Hell is not a human choice

In my previous post, I stated: No one goes to hell willingly. They are thrown into the lake of fire. This statement I think contradicts the prevailing sentiment of the day, which states that “All God does in the end with people is give them what they most want.” Or, everyone who goes to hell chooses to do so.

Today’s blog post will be one where I redirect you to this article: How Willingly Do People Go to Hell?

For those without the patience to read through the article, I offer you this excerpt:

…when a person chooses against God and, therefore, de facto chooses hell—or when he jokes about preferring hell with his friends over heaven with boring religious people—he does not know what he is doing. What he rejects is not the real heaven (nobody will be boring in heaven), and what he “wants” is not the real hell, but the tolerable hell of his imagination…

…What sinners want is not hell but sin. That hell is the inevitable consequence of unforgiven sin does not make the consequence desirable. It is not what people want—certainly not what they “most want.” Wanting sin is no more equal to wanting hell than wanting chocolate is equal to wanting obesity. Or wanting cigarettes is equal to wanting cancer…

Lastly, I wish to point out that, as far as Jesus is concerned, hell is not a point of intellectual debate, but it is a reality we must tremble before. We tremble because the Bible is explicit that hell is not a human choice. Sin is the unwilling choice we make, of which hell is the natural consequence. But the Bible is also explicit that God makes a conscious choice with regard to hell, not as some sadistic dictator, but as a loving king. The choice he made was this: to send his Son to take our place that we may escape the judgment to come. And by choosing to do so, we are given a real choice in life – Christ.


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