Here’s a second post from Dan Pence, retired pastor who often teaches at our church
Why does god condemn all to hell if they don’t accept him. How can good people be cast in with those who are so obviously evil.
The solution is found as we start to grasp the perfect holiness and love of God.
God is equally holy and love. Romans 11:22 refers to the “kindness and severity”
Part of the meaning of “holy” is “to be separate – cut out.” God is separate from
anything sinful or in conflict with his character. He does not tolerate sin, disobedience
and rebellion against his authority. Sin is counter to who God is.
“God is Love.” (1 John 4:8) That is the other side of God’s perfect being. His love
is self-giving and leads him to do what will lead to our well-being and holiness.
We struggle with this concept because we have no experience with perfect
holiness and love apart from God.
The Bible is clear. Romans 3:23 states that “all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God,…” None of us is “good” in comparison to God’s character and desire for
us. We are only good in comparison to each other. In reality, some are better than
others but none of us is holy as a result of our own good works. Our sin separates us
from God. We are saved by God’s grace and love. We can be “justified freely by his
grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24) We gain
access to God’s grace through faith in Jesus’ power to save us by his death and
People condemned to hell have rejected the salvation that is offered through Jesus
Christ – the only one who can save any of us. (Acts 4:12) Judgment and condemnation
to hell is not a whimsical move on God’s part. It is the natural expression of his
holiness because some have rejected his love.
Salvation centers on our continuing belief in, love for and obedience to Jesus
Christ. It is this relationship with God’s son that is crucial and can turn us all into “good
people” in God’s eyes.