“They will say, ‘Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.’” 2 Peter 3:4
“God won’t send anyone to hell, He’s too loving and nice to do that.” This is an opinion uttered by many who believe God is all-loving and compassionate. And with good reason: He IS. However, those who express this view do not seem to understand the depth of His mercy: He will not violate anyone’s free will. THAT is how loving and compassionate He is.
Many people will articulate this viewpoint in one breath and then in the next condemn someone who has done something they consider wrong, especially if it was done to them. They do not like the idea of living next door to a witch, a rapist or child-molester, a murderer, or a greedy thief or liar. How would they enjoy sharing Heaven with one such as these?
There are evil people in the world, those who get pleasure out of watching others suffer. There are those whose only joy is to feel powerful over another or to use people as their toys. Many a shoplifter or liar has stolen or told a fib without any need, but just for the delight of it. These are the ones Revelation 22:15 calls dogs, sorcerers, sexually immoral, murderers, idolaters and practitioners of falsehood.
“But,” they will say, “when they have learned their lesson by suffering for a while in hell, God will let them out.” True enough. In fact, God’s mercy is SO immense that if Lucifer, the devil himself, ever apologized and admitted that he was wrong to try to take God’s place, God would even forgive him! How soon will that happen? Try never. The devil is so self-deceived that he continually thinks that somehow, someday, in some way, he will be able to overthrow The Uncreated One. Even into the eons of eternity he will continue to plot, plan and program what he believes will be his ultimate win: “I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:14)
In the same way, those who have believed his lie, “and you will be like God, knowing good and evil,” (Genesis 3:5) will follow him to their doom. It is true that if they would learn their lesson, if they would turn from their selfishness, enjoyment of others’ pain, their immorality or greed, Father would forgive them and allow them into Heaven. But habits are hard to break, and the older habits get, the more set in the avenues of our minds they become until they are unbreakable, even for God. Thus Revelation 22:11 says, “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
We see this in the judgements of Revelation 16:9, 11, and 17. Even when they are facing unquestionable judgements of God, instead of repenting and asking for mercy, people curse God and blame Him as though all the problems being visited on them are HIS fault. Even then, if they would just ask, God would be merciful, but they simply refuse to see what should be plain in front of their eyes. “They did not repent and give him glory.”
The bottom line is that God will not send anyone to hell. In fact, He did not even make hell for humans. “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.” (C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce) But God is so merciful, He will not allow anything evil to enter into Heaven. In His Final Mercy, He will isolate the recalcitrant sinner so they cannot go on sinning, injuring others and themselves. And that final separation from all others who live in God will be hell.
In this series on The Promise of His Coming, I have presented The Lie, The Truth, The End and Your Choice, details of what The End might look like, and how the enemy of our souls has deceived the whole world with pseudo-science to deter people from believing that Jesus will come again. It is my sincere hope that someone reading this will begin to investigate: Did Jesus arise from the dead? What are the implications if He did? Will He come again? What will the End Times look like, if not like our present troubles?
There is always hope for anyone, no matter what you have done, how you have lived your life, how ignorant of The God Who Is you have been, how far from God and any goodness you have moved. All you need is Jesus. He will forgive; He will restore what was broken; He will give you eternal life . . . if you will receive Him. (John 1:12)
Maranatha, even so, come Lord Jesus.