Frequent Questions

How can God be full of love and still send people to hell?

Before I became a believer this question was one of my ‘justifications’ for not believing in God. After all if a loving God could send people to hell, then was He really loving after all? Well, the answer is an astounding YES! He is a loving God. He is loving because He defines what love is. He is the creator of the universe, the Alfa and Omega, and love is the very character of God. God may act in ways that we deem as unloving by our standards, but to Him they are not unloving. Gods ways are above our ways and his thoughts are above our thoughts. We can not put love into a box and say, “this is what love looks like.” The only person who has that authority to do that is God Himself because He created love and he opted to share it with each one of us. 

Now, that we have established that God is a God of love and the very creator of it, let’s go back to the question. How can a God be full of love and still send people to hell?  My answer is this, God laid out everything on the table. He said if you accept me as your Lord and Savior and love me then you are set free. His plan was not to ‘send you to hell’ rather his plan was that you would share eternity with Him. God does not ‘send’ us to hell, rather, he gives us the option to choose.

Okay, you say, maybe God lets you choose. But he still allows it. Which leads me back to this question. Can God be loving and still allow people to go to hell? Well to that question I would then have to answer, yes. You see God is love and remember he acts in ways that seem unloving to us, but by his standards they are not. Remember too that God has many characteristics and He is not only known for sharing his love and mercy, but he is also known for frequently pouring out his wrath towards sin. So my final question to you then is this, are you willing to accept that? God does what is just, right and loving, can you trust Him on this?

*Recommended Reading & notes taken from: Francis Chan’s book- “Erasing Hell”

 

If God is perfect then why did he create a world not so perfect?

This is a great question. You see God created a world that was beautiful and perfect in every way. There was no death, no decay, no destruction, no weeds, it was perfect! He created it as an expression of Himself.  But what we need to remember, however, is that sin entered the world, and when it entered, it allowed room for decay and deterioration. Bringing with it death, decay and a not so perfect world.

Genesis 3:17, “Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake’ In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” 

The earth was cursed the day Adam and Eve sinned and therefore with sin came corruption. 

Romans 8:20, “For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope.”

 

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

This one simple question can be a stumbling block to anyone who has experienced something ‘bad’ in their life. The death of a loved one, a health issue, an accident, an injury, an abusive relationship, and the list goes on. We have all experienced some sort of trauma in our lives and usually we are left asking the question, why God? Why did this bad thing happen? The truth is God does allow ‘bad’ things to happen to us but he does not cause them. In fact quite the opposite. He knows our pain, he’s experienced it, he loves us and he promises to help us through it.

Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

God does not ‘will’ that bad things to happen us, but rather they happen because we live in a fallen world that is corrupted by sin and led by the master of it, Satan himself.

So then you might ask, if God does not cause the accident, or death, or whatever ‘bad’ thing happened, then why does he not step in and prevent it? And my answer is this. God has his reasons for intervening and not intervening in people’s lives. Sometimes He will step in and other times he does not. It’s not because you have done something wrong or are being punished, no, for God does not condemn us (John 3:17). It’s because Gods ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). He see’s things from a different point of view then you or I. He knows the beginning from the end, our past and even our future. And he always has a plan in mind.

Think about this for a moment. All of the disciples in the Bible went through trials and many died gruesome deaths for their belief in Christ, including: being stoned to death, beheaded, crucified, dragged, hanged and beaten, among other things. I would call all of these things ‘bad’ things. But you see, the disciples did not cast Christ aside and give up on him. No they went to their deaths defending Christ and because of that many people came to the love and knowledge of Christ. 

Or how about God sending his one and only son, Christ, to die on the cross in our place. God allowed this to happen to his own Son, and yet, if he had not allowed it, then you and I would not have had the saving grace that we so freely share today. All things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:29). So praise you Lord for the death of your Son. What a blessing it was for us all!

What we need to remember, as hard as it is for us, that Gods ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts. God promises all of us trials in our lives and he has a reason for everything He does. And because he is Almighty God creator of the universe, we must put our faith, hope and trust in Him even when he chooses not to intervene in our situation. He is a loving God and does promise to hold our hand through any circumstance.

Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

 

What about people who have never heard the Gospel?

The answer to this question lies in Romans 1:20 which says, “Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”   

This verse is telling us that all people of the world, every race, nation, and people group, all of us have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. He says that the creation itself declares the glory of the Lord. That people can know that God is who he says he is simply by looking to his creation. Every rock, every mountain, every speck of dirt, the seas, the stars, all of it points to a Creator and because of this all people of the world know that He exists.

Now does this give us a reason not to tell people about God? Certainly not! Christ tells us that our very purpose here is to ‘spread the gospel message.’ It was one of the last things Jesus spoke to his disciples before ascending back to his Father in heaven. Spreading the message of Christ is the very lifeline of Christianity and God expects us, as believers, to obey Him in this. He loves to use us as tools to accomplish His will and oh what a blessing it is to be used by Almighty God!  

I know I have only listed a few questions here and yet there are many more to be answered. So if you would like, please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions. As I would love to help in any way that I can. In addition all questions will remain confidential. Hope to hear from you soon!

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18 responses to “Frequent Questions

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  2. In veiw of the question why does God allow bad things to happen to good people. According to phillipians 1:29 we are called to fully identify our lives to christ including his sufferings. And he allows certain things in our lives so that we would be conformed more to his image. We all want to be like jesus, for example… To being forgiving like him. The only way for that to happen is to experience hurts and through that we learn his character of forgiveness. At the end of the day, no one is good person in the sense that we were all sinners saved by grace.

  3. Hi Elissa, one of the greatest Truths God has shared with me is my need to ask for and believe I have received His wisdom in Christ Jesus, it is the principle or main thing needed and in doing so, I know I will no longer be just a natural man/woman 1Corinthians2 9-16, full of sin, doubts and fears, all promoted by Satan, we have been set free but like Paul said at one time in his walk, I’m not fully perfected yet in God’s Love, meaning conformed into the image of Jesus Christ but like you Ellisa I’m aiming for it with all my heart and as you have done, I asked God to show me were I need washing too, so I can say with assurance like Paul did one day before I die and other Christians through the ages have done, I will be rewarded with the Crown of Righteousness.

    I found Truth in your answers Elissa as I do with others who share, and as Jesus as shown me, we are increasing in His understanding and knowledge daily as we seek His Teaching by the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

    I would like to respond to just one of your comments today Elissa but I will return if that is ok with you.

    In the beginning God tells us He created everything in The Heavens and the earth and it was all very good but there is no mention of Hell which is evil and was created by Satan with the intention of torturing us. God is Love and cannot create evil, so if God knows all things why did He create Satan. We remember Satan is a created Angel, he was not created evil, he was given power and a position of honour but he chose to disobey because of his pride, Satan wanted Gods glory, and like us God gave him free will and Satan chose to be evil by choosing to usurp His Authority. Evil is the absence of Love or God, sin gives birth to sin and then Spiritual death of the soul, which is eternal separation from God but as you shared Elissa, this is not God’s will, He does not want anyone to perish, which means to be eternally separated from Him, it is our choice if we are, He will not go against our free will, He does not want Puppets, He allowed us to have a choice, He wants us to freely choose without fleshy fear to Love Him and reject evil and He will then empower us so we can.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

    • I agree that Satan, by wanting Gods glory, willing chose to be evil and because of that, he will be eternally separated from the Lord in the Lake of Fire.. hell. Yes hell is being eternally separated from the Lord, but it is also a physically place. God created the fire pit of hell. But what makes hell evil is the demonic realm that lives there, in the pit of fire.

      Matt. 25:41, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the ETERNAL FIRE PREPARED for the devil and his angels.'”

      Hell was originally designed for the devil and his angels, but because of the sin of humanity, we are condemned to Hell without a Savior, Jesus Christ. And the Scriptures are clear that hell is a place of fire. Any place without the presence of God, is a place that will automatically be desolate and horrible. Another point we need to consider is that Hell is a place where God’s wrath is poured out.

