Friday, June 21, 2019

Myths About Hell

Paraphrased below are some common statements of Bible skeptics, atheists, and people in general on the Internet regarding Hell. 1) “If God would throw somebody into Hell for not worshiping Him, He is, therefore, a tyrannical God, and I would rather go to Hell than worshiping a tyrannical God.” 2) “I reject the existence of any God who would throw “good” people into Hell.” 3) “If God existed, He would not throw anybody into Hell.” 4) “Why would an all-knowing God create people knowing that they are going to reject Him and cast people into Hell for it anyway?”

This is not a comprehensive list of statements regarding the subject of Hell, but I think my answers will serve as a start to increase the knowledge of some people. It appears that many people don’t take bible scripture into consideration when forming a belief about God and Hell — but many people do. If one is going to use Bible scripture to make a decision about God and Hell, then he/she should at least learn a correct interpretation of the scripture. My assertions herein are not based on any church denominations or known cults — as with all my blogs, they are based on none other than an objective study of what the bible says.

“If God would throw somebody into Hell for not worshiping Him, He is, therefore, a tyrannical God, and I would rather go to Hell than worshiping a tyrannical God.” If the God of the Bible is really like that, then I wouldn’t want to worship him either. However, the way of avoiding Hell doesn’t have anything to do with the worship of God — the issue we have with God is our SIN. When interpreting the bible objectively using sufficient context, the only way to avoid Hell is by accepting God's provision for sin. God’s provision for our sin and worshiping God are completely different things. . Genuine worship of God generally comes following an individual’s acceptance of God’s provision, and, its motive is thankfulness — furthermore, there are no standards or right or wrong ways of doing it. The specifics of God’s provision for sin is not in the scope of this blog, but they can be read on my comprehensive blog if interested at this point.

“I reject the existence of any God who would throw ‘good’ people into Hell.” Our definition of “good” and God’s definition of “good” are completely different things. This is not a comprehensive explanation and a more thorough explanation can be read by reading the blog via my link above. However, consider the Ten Commandments given in the bible. They were not given as a way wherein if we follow them, entry into Heaven will be gained, avoiding Hell. The Ten Commandments were given by God to REVEAL the sinful nature of people — in order to drive people to God's provision for sin. Consider the commandment, “Thou shall not lie.” Most people have told lies. So by God’s standard, we are liars. Consider, “Thou shall not steal.” Most people have stolen, even if the stolen object was “small.” So by God’s standard, we are also thieves. Consider, “Thou shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Most people have used God’s name as a cuss word or other nonconstructive form — God calls this “blasphemy.” So by God’s standard, we are also blasphemers. Given only three of the Ten Commandments, and having broken them, when we stand before God to give an account of our lives one day we would be guilty. To reiterate — God’s definition of “good and our definition of “good” are very different things. Since it’s impossible for humans to never break one or more of the ten commandments, God sent Jesus to take the punishment we deserve.

“If God existed, he would not throw anybody into Hell.” I don’t think addressing this statement requires a great deal of bible interpretation or use of bible scripture. The statement clearly implies that those who hold to this ideology possess a perception of a God that is not based on what the Holy Bible teaches. The bible clearly and in various places states that rejection of God and his provision for sin will result in eternal separation from Him — this is what the Bible calls “Hell.” The quoted perception of God is based on either imaginary or false tales of who God is — not what the bible says — although there are denominations and cults today that serve and sell otherwise. In the book of Revelation 20:11-15, in the Bible, it says “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. From His face the earth and the heavens fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. Books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to their works as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one by his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” This event that will take place is the final judgment of God for those who reject God’s provision for sin. For those who reject Christ, every single thing that God considers bad will be judged, and offenders will pay for it themselves.

“Why would an all-knowing God create people knowing that they are going to reject Him and cast people into Hell for it anyway?” This is a hard question to address, but this is my best shot. Somehow, God possesses the wisdom and knowledge to know who is going to accept him and who will not. Nevertheless, God gives men the free will to choose. Nowhere in the bible does it say that God WANTS people in Hell — if God wanted people in Hell, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus Christ to die for our sin. Provision for sin was given even before the time of Christ which is fairly addressed in the link I provided above. People choose to reject God and his provision for sin. Furthermore, if sufficient context is used, the Bible portrays God to be one who is perfect in all his ways — His knowledge, wisdom, and judgment are perfect. “He is the Rock; His work is perfect; for all His ways are just. He is a God of faithfulness and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.”(Deuteronomy 32:4-5)