The question is asked in many different ways, but the basics is the same. How can a loving God send people to hell. Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Yes, God is loving. Yes, people are rebellious. Is obvious God very much punish people who hates Him. Lastly, yes God does send people who hates Him to hell.
In case anyone tried to paint a rosy picture of a loving God who does not punish people, just wait until the book of Revelation. In the end times, people who rebell will be slaughtered by Christ with a sword coming from His mouth. A river of blood will be flowing out of the battlefield 200 miles long. These are the blood of the slain enemies of Christ. An angel then calls for all the birds to come and eat the dead bodies. So not only does God punish people, the punishment is grusome.
II. This is a Question with Undertone of Anger
The question “how can a loving God send people to hell?” is not a sincere inquiry. When you hear a question like that, you have to listen to the voice. You hear anger and outrage. We all know when a spouse ask the question “how can you love me and have relationship with another person?” You hear that tone of voice, and is time to call a marriage counselor or divorce lawyer. There is no discussion, minds were already made up. The statement is phrased as a question, but is a rethorical question. No answer will be accepted at that point.
Let say the spouse answer with honey, you know we live in a polygamous commune. Everyone one else including you already have multiple partners, but I only had one outside relationship. You know very well that answer will not be accepted by the spouse no matter how rational and just your explaination is.
When a question starts out with”how can you?”, you know what is coming next. Same with this question directed towards God. When you hear the voice and see anger and hatred towards God, you know this is not a discussion, and no answer will be accepted. Once you ask “how can you”, you have already rejected God.
I know this question also traps many Christians. That anger is sin, and is very contageous. When you hear that tone of anger, it sets up an anger in you especially when you are already spiritually weak. Insidiously, before you even know it, you already hate God. Others wonder why you suddenly dropped out.
III. How Should We be Asking the Question
If you want a honest discourse on why God put people in hell, how can you ask in a tone that is filled with reverant and humility as you should when approaching the king of the universe? For sure you would not start off with “how can you?”. You would never say that to the company president not to mention king of the universe. The question should be “does God still love those people He place in hell?” With that of course, the answer is in Romans:
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they obecame futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Rom. 1:24 Therefore sGod gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to tthe dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for ua lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, vwho is blessed forever! Amen.
God, gave up on these people, and left them to their own accord. These people are the ones who steadfastly and willfully refuse to acknowledge Him.
Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but jthe blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
When someone outright rejects the teachings of the Holy Spirit, there is no forgiveness. God does love the world and sends His son to save us, but He also shuts the door on those who blatantly rejects Him. There is indeed a situation where God terminates His love. Not a very pleasant thought!