Why People Go To Hell
Hell: the reason that is was created and why it was never meant for you
Many object to the thought of a loving God condemning people to hell for failing to believe in Him. Some think eternal torment is unjust and antithetical to everything that a “good” God should do. “How,” they think, “is it just for God to condemn people to hell when the odds are so stacked against them and they have so little choice in the matter?”
Still others say, “I refuse to believe in God just because He threatens me with torment.” They feel like being punished for not believing in God is unfair and that they should be able to make a choice whether to believe without being coerced through fear. They reject God “making them an offer they can’t refuse.”
While these and many other objections to hell seem good to the natural man and even reasonable, they are wrong because they misunderstand the fundamental reality of the situation. Here is a truth,
“God cannot violate His own nature. God does not change. What He has been He will always be. Therefore, the judgement for the sin of rebellion that God decreed upon Lucifer and the fallen angels cannot change either.”
This is important to understand because one of the main mistakes people make is to assume that God has any choice in the matter. Once you begin to realize the truth of why hell was created, who it was created for, and why some people go to hell, everything starts to make sense.
Before this creation came into existence Lucifer, the bright and shining one, sinned against God. Lucifer, who as the sum of all wisdom, an archangel perfect in beauty, because of the sin or pride, decided that he wanted to be like God and led a rebellion against the Almighty. It is written,
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
In His rebellion Lucifer lead about 1/3 of the angels to abandon their first estate and support his bid to become like God. Michael, another arch angel along with the rest of the angels who remained loyal to God, waged war and defeated Lucifer and the other fallen angels.
In the aftermath of this rebellion God created the Lake of Fire as punishment for these heavenly insurrectionists. The punishment of the Lake of Fire is eternal simply because it was created in an eternal realm to punish eternal beings for sins that were so grievous that they truly deserved such a final judgement.
However, before that punishment was carried out, Lucifer tempted Eve who persuaded Adam to eat of the forbidden fruit. In fact, Lucifer temped Eve to sin just has he had sinned by tempting her with the desire to be a god. It is written,
“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
In tempting man to sin, Lucifer thought he had God upon the horns of a dilemma. If God punished Lucifer for what he and those who followed him did then God, who is just, would also have punish Eve and Her husband too. However, if God allowed Adam and Eve to live having committed the same sin as he did, God could not punish him and remain just.
Lucifer actually thought he had God in a catch 22 situation that might result in him going Scot free for the sin that he had committed. At the very least, he thought, that if he were cast into the Lake of fire that he would take mankind down with him too.
However, something happened in the Garden of Eden that Lucifer did not anticipate. Instead of killing Adam and Eve for their sins, God killed animals in their stead and clothed them with the skins. It was the first blood sacrifice. Most likely these animals were sheep used in anticipation of the sacrifice that His son would make on the cross of Calvary thousands of year in the future. In utter surprise to Lucifer, not only did God not kill Adam and Eve but He did not let Lucifer off the hook either. God merely postponed his judgement until the final judgement at the end of time (this creation).
Here is the reason people go to hell,
“A just God can’t punish one person for committing a sin and not punish another person for doing the same thing.”
The reason people go to Hell is that they commit the same sin Satan did and therefore they must receive the same punishment he does. It is God’s nature to be consistent, therefore, God cannot judge one being for a sin and not judge another being for the same sin in the same way. If people do as Satan did they must suffer the same punishment that he will suffer. God explained this in the book of Ezekiel,
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”
Here is a truth,
“If you join Lucifer in his rebellion you will also join him in his punishment.”
When Jesus says that people will be cast into the lake of fire forever he is not threatening anyone. Christ is merely making a statement of fact. It is like one person saying to another, “hey, watch out for that cliff because if you drive off of it you will fall to your death.” It would be silly for the other person to say, “your are just trying to scare me into driving on the road by trying to threaten me with death.” You would look at the person and say, “I am not threatening anyone here, I’m just warning you of the danger because I am concerned for your life.”
Coercion has nothing to do with telling someone about the Lake of Fire and the last judgement. You should not have to coerce a drowning man to accept the flotation device you have thrown him. It should be obvious what to do with it and why you provided it. Likewise, warning people of the consequences of sin is not coercion but concern for their well being. If they ignore the obvious signs their death will be a natural outcome you failing to heed the warning. God created the Lake of Fire to deal with rebellion of Lucifer and his fallen angels and it is just a fact of reality that, if you rebel, that you will end up there with him.
