Are you going to Hell?
February 25, 2005 § Leave a comment
No one likes to think that *anyone* is going to Hell, and based on what I read in Scripture, God isn’t too thrilled with the idea Himself. He says over and over again that He is giving everyone every opportunity to “see the light” so to speak.
And it is not that He is “sending” people to Hell with reckless abandon. We are born into a cursed and fallen world in a cursed and fallen state. That’s where the whole idea of being “saved” comes from. We don’t just decide to take a little stroll and turn left at purgatory and cruise into heaven. According to scripture, we are all born destined for Hell.
let’s see if I can do Romans 101…
God created man. God loved man, and wanted man to love him back, but freely, for what kind of love is it that forces itself on anyone? So God gave man a command to obey in the Garden of Eden– Do not eat this fruit. Man broke that command. Enter sin. Sin=death. Man’s sin caused God and man to be separated, physically and spiritually.
God wanted man back, but because of sin now infesting man’s nature, it could not happen. Man did not know he had sin, so God gave him a Law. Man broke the law, because he could not help himself, due to sin, and now he knew he was separated from God and why.
The whole point of the Law is to show us how far off the mark we human beings are when it comes to holiness and righteousness. All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
So what are we to do? No matter how hard we try, NONE of us will ever be perfect. Not one. That is why Jesus came and died and rose again. He is the Way Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father but through Him. But what does that mean? In other verses that Lilia pointed out, it says that He calls us, and chooses us, predestines us even, for glory. But there is free will involved. and He does look at men’s hearts.
He knows each and every one of us better than we know ourselves. He peers into the hearts of men and reads their inner-most thoughts. He knows who we are, and how we respond to Him, because He knows how we respond to His creation, and our attitudes about one another. He knows before we even know ourselves how we are going to ultimately react to Him. That is how the whole “predestined” thing kinda works out (but that’s a bit too off-topic for the current discussion… lol)
I think the best model for what I am trying to say is in The Last Battle of the Chronicles of Narnia. When each of the animals, people, trees etc came up to the Doorway where Alsan stood at the end of all things, each one looked into His face. And there they either responded with joy, or hatred. I think that is in a nutshell how it will ultimately be with us. You either will love Him, or not, and your life can show pretty much which way you are going there.
That being said, He has given us commands and promises, and said that we must believe and follow Him. And that those who have not heard will still be without excuse, because the heavens themselves declare God’s glory. So even those in “deepest darkest Africa” (to use the old missionary jargon) will still stand in judgement.
The verse I gave above says “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.”
Some people, when they see Jesus for the very first times in their lives, even though they have never heard His Name, will recognize Him. And be welcomed home.