Today we will answer how God can remain good and loving despite the reality of hell.