God is not trying to scare people into His kingdom but merely warning them of the consequences of a final judgment that was set in motion before the foundations of this world. This final judgement has to take place because of Satan and his demons. This judgement was only postponed because Lucifer temped Eve to sin. Rather than condemn people to hell God has been doing everything in His power to deliver mankind from that awful fate ever since.
The law of the Medes and Persians
There is a biblical story about a man name Daniel who served a King named Darius. There was a Law of the Medes and Persians that decreed that once a king made an official proclamation it could not be undone.
Some wicked men, who did not like Daniel (a prophet of God) conspired to persuade the king to make a decree that no one should pray to anyone except Him. The king, not knowing of their evil plans, made the decree. Then, when the wicked men found Daniel praying to God instead of the King they accused Him of breaking the law!
The king, who liked Daniel and knew that he was a righteous man worked all day and into the night to undo the degree but had no success. The law of the Medes and Persian was simply too strong. So the King commended Daniel to God and threw him into the lions den to die. God was with Daniel though, and not one of those lions harmed him all night.
This is what Lucifer (Satan) did to Adam and Eve. He knew that God would have to judge them for committing the same sin that he had done. Satan purposefully temped man to sin so that God would be either forced to kill them too our let Lucifer go free. What God has been trying to do for the last 6000 years is make a way that we can go free. The only plan God could come up with is Jesus Christ.
God gave His only begotten son so that whosoever believes on him should not perish but have eternal life. God asked His own son to die in our place and pay the price for our sins because we could not ever be sinless ourselves. God is saying to all of us that if you sin, like Lucifer, you will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. It is not a threat but just a statement of the reality that exists. Hell is as much a fact of life if you sin as gravity is if you drive over a cliff.
All those who don’t believe in Hell are just monumentally wrong. They want to wish something away that is more certain than gravity. Just because they erroneously think that God is unjust for creating the lake of fire does not mean that it does not exist. They just do not understand why it exists and why they will end up there.
God is not the villain here, Lucifer is (a.k.a Satan.) The father of lies is the one that tempered Eve who started all this mess. God never created the Lake of Fire for humans but rather for fallen angels who sought to usurp His very God Head. The only way that humans will be cast into the lake of fire is if they refuse to take the life line that God himself is throwing to them i.e. His son Jesus Christ.
What we witness in this world; all that terrible things that people want to blame God for, is the work of Satan and his fallen angles. They are the perpetrators of all the symptoms of sin on this planet. Blame them and not God, for they are the reason that things have gone so badly. God, on the other hand, is the one only who is trying to fix what they wrecked.
In conclusion, you will only suffer eternal torment if you insist on entering into the rebellion of Lucifer. If you are determined to follow in the footsteps of Lucifer’s rebellion God will have no choice but to visit the same judgement upon you. God wants to save you from your sin so that you can be forgiven and live forever with Him in the New Heavens and New Earth. Here is a truth,
“If you join Jesus in his obedience you will also join him in his reward.”
This is the act of a loving and merciful God. This is the act of someone who is on your side. This is the result of a love that forgives anything and anyone who will simply humble themselves and repent and ask Jesus Christ to be their Lord. God is good and He wants, with all his heart, to spare you from the predicament that Lucifer has put you in.
This is the truth. This is the reason that people go to hell. This is the reason that we must allow God to save us through His son Jesus Christ. Amen.
How can you apply this teaching to my life?
Simple: don’t go to hell. Sounds obvious but sometimes the most obvious things are difficult to comprehend because we are so close to them that we can’t see the forest for the trees.
Just accepted that God is not threatening you with hell in order to coerce you into believing in Him. Hell is just inevitable and He wants to warn you and save you from that awful fate. It is like you are in a row bow without oars and the river current is about to take you over a thousand foot water fall. God is dropping your a rope with a sign that says, “grab Jesus!” Here is a truth,
“it is kind of obvious what you should do.”
The truth is that Jesus rope is the only hope you have of escaping the water fall that is ahead of you. God didn’t have to ask his son to take your place on the cross but He did because He loves you. So, don’t go to hell. Realize that it is not ineviatlbe but optional. It is just that simple. Take the life line that God have given you and ask Jesus to come into your heart. All you need to do is humble yourself and repent of your sins and God will forgive you and save your from a fate that is literally much worse than death.