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Does God Send People to Hell?

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To answer that question, you have to go back through a brief history of the world, and look at the question within that historic framework. It becomes much easier to understand the question and the answer.

This world is in a battle that began at the garden of Eden, actually prior to the garden of Eden. The forces of evil we see around us are a continuation of that historic event.

Prior to the history of this earth, Lucifer, a high-ranking angel in heaven, rose up against God in heaven to try to take the throne of God. Lucifer was thrown out of heaven as well as 1/3 of the angels who followed him. Thrown to the earth, Lucifer, whose name meant light-bearer, having lost the glory of the light given to him, began being known by a new name of satan or the serpent.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9 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.

 

There was a newly minted man and woman on the earth, created by God, and given authority by the Lord God over the earth.   Satan came to them and tried to enlist them in satan’s ongoing rebellion against God and also to steal their authority given by God.   The serpent tempted them, “hath God said….” and by listening to that deception they disobeyed a commandment God had given them.

With that, what is called the Fall of mankind happened.

With that, they lost their relationship with God. Sin, sickness, and death entered the world. And every person since then has been born with what is called original sin.

Mankind did not evolve from the slime.  Mankind fell from his relationship with God.

The only way out of that state is repentance, turning to the Lord Jesus Christ, and being born again by the spirit of God.

So how did Jesus become part of the process?

There is confusion about Jesus. Was he a teacher? a prophet?

Yes, he is all that, but more than that.  He is the Saviour of mankind.

He lived a sinless life, became the propitiation for man’s sins, paid the price of justice for the Fall, and through him, by faith in him, by faith in his name, by faith in the power of His Blood and His redemptive work on the cross, man can be born again…if a man, woman, or child individually chooses to and asks to be born again.

Until Jesus, God had set up a system of temporarily dealing with the problem of sin.   This is described in the Old Testament through the setting up of the tabernacle and sacrifices.   Jesus came as the final solution, the final Sacrifice, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.

You can see from the above history, that the default state of every person is to be born into a fallen state, born into sin, born into the historic consequences of the fall.

God did not originally intend this.  Mankind chose this.

When God created man he gave man the gift of free will.  Otherwise, man would be a puppet.

So when the original ancestors fell, that was passed on to mankind.  Jesus is the way out.

Why didn’t God call “time out” and start over?  God can’t break his own laws.

Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

 

God gave earth to mankind.  The problem of sin was now a problem of earth, and had to be solved on earth.  Call it a matter of jurisdiction.  Crimes are tried where they occur.  The crime happened on earth and had to be tried here.  Out of love and mercy for mankind, Jesus willingly became the victim for the crime committed at the Fall, and for the sin of every man, woman, and child after that.  Jesus, God, the Son of God, willingly took the place of man to be tried for mankind for the Fall.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

We have no way out without Jesus.

The default situation of every person born on this earth is being headed to hell since we are born in trespasses and sins. Jesus made the way of escape.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

Going back to the initial question, it is Jesus who offers a way of escape from hell.

The way of escape is there, the key is there, mankind must receive it. Mankind must individually receive the gift of salvation.  The way of escape from hell is through Jesus Christ.

So if someone heads to hell, it is because they did not receive or refused the gift that Jesus offers.

Because of the Fall of mankind and the entrance of sin into the human race,  because every person is born in trespasses and sin, without Jesus Christ, the default destination for mankind is hell.

Jesus offers the way of escape.


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The Leap to Experience

 

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How can you have faith in a God you cannot see?  How can you experience God?

Words can only point to an experience.   How can someone, for example, describe the smell of coffee?   The only way would be to sit a person down, and say, “I am going to open a can of coffee grounds, and when you smell it, that is the smell of coffee.”  There really is no way to describe the smell of coffee, but to lead a person to the experience, where ultimately, the person must experience the smell of coffee for himself or herself.

How does a child learn to ride a bike?  A parent may hold the child on the bike for a little while he or she is learning, the parent might catch the child if he or she begins to fall, the parent might tell the child to sit up straight and try to give some hints, but the child has to “catch” the experience himself or herself and learn to balance and pedal at the same time.

A teacher can try to organize the material, give some examples, but the student has to have the “light bulb” moment when the knowledge catches on.

And so it is with God and faith.  Apologetics and those who work in that discipline can give you the historical facts.  Archeologists can confirm Biblical history.

You can learn of the fulfilled prophecies in the Old Testament that point to Christ.  The prophet Micah said he would be born in Bethlehem.  Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  The prophet Isaiah described the redemptive work of Christ in Isaiah 53.  Many other prophecies were fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ.

Like the various aids and hints on riding a bike, the scriptures, the testimonies, the law helps guide a person to the reality of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

 

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

 


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The Importance of the Bible

I Peter 2:2 as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that with it you may grow,

 

The newborn baby refers to someone who has been born again.

 

John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 The same came to him by night, and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”

3 Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”

4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

5 Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ 8 The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Psalm 17:4 As for the deeds of men, by the word of your lips,
I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.

Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.


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