How Can Loving God Punish Sinners
Look at the often asked question about God.
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!
IV. Why Not Ask Satan the Same Question
We are upset that God punish those who hate Him. so what about Satan. You serve one master or the other. You reject God, and you embrace the world. Satan is prince of the power of the air in this world.
the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
Anger is directed towards God, but Satan gets a pass. Is Satan loving then? Well, this question directed at God ignores Satan. It purposefully ignores the hatred of Satan. Satan is a liar, and there is no love in him. He is the worse back stabber you can imagine. Rev. 12:10-11
the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
On one hand, Satan stirrs up anger by accusing God for being inconsistent based on a simplistic argument. In a turn about-face, he accuse us in front of God day and night so God would send us to hell.
Does Satan punish people? That is a question that doesn’t even need to be asked. This is what Satan does when the fifth angel sounds in Revelation.
Then from the smoke came vlocusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told wnot to harm xthe grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have ythe seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were allowed to torment them zfor five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone. 6 And in those days apeople will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.
You reject God and embrace the world. You have just made a tremendous blunder. Satan do not only punish or kill, that would be too easy. He tortures his own people. The people of the world who live according to Satan are tortured by Satan in the end. These scorpions from hell stings them. They want to die and cannot die. This has got to be the most effective torture chamber in history. Why is there no anger directed at Satan? Why do we instead embrace the wicked one who is the deceiver?
V. Reverse the Question
Let’s change the question back to us. We say God does not exist because He sends people to Hell. What if God sends everyone to heaven. Imagine, God put us in the world to give us a foretaste of what great things are to come. The greatest pleasure we have now just pales in comparison to what is waiting for us in heaven. It will be endless pleasure. Remember is God who created the pleasure of sex. The world just took credit for it.
You make known to me cthe path of life;
in your presence there is dfullness of joy;
at your right hand are epleasures forevermore.
If God can give us the pleasure of sex now, what greater pleasure will He give us in heaven. As the psalmist said, there is endless pleasure waiting for us in heaven. God’s eternal love will not hold anything back. You just kick back and bask in this joy and pleasure.
So back to the question. If we live anyway we want here on earth, and heaven is just going to get better, would you believe there is God? There are several ways to answer it. The most grudging way is I still will not believe in God, but I will accept whatever He gives. That would certainly be the most ungrateful way to answer. Almost embarressingly ungrateful. Like a rich uncle that promised you his inheritance, and you say I am not going to acknowledge you, but will take your money. You cringe at even the thought of such an answer. If you can even think that way, you have got to be a very bitter person.
Second way to answer is I don’t want it, and don’t care for it. Send me to hell instead. There is no comment to that answer. Pretty sure some people will sincerely answer like that, but let’s just skip that thought.
The third way is if God will send me to heaven, then I will believe in God. This last way is the implied answer to the question. How can a loving God send people to hell? If God only send people to heaven, then He is God.
Therefore, you only believe God if he gives you something for nothing. You live anyway you want now, and he still takes you to heaven. What you have dones is you have now set the condition for existence of God. If God does “A”, then He exist. If God does “B”, then he does not exist. Think about that for a minute. You just set yourself as a judge of God. You now are the one who determine whether God exist base on your criteria. There is not enough words to even begin to describe the arrogance of that attitude.
That attitude is that attitude of Satan. You cannot even imagine Satan’s arrogance. Satan thinks until the bitter end he can defeat God. He is going to fall, you just want to make sure you are not the poor soul who follow him to his grave because you actually have a way out.
VI. Why Not Ask the Same Question About Jesus
The same question should also be asked about Jesus Christ. God loves His son. If God so loved His own son, why did He send His Son to the earth to be tormented and killed for human’s sins?
Why did God sacrifice the son He loved? That too does not sound fair, but it is certainly to our benefit. Christ’s death allows us to be cleansed from sin, and enjoy everlasting life with God along with his endless joy and pleasure.
When you ask this question regarding Christ, you start to realize God is not hateful unlike the prince of this world. God is both love and punishment. He is merciful, but he will also withdraws His mercy. His complex nature should be of no surprise to anyone who observe all things that are created around us and in nature.
VII. Proof of God’s Existence
How do we know God exist? The answer is too obvious: by all the things that are created. Not only is it obvious God created everything around us, is obvious to the point we even know God’s character just by looking around you. Look at the sky, the tree and the birds. Just look at both your hands and your body right now. You see God’s eternal power right there. This is what Romans said:
His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, bbeing understood through what has been made,
This was true when Paul wrote the book of Romans. Since then, science has made great progress. It is still true today. Scientist looks at the DNA, and realize it is uimaginably complexity. They realize there is no way life could have originated on earth. New theory is it came from a galaxy far away long time ago. Life was carried on a space rock from a far away galaxy and hitced a ride billions of years thru space to land on earth. Of course, that just shifts the same impossible problem to another galaxy.
Simple single cell animal that lightening supposedly created like the amoeba has a DNA that consists of 670 billion base pairs. A base pair can be either A,T,G or C. Do a simple math and calculate the probability the DNA assembled itself correctly. That is 4 to the 670billion power.
Realize if we are just talking about a simple computer program that consists of 1’s and 0’s, with a program that is 300 characters long, the probability of getting that right randomly is 2^300. That number is so big it is all the particles in the known universe! Now, for a single cell amoeba, we are talking about 4 to the 670 billion power. Why are we even talking about origin of life being possible anywhere in the universe? Satan continue to push a lie. It is the work of unrighteousness men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.
Close your eyes and meditate on the name of Jesus. He is the one that reconcile you with God. This is where people start looking at the world again. Look at Jesus and don’t turn around to look at the world.
No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Yes, set your eyes on eternity and don’t you dare to look back.