A Universal Question?

Lately I have heard people say that they think that everyone will be saved, and they ask this question. If God is a loving God how could he condemn people to the lake of fire and eternal damnation?

There is an explanation for this thinking. It is because of the flesh. The very first thing we must understand is, God is a judicial God, and also, God cannot lie.

God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19

For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. Hebrews 6:16-18

Think about this. Most of us had parents to discipline us. To a lot of us it was more then discipline it was downright punishment. It your father or mother told you to do something or not to do something most likely there was a condition. It probably went something like this. “If you don’t stop hitting your sister, I am going to whoop your butt”. Or, “If you’re not home by eleven o’clock you’re grounded for a week”. Maybe you remember some different scenario. Anyway, what was the outcome? Outside of the few that wined and complained until your parent caved, if you didn’t do what your parent said you either got grounded or a butt whooping.

Let me ask you this. If your parents who loved you could impose a punishment for not abiding to their word, how is it that you believe that God would not?

Your parents are of flesh, they are not at all judicial and even the best of them are prone to lie and go back on their word. This is the flesh nature. However, God is judicial and cannot lie.

I am sure your parents loved you very much and so their punishments were for the most part to protect you. God loves you more than your parents ever hoped to love you. The thing is God cannot go back on His word. Once God has spoken it cannot be changed.

When God spoke to Adam in the Garden, he said, “but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." Genesis 2:17

Man’s fate was sealed. God could not change His word. So when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the punishment was imposed… It brought in death. There became a penalty for sin.

One thing we must grasp here is. God isn’t mad at us. This is a concept that is hard to understand when we compare God to our parents. If our parents gave us a condition or a command and we disobeyed they got mad and so the punishment was out of anger. That is the flesh nature. God on the other hand is love and He created us out of love and His love is unconditional. God is love. John 4:8b.

I had someone ask me once. “If God wasn’t mad at Adam and Eve for disobeying, why did He kick them out of the garden”? God wasn’t mad. In fact the reason God drove man out of the garden was because He loved man. That’s right it was an act of love. There was another tree in the garden, the tree of life. God knew that if man, after he sinned and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and then ate from the tree of life, that man would forever and for all eternity be in sin and dead. There would never again be any hope for man. Man would be condemned for all eternity.

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24

So now we know that God is judicial, He cannot lie and that He loves us. So why would He allow people to parish?

The truth is that God doesn't want anyone to parish. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Think about this. God has made a legal degree that, the wages of sin is death. So that degree has to be fulfilled. Knowing this, God because He doesn't want any of us to parish, has made a way for us not to parish. And that way is through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Here is the truth. It’s not a matter of whether its Gods will for man to parish. And it’s not a matter anymore weather man must die or not. The wage for sin is death but, that wage has already been paid. Because of the greatness of God’s love for us even though man disobeyed God, He paid the penalty for sin for us.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10. The wage has been paid. Note: The word propitiation means; the act of conciliation, an atonement.

So that leave the question. Why would God allow anyone to parish? Because man was given free will. We have a God given right to choose what we do and what we believe in. God being judicial cannot and will not impose His will onto man or take away man’s free will. God can give instruction and acknowledge His will to us through commandments and His word, the Bible. But He will not make us do anything we don’t choose or are willing to do.

The truth is if anyone parishes, is thrown into the lake of fire and is condemned for all eternity, it is not God choosing it at all. It is man’s own fault. God’s will is that none should parish and God has made a way for man not to parish through the sacrifice of His son. The deciding factor is now a choice that man has to make.

The truth is the wage of Sin has already been dealt with. So it is not God choosing to punish man for sin and condemning man to eternal damnation. God has provided a way out of that. It is whether you choose to accept what God has already provided or not. That is the deciding factor.

On the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus. Romans 2:16

God has no choice but to abide by His own word. If you receive the free gift of eternal salvation through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. You will live. God will abide by that. If you reject the gift of the sacrifice of Gods Son Jesus you will die to an eternal damnation. God will abide by that. The choice is yours.

The sad part about all of this is that some will not choose what God has freely given and, yes they will parish. But understand this, it is not Gods’ will. God doesn't want them to. God is just. He is judicial and He cannot break His own law or go back on His word. God has made a way out for us. It is up to the individual, you and me, to choose it and receive it. Believe in what God has given through His son.

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. John 5:25

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14

Don’t fall for the devils lie, that everybody will be saved. They won’t. Don’t’ fall for the lie that you will be saved and the God wouldn't condemn you to eternal damnation. God has given His word. The only way to salvation is Jesus. There is no other way.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me John 14:6.

God doesn't want you to parish. I don’t want you to parish. But the choice is up to you. Look at it like this there are two choices. One, you choose not to receive the free gift that God has given and believe in Christ Jesus, or two, you choose to accept the gift and believe. The first leads to eternal damnation, the later leads to eternal life.

Today you stand at a cross road. There is a choice in front of you. That choice will determine the outcome of your very existence for all of eternity.

If you choose to believe in Jesus please pray. Jesus, please forgive my sins for I am a sinful man/woman, I believe in you and that you came in the form of sinful man and died  and that you were resurrected as the sacrifice for my sins. I believe and  I receive you as the free gift from God. I give you my life. Amen.

If you choose to continue to believe that God won’t condemn anybody, that is you’re your choice. One thing’s for certain. At the end of it all if you make the wrong choice there will not be any second chances.