      One other point is that the soul cannot die, in the way we think of death. Death to the soul means to be separated from God. It does not mean cease to exist. If man rejects the only way provided for entrance into heaven, then there is no other place for the soul to go. Our physical bodies can only exist on this earth. They cannot exist in outer space or under the water. In the same way, our soul was built to exist in one of two places – heaven or hell.

      Hope that helps explain better where I was coming from. Thanks Anne for your insights. 🙂
      Elissa

  4. Thank you for your reply Elissa, would you please share the Scripture that tells us God created evil including Hell, not meaning Satan or the destroyer as he is also called,, I explained about his fall. I know Hell is reserved for Satan and all those who follow Him and do evil without True heart repentance but where does it tell us Hell was created by God in the Scriptures, His Love is pure and Love can’t create evil or willingly afflicts evil. He is Love and Love does no evil 1 Corinthians 13 and 1 Galatians 5, He does not cause us to be afflicted or have hardship ( see Scripture below ) to do so would conflict with His Devine Loving Nature, that seeks to forgive and rescue, protect and strengthen., equip and heal, all good things come from God and all He created was good and so is all He does……

    Lamentations 3:33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men……

    The rest that you shared Elissa, I agree with but if you read again what I shared you will see I was not talking about the Soul dieing eternally or there would be no need for Hell, when God tells us it is not His wish that anyone perishes it means to be eternally separated from Him.

    God’s wrath is His righteous anger towards the evil that is done in this world and yes He will destroy all evil by assigning it to the deaths of Hell, this is why He is patient because until we are Born again of His seed we too are evil, although we are covered by the blood of Christ and have His robe of righteousness we still need to put our flesh to death and be conformed in to the image of Jesus Christ, we are Saved and being Saved as Paul tells us, and we are to seek to be perfected in God’s Love through the empowering of The Holy Spirit, we ask and receive and this will be so if we are God’s redeemed children because He will keep us strong to the end and no temptation will be greater then we can bear and so we will have good fruit..

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

    Christian Love – Anne.

    • Again, God did not create evil. He created the Pit of Fire…. He created many things like the sun, volcano’s, all hot. He therefore created the pit of fire… hell. Evil exists there because Satan and his demons will be there. Also because any place without the presence of God, is a place that will automatically be desolate and horrible.

      Do you or do you not believe in hell being a place of fire, torment,and eternal punishment? And again, God does pour out His wrath. We must not forget. There were entire nations of people killed in the Old Testament, women and kids included at one time. He also flooded the entire earth and everyone in it. Except Noah and his family. This was Gods judgment on the earth. His wrath poured out an an evil world. Is God evil because he did that?? NO! He is God, he makes the rules, we abide by them, and we know the consequences of our actions. They are laid out in Scripture. He has the final say and there are reasons behind what he does.

      Many Biblical characters were judged for things that they did while on earth. And yes God is a God of love, but he is also our judge.

      Mark 9:44 says that hell is “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” And Matthew 25:46 tells us, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” And in Revelation 14:11 we read, “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day nor night…”

      Here are 54 other verses on hell http://www.sounddoctrine.com/fifty.htm

      I love you my sister in Christ, but if you don’t believe in hell as being a place of fire, torment and eternal separation and punishment, then I’ll have to kindly disagree with you. You are sweet and kind, and I always enjoy hearing your words, so please do not take offence to what I am saying.

      If you haven’t read “Erasing Hell” by Francis Chan, its a great read. I’d recommend it. 🙂 And Perry Stone has some great stuff on Hell also. 🙂

  5. Hi Elissa, I never take offence when someone wants to seek to resolve differences, God tells us to do this not to argue or agree to disagree, these only cause Division and God is a God of Unity, He tells us to bring our differences to Him and He will show us who is in error and He does this by The Spirit with the confirmation of Scripture. In Aussie land we do this quiet a bit but of course it does not go well with Atheists as they not only reject the Scriptures they won’t even read them but sadly some Christians do this as well so it is very good dear Elissa that we are resolving them but we are also doing so for many others who have the same questions.

