Why Does God Send People to Hell?
should be, not why does God send people to hell, but rather,
why would anyone choose to go to hell when God has provided a way to go to heaven
that can be taken freely and without cost simply by receiving His Son's death
as payment for one's sins.
We don't like to talk
about hell, but simply
put, hell is real.
that hell was created for the devil and his angels (demons)
against God (Matthew 25:41) They knew
God, His glory,
His presence and His
love and they defied Him, so He
They have no hope of
but we do.
and Eve brought sin into
the world, but God sent a Savior (I John 4:4).
2 Peter 3:9 says that God "is not willing that any should perish."
God is holy and perfect (Revelation
1:13 states "You
(God) are of purer eyes than to behold evil…and cannot look upon
If He cannot even look upon evil, how could He possibly have sinful people sharing His home
the way, John 14:2 says He is preparing a home for us also).
Can you imagine
spending eternity in heaven
with people who steal and murder;
people who backbite
bully and hate you.
We can't abide these
types of people; much more a holy God.
5:48 says "Be ye perfect; as your heavenly Father
to Romans 3:23,
we all fall short of that.
And so, since He is
perfect and we are not,
Keep this word perfect in mind as you continue this study.
We are sinners. Romans
3:19-22 teaches us that we are all
guilty before God because all have sinned.
Isaiah 59:1-3 (NKJB) says "your sins have separated you
God sees every evil
every word; sees every selfish motive..
is a penalty for our sin. Romans 6:23 says
that" the wages of sin is death."
Anyone who questions
this should read
Revelation 21:8, Romans chapters 1-3, the book of Jude, 2 Peter 2:4-15
chapter 3. We all find ourselves in there
and other verses tell
us a lot about ourselves that we don't want to admit.
It is our sin that
Read the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). We all fail.
Romans 1:18-21 tells us that when
men knew God they "exchanged the truth of God for a lie."
28 says men "did not think it
worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God."
1:29-31 has another list of sins:
"They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice.
They are gossips,
slanderers, God haters,
insolent, arrogant, boastful; they invent ways of doing evil;
their parents (who hasn't) ; they are senseless, faithless, heartless,
goes on to say in
verse 32 "Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do
things deserve death,
they not only
continue to do these very things
approve of those who practice them."
Jude and 2 Peter 2:1-4 & 10-14 also condemn people because they not only sin but entice and encourage others to sin.
When we are judged according to our works we are all concluded to be sinners (Romans 3:9).
God concludes Paul's discourse on sin by an
Old Testament quote in Romans 3:10-12:
"There is none
righteous, no not
one…All have turned away, there is no one who does good, not even
"Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing
rather through the
law we become conscious of sin."
are used to being graded on the curve, but
God does not.
God puts us all in the same position (we are all guilty.) and then provides a way to save us from our sin.
If we think we are good, God says in Isaiah 64:6 that "all our righteous acts are like filthy rags,
tainted by those sins which we have done or are doing.
James 2:8-14 explains this and says, "whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty
all of it." God's standard is much
higher than ours.
of us can keep
even the first of the Ten Commandments, much less be perfect.
Here are a few more
lists: I Corinthians
6:8-11 and Revelation 21:8.
Revelation 21:8 includes the sin of not believing – of rejecting the truth (Romans 2:8).
Romans 1:18-21 explains that the
nature and power of God are made obvious by His creation
suppress the truth. Jude 10 says that we
know the truth by instinct.
2 Peter 3:3-6 says that those who choose not to believe "deliberately forget"
that God created the
world and destroyed it with a flood.
Romans 1:20 says: "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature
– have been clearly
seen, being understood from what has been
that men are without excuse."
1:21 says that "they did not glorify Him as God."
Scriptures teach that God deserves glory
and honor and respect and to not do this is reason enough for judgment.
Jews felt He was so holy they would not
even speak His Name.
God told Moses to
take off his sandals in His presence for even the ground was holy.
And Moses was afraid to look at God, even when He was revealed in a burning bush (Exodus 3:2-6).
John chapter 3 talks about sin and
Not only does sin
but John 3:18 says a man "stands condemned already
because he has not
believed in the name of God's one and only Son."
person's sins and "God's wrath remain
on him" (John 3:31) because he refuses God's only way of deliverance.
passage also says the reason people don't
come to the Light (Jesus) is that they don't want their sin exposed.
Romans 2:8 says people "reject the truth and follow evil." It is deliberate. It is our choice.
At the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20:10-14 the first issue is:
Is your name written
happens when you
If not, a person is judged on the basis of their works and no one will be found worthy.
Read 2 Peter 2:14&15 to see how people
"never stop sinning," forsake the right way and deliberately go
astray (Isaiah 53:6).
