I grew up living in the fear of Hell than love for God. In my little understanding, Heaven was the opposite of Hell, so choosing the former was only normal. I didn’t want to go to hell, so making heaven was an alternative choice and the next best option.
But that was years ago. Man’s soul is evolving to a stage where men are no longer scared of hell. Men are beginning to develop resistance against God and a lack of reverence for Him. The soul of man is depreciating to a stage where Hell feels like a myth Christians came up with, like Hades’ Greek Mythology.
As Christians, we need to ensure whatever gospel we are preaching is strong enough to let people know the other side of the story and keep them in God’s will.
Love gives people a chance and a choice
God sends people to hell out of love. The first time I heard this sentence, it sounded weird. But the more I drew closer to God, I realized God’s love actually results in some people going to hell.
Let me explain.
Love will not hold people down against their will. No matter how much God loves a man, he NEVER imposes himself on that man. That man still has a choice to choose God or Satan. And a man choosing himself indirectly worships Satan.
Because self serves satan, there’s no sitting on the fence here.
We see examples in the Bible. Cain wanted no part in God and snapped at God when God was asking him about Abel. God let him go, detaching him from life.
Adam disobeyed God even after God gave him a choice.
The Israelites (God’s own special people) had a choice to be content and enjoy the life in the wilderness or grumble and insult God to his face.
They chose the latter and this resulted in some of them dying.
Scriptures worth reading: Deuteronomy 1:26-38, Psalm 95:6-11, Hebrews 3:7-19
Some people don’t love God and will never love God, no matter how much you preach to them. They don’t want any part with God.
Some men would turn away from the faith because they don’t want God anymore. -1Timothy 4:1, Matthew 24:10
So why would God force these same people into heaven? That would be ‘illegal’ and unloving to force people to love you and spend time with you.
And God is just. We have to choose him by desiring him above everything we’ve ever wanted.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.Matthew 16:24
Heaven is where God is present
We need to focus on our loving God, because God should be our heaven and our goal!
Hell is a terrible place to be because God is absent and people there are forgotten by God. The dead live there.
Earth is still bearable to live because the Holy-Spirit lives in Christians. Besides, God still has hope for more souls to come into him.
Hope thrives on earth. You don’t want to know how earth will be when the Holy-Spirit returns to heaven. When the Holy-Spirit leaves, men will be at the mercy of darkness. Nothing good will remain.
Heaven is heaven because of God. So if God the father decides to make his home on Earth today, automatically Earth becomes heaven.
God is the definition of true goodness, music, beauty, life, warmth, peace, joy and salvation. He is pleasure and purity personified, glorious and creative. God is everything Man’s soul was created for.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.Psalm 16:11
Hell is the absence of Joy, Pleasure and God’s Presence.
I understand some of us are still growing and perplexed about the role of Hell in God’s creation. But God is a good Father and His judgements are good, regardless of how our minds or the world may see it.
Let God be true and every man a liarRomans 3:4
The soul of man cannot fully comprehend God hence we need to keep growing until we see like Jesus sees. When we do, it becomes easy to serve God lovingly not grudgingly.
When we become like Jesus, we will be able to fully comprehend God’s will without pretence or doubts in our hearts.
No wonder Jesus was so eager to please God the father and felt the cross was worth it because he saw the joy ahead waiting for him after finishing his race.-Hebrews 12:2
God is life! Don’t let any man or theory deceive you into thinking Hell is some cool place with celebrities and exciting stuff. It is filled with despair and hopelessness. It’s like a junkyard where they forget people.
It’s depressing. It was made for Satan and his cohorts. So when the demons see humans there, they throw a torture welcome party that a man was foolish enough to despise God and choose hell.
It’s like choosing sandcastles at the beach over a well furnished five bedroom house in your dream country.
Not comparable to heaven and hell, but you get the point.
Because God is love, I will go to heaven regardless of my choice and actions
I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen this false gospel flying around. It’s like telling someone to do any exam or try anything they like and they’ll get into Harvard or immigrate to their dream country.
Such a person would fail big time!
If on Earth, men filter who and what enters their country or school by setting boundaries, how much more God?
Jesus is the only way to God and our being conformed into Christ’s image is our value, currency and DESTINY
I know this might offend some people, but there aren’t many ways to God. Jesus is the only way, and he established a pattern of life for the people who want to love God.
They must depart from iniquity by obeying the Holy-Spirit, not do as they like2 Timothy 2:19 Paraphrased
Other gods don’t promise an afterlife to those who pledge their lives to them. Those other gods did not show their love by sending their beloved son to die for the world.
The God I chose to pledge myself to showed me love, accepted me the way I was but won’t relent till he gives me a golden heart and a beautiful afterlife.
And this is as sure as the dawn for me.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of God being love. God isn’t going to let down his standard for anyone but hopes we rise up to meet his.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.Romans 10:9
Bloom with love. Xx!