One of the strongest arguments against God is that if there was a God, how could he send people to Hell? HOw can a supposedly loving God send anyone to eternal damnation? Personally, I don’t think they are asking the right question. It should be, how can a loving and compassionate God bar people from turning their backs on God, if that is their inclination? Why would he force anyone to be with him who, for whatever reason, does not want to go to him? Hell was not originally intended for humans at all, but for the fallen angels and their head ringleader, Satan. It also became a place for anyone to remove themselves from God’s presence.
I’ll be honest. I’m no biblical scholar yet. I don’t know all about how God works, or what Heaven or Hell will be like. But I do know this. Those who choose to be away from God, God is going to in the end say, “Thy will be done.” And let them go, with, I’m guessing, a very heavy heart for each foolish, headstrong lamb. And that those who make that choice, will not be happy with it. They won’t know just how ever-present God is, how much he made life bearable, until he takes himself away. That is why, in the bible, it’s described as a place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. The ones who been let go will realize much too late that what they wanted and fought for so badly, was the very last thing they needed or really wanted.
This is my unschooled two cents. I’m going to end the blog with a much more learned and wise teacher in these matters. Enjoy some C. S. Lewis!
The Teacher explains our power to choose:
‘There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.’
From The Great Divorce
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis
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