Since God says all are sinners and
imperfect what can we do?
says in 2
Peter 3:9 that He "is not willing that any should perish but that all
should come to repentance."
does that really mean? In Greek (the
original language of the New Testament) the word "repent"
literally means to
"change your mind."
person is refusing to believe and accept what God says about sin he
must change his mind.
must admit that
he has sinned. John 3:19-20 says that
men don't come to Jesus (the light),
because they know that the light will show that their deeds are evil.
There is a story Jesus told in the
Bible in Luke 18:9-14 about a Pharisee and a tax collector.
The self-righteous Pharisee prayed "God, I thank you that I am not like other men –
even like this tax collector."
refused to see himself as one who had sinned and then began to boast
The tax collector
"would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven…saying "God be
merciful to me a sinner."
accept what God says: we are sinners in need of salvation by God's
Repenting and believing are tied together. People won't come to Jesus for salvation if they think they can make it on their own.
Then a person needs to change his
mind about the way of salvation and accept God's way.
said in John 14:6 "I am the way
and the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but through
A person must "change
mind" and stop believing he is good enough to earn it and believe
Jesus paid for his sin (I Peter 2:24).
these verses: Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8&9; I Corinthians
Isaiah 53:1-12; I Peter 2:2;
John 1:21; 1:12; 14:6; 3:16, 30; Romans 10:9-10, 13.
You must simply believe just as the thief on the cross did and went to be with Jesus on that very day (Luke 23:40-43).
The Pharisees are a good example (if
you will), a picture of what it means to repent or to change your mind.
They were self-righteous, counting on their ancestry as Jews, their standing in leadership,
their knowledge of
and their good deeds; they saw themselves as righteous.
Jesus saw their hearts and in Matthew 23 told
them of their many faults:
calling them evil
snakes and treacherous men.
Clearly they needed to change their minds and admit their sin and need of salvation.
They became the enemies of the very One Who came to save them.
to believe that He was the Christ (Matthew 12, Mark 3, Luke 10 and John
When Jesus pointed out their sin and Who He was they became angry to the point of trying to kill Him
were like Cain, who
when told he was
wrong, rose up and killed his brother (Genesis
come to the source of Life.
in John 5:39&40 "You diligently study the Scriptures because you
that by them you possess eternal life.
are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you
to me to have life." We can be like
can not want to admit our sin
and our NEED OF A SAVIOR.
CHANGE THEIR MINDS (REPENT) and believe Who Jesus is (Philippians
them people need to
change their minds
about sin and the need for God's mercy; and stop rejecting Jesus
(God's way of salvation). I Peter 2: 24 says "Who His own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree."
But there is good news. Remember
2 Peter 3:9 says that God is not
willing that any should perish.
4:14 says "The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world."
3:17 says "God sent not His Son into
the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved."
In John 3:14-16 Jesus tells
Nicodemus a story from the time of Moses that pictures salvation.
3:14&15 says "Just as Moses
lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
We cannot be perfect by ourselves,
but Romans 4:5 says that "faith is credited as righteousness."
10:14 says he has "perfected us
24 says God is able
to present us without fault before His glorious presence.
He has put His Holy Spirit in us (I Corinthians 6:19) and made our conscience clean (Hebrews 9:14).
He covers our sin and will never count it
us (Romans 4:6-8).
He washes us
"white as snow" (Isaiah 1:18). As the hymn writer wrote:" And
when before the throne,
I stand in Him
complete, Jesus died my soul to
lips shall still repeat.
Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe, Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow."
People use the horror of hell as an
excuse for not believing the truth.
accuse God of "wrongness" because of His judgment of sin.
They do this because
they don't want to
acknowledge their own sin and God's way of salvation.
Read John 3:16-21 again. Don't use a truth you can't change keep you from accepting God's "gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).
God doesn't send people to hell. People go to hell because they decide to refuse God's offer of forgiveness.
encouragement for believers in the following verses (Jude 17-25).
friends, remember what the
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.
They said to
you, 'In the last times there will be scoffers who will
follow their own ungodly desires.'
are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do
build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy
yourselves in God's love as you wait for
the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life.
Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear –
even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
fault and with great joy – to the only
Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen."
Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,
you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?
Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.
Those who fall asleep in Jesus
shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.
Those you've laid in the grave in tears,
you shall meet them again with joy!
Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...
never to part again!
Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.
There is no pleasant way to say it.
The Scripture says,
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
~ Romans 3:23
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."
~ Romans 10:9
Don't fall asleep without Jesus
until you are assured of a place in heaven.
Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life
first you must believe in the Lord.
You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven
and put your trust in the Lord.
To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.
There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.
That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.
You can begin a personal relationship with Him
by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:
"Oh God, I'm a sinner.
I've been a sinner all of my life.
Forgive me, Lord.
I receive Jesus as my Savior.
I trust Him as my Lord.
Thank you for saving me.
In Jesus' name, Amen."
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Lord Jesus as your personal Savior, but
have received Him today after
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