    I hope you don’t mind if I respond tomorrow as it’s dinner time and Ron and I hope to catch up after on both our news which we often try to do when we have not been together for awhile but I will leave you a Link, not sure if you have seen this message, if so perhaps you can read it again it will help when I comment again tomorrow for you to see why I’m claiming what I am about God’s never ending Love. Also if you have time will you please read 1Corinthians2 asking Jesus for His understanding of both and I will contact you again tomorrow.

    But there is one point you seem to be missing, I do believe in Hell and that it is evil beyond anything we can imagine, now taking that into consideration do you really believe our God who is Love would have created it, Love can’t create or do evil, yes there is no doubt that Satan and all who are evil will go there but it was their choice not God’s.

    Alissa I have seven babies in Heaven, God has assured me they are with Him and confirmed it with Scripture but one Church I went to told me they were all in Hell because I was not a Christian when they were conceived but God tells us that until a Child can understand good from evil they are under His Grace and that Children are not punished for the sins of their Parents.

    I tried to reason with them but they would not even accept that God who is Love would never send a baby to Hell to suffer eternally because they do not understand about repentance and Salvation.

    Tomorrow dear Sister I will explain about the Pagan Nations and the time of Noah and the world wide flood but you may come to understand this Truth before.

    Love you in The Lord Always, we are family – Anne

    • Babies are not in hell. So I agree with you there. 🙂 But I still believe God CREATED the PIT OF HELL. I didn’t say he created the evil in hell. I think you are confusing the two. Hell is a real place with fire, and people do go there and are tormented and in flames of fire for eternity as the Scriptures I shared with you stated. I know all about the Pagan Nations during the time of Noah, but none the less God allowed it. There are times in the Bible where God struck two people dead for a lie, he allowed the death of King Davids baby because of his sin with Bathsheba, Moses wasn’t allowed into the promise land because he sinned by striking the rock. All these were God’s judgement. God ordered Saul to kill the entire race of the Amalekites, men, women, and children. God also allowed the suffering of Pharo and his army through the 10 plagues. The Amalekites, Pharo, and the people during the time Noah were “Pagan Nations”, thats a fact, and God allowed the judgment because of that. In the SAME manner, God will allow judgement on those who don’t accept His son, you are either for God or against Him. And if you are against him, you are “Pagan” you either serve God or the Devil. Therefore if you serve the devil you are pagan. God is very much known for judging the pagans, are we exempt for that? No. And considering the 50 some odd verses in the Scriptures referencing Hell. Hell is a real place with fire and gnashing of teeth.

      Also think of the story of Lazarus and the rich man.
      Luke 16:24 “‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.”

      God will also one day pour out his wrath here on Earth, in the end times. Sadly too many people make God only a one sided God, with ONLY Love, love, love and more love. They have to either take the Bible as a whole, or not at all. HE IS LOVE that is a fact, but He is also our judge and we have been warned. Hell is a place God pours out his Wrath. Hell is a place of torment and fire. I stand firm in this belief. I am a well educated Believer and have been a Christians most of my life. I’ve studied this enough to know.

      I love you my sister in the Lord, but please know this is where I stand. 🙂 Sadly too many people are led to believe hell is just an empty space, this is just not true.

  6. Why so angry Elissa and why are you not willing to hear why God did those things you mentioned, it was not in anger but Merciful, you also are not reading what I share or you would know I believe the same as you about Hell being a place of torment which I said from the beginning but God cannot create evil and He does not do evil to bring good out of it, the Scriptures tell us if we say this is it is slander but He does bring god from evil and works everything out for good for us His Redeemed Children too.

    He did not kill David’s Baby but knew he would die as He knows everything including our Destiny even before we were conceived and every day that we will live on earth, yes He can interveen and does if needed, God knows the beginning from the end. David prayed hoping God would heal the baby but as the Scriptures tell us he did accept that he went to Heaven and that one day they would be together. I also give thanks that my Babies have only known Joy, not suffering.

    I know our God Elissa and He is Love and I have no doubts that He does not do wonton evil or cause us to suffer to teach us as so many claim and they do so because they don’t know Him , they have a form of Godliness but deny the Power, which is The Holy Spirit, and we can’t walk in sin and claim it’s ok and have The sealing and indwelling of The Holy Spirit too, which some do.

