A Better Question

The above photo is from a Facebook post that someone put up. It’s a common topic of debate within church circles, and the responses to it in this thread were again, no different. At my last look, the response count was at 312. Who knows what it’s up to now?

The debate is always the same. One party says that God hates those that He sends to hell, while the other party says that God doesn’t hate anyone, but that He just “loves less” the ones that He sends to hell. I get the sentiment, but quite honestly, I’m not even sure why this subject is even debated. I mean, in what way is God even glorified by it? Is God going to somehow be perceived as being better, just because someone from the “loves less” side manages to convince the opposing party in the debate that God doesn’t actually hate anyone, but that He just loves some people less? I guess that’s possible, but in the end people are still going to hell, so there must be a better question to ask. The better question is…

Do those who go to hell… love God?

Why is this a better question?

Because, no one who actually loves God goes to hell, and this is what we (Christians) really need to get across to people. The point is, this debate doesn’t change anything regarding those who hate God. If they instead loved God, they wouldn’t be in hell…

John 14:23 (ESV)
“Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.'”

Since God does not make His home where He is not loved, why are we even debating whether those in hell are either hated or “loved less” by Him? Either way, God doesn’t dwell with those who hate Him. He makes His home with those who love Him, those who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior…

1 John 2:21-25 (ESV)
“I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.”

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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