Church of the Nazarene
Burning Questions: Would a Loving God Really Send Someone to Hell?
What we believe about ETERNITY impacts how we live TODAY.
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Why this question specifically?
-There are a growing number of influential leaders who have famously argued against even the existence of Hell.
-The growth of universalism – which argues that everyone goes to Heaven - states that because God is love, Hell is only make believe. It is used to scare us into being good, but no one will actually end up there.
-We love the idea of grace and extravagant love, and have trouble reconciling a God who would allow anyone to suffer eternally.
There are over 162 references in the New Testament alone which warns of hell. Over 70 of these references were uttered by Jesus himself

It’s difficult to ignore:
-Matthew 10:28: "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."
-Matthew 23:33: “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?”
-Matthew 25:41: "Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.' "
-Luke 13:28: “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.”
-Luke 16:23: "In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side."
-The point of this parable of Jesus is to pay close attention to your ETERNAL status and not necessarily your EARTHLY status.
Why would a loving God SEND someone to hell?
-Biblically, Hell is a choice. It’s YOUR choice and mine.
-A choice that people are allowed to make.
-God doesn’t WANT anyone to perish (John 3:16), but He grants people the freedom to reject him.
-Biblically, Hell is a choice – a choice to reject Heaven.
Two of the scariest lies in our world right now:

LIE #1: We are all good people
-Romans 3:9-12 - “there is no one righteousness"
-Romans 3:23 “all have sinned and fallen short of His glory”

LIE #2 God would never punish me
-He is a God of truth & grace. He is a God of love AND a God of justice.
-Revelation 20 - “each person was judged according to what they had done."
There's an equally important question we MUST answer today.

The important question as regards to the reality of Hell is:
What are we doing about it?
What we believe about ETERNITY impacts how we live TODAY.

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