    1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with Spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned. But he that is Spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the Mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the Mind of Christ.

    Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops (KJV)

    Christian Love Anne.

    P.S I’m of to bed it’s 2AM in the morning.

    • I was not angry, if I gave that off, it was not my intent. I don’t know what lead you to believe that. But my apologies if I have.
      And I agree, GOD allowed the Death of Davids baby, as I said before, obviously God didn’t come down from heaven and kill it. 🙂
      And for some reason I didn’t gather that you believe the same about hell. But I’m glad we are in agreement. Have a blessed night, it was good speaking with you. 🙂

  7. Hi Eilssa, I’m sorry if I read you wrong, that’s the problem with comments, we can’t see the body language or hear the voice tone, it’s why I like face to face or the phone. Thank you for reading the Gaining of wisdom in Kingdom’s Garden it is on both Blogs, I’m sorry I gave you the wrong link for Freedomborn. Now that you have asked for God’s wisdom in Faith and received it, seek His understanding, knowledge and discernment too and you will find you will also have His logic and reasoning …We seek and we find and our understanding will no longer be partial.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Yes I did agree with you from the start Elissa, Hell is a place of eternal suffering but it was not created by God, Love cannot create evil, at Judgment there will only be one place for Satan and those who follow him to go, evil and good cannot co-exist, Heaven is a place of Joy not suffering and there is a chasm between both, no one can cross over, once your are asigned to Hell, your there eternally…when Jesus set the prisoners free it was mening us who were in the Slavery of sin.

    Lamentations 3:33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men……

    Thank you Elissa for being willing to look at the reasons why God needed to bring the world wide flood and cause the Pagan Nations to be killed, then I will move on but continue to follow your Blog and comment when needed to encourage you or protect you from false teachers and wolves, although I’m sure you will have the right response if needed. I will also do a Post in reference to Atheists.

    God does not agree or do wanton violence, it brings the same, abuse of any type is destructive. God’s seeks to forgive and restore, His Love responds in Love which has many facets like a diamond, it shines brightly in the darkness, it brings Hope, Peace, Joy and Rest it is also Merciful .

    What motivated God to send His people in the Old Testament to destroy through war other Nations, it was His Mercy, just like in the time of Noah and the great world flood, these Nations had no Love, their thoughts were evil and God knew they would continue to pollute those Children who would be born to them, many of whom they sacrificed alive to Pagan gods as well as committing other evil acts against them and polluting many others who they came in contact with, evil gives birth to evil and then brings spiritual death .

    God Loves His little ones and all of us His Children passionately, so to protect them from harm He put a stop to the evil of the Pagan Nations at that time as He did to the evil of Hitler and all those who followed him, sadly even Christians chose Hitler’s charismatic Leadership with his promise of power and wealth but many were later to regret that they did as they reaped what they sowed, money had become their god and God does not go against our own free will and He cannot respond to empty prayer, He disciplined them by letting them have what they wanted as He still does with us today.Just like the Parable of the Prodigal son, He waits till we come to our senses, He gives us time out, we are no longer in fellowship with Him for as long as it takes us to come to heart repentance and seek Him with all our heart or being, He does not want puppets but our hearts willingness to obey and serve Him in Love and for Love, not because of fleshy fear, we can’t Trust or Love someone who you think is going to harm us even if we sugar coat it and say it is for our good, deep down we will have fear that we will never measure up when we already have, we are Saved and being Saved… God knows those who are His and not one will perish meaning be eternally separated from Him, which would be a longgggggggggggg time out for sure but it is our choice.

    Thank you Elissa for your patience and may God continue to bless you and your Loved ones greatly, as you bless others.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  8. Thank for yours too Ellisa , as the Body of Christ we are to Love each other in our heart not just our head.

    Knowing I was not Born with God’s wisdom, no one is, I asked Him for His wisdom and received it, if I go on asking God for it then I don’t believe He gave it to me in the first place and I’m doubting that He keeps His promises and so I’m unstable, we ask and we receive ONCE but we continually give thanks , it is always our choice to ask and receive, Jesus tells us we don’t have because we don’t ask … I asked and received did you Elissa ?

    James 15: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

    Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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