How could God simultaneously be a God of love and set up a system per Matthew 7:13-14 in which the majority of us go to eternal punishment?
In my view this is the strongest objection to Christianity and one that I at times find persuasive, despite the many arguments for the faith.
- PubliusLv 75 months ago
"Eternal punishment" doesn't mean that the punishment lasts forever, dear one. Two of God's names are Endless and Eternal. So Endless punishment is simply God's punishment, not punishment that lasts forever.
Rev. 20:12-14 shows that death and hell must both be emptied and destroyed so that the resurrections and final judgment can take place. There is only finite punishment for finite sin. God's love, justice, and mercy are all intact.
- madelineLv 45 months ago
This scripture is speaking of two roads that we can take, it is a symbolic road. When Jesus spoke of a broad and spacious road leading into distraction, he was speaking of a path that you take if you decide to do things that you know are wrong. This is where you reap what you sow. The reason why it's a broad and spacious road is because so many people decide to do things against what the Almighty God has asked of us, and they rather do their own thing. The narrow road symbolizes that only a few are willing to do what's right in God's eye's. When we make wrong decisions in our lives we have to reap what we sow, when we make right decisions in our lives we also reap what we sow, but we reap for the good. The Almighty God does not make anyone suffer in torment after death. The Bible mentions that when we die, we are in a deep sleep not conscience of anything at all. ( Ecclesiastes 9:5) So you are right, a loving God would not allow us to suffer in torment forever.
If you would like to learn more about the Almighty God, and what his purpose for mankind is, I would like to invite you to this website. When you get to the website go to the search bar and put in, " Who is God" there you will fine Bible-based publications that you can read along with your personal copy of the Bible. You can also request a free home Bible study, which will help you to understand the Bible when you are reading it. You can also request a online bible study if you are on able to have a home Bible study. Please enjoy this website it really has a lot to offer you and your family. www.jw.orgSource(s): www.jw.org
- MalcolmLv 65 months ago
For a more comprehensive approach: Acts 4:12, Hebrews 5:9, John 3:18, John 8:24.
- BJLv 75 months ago
Describing God’s authority over individuals and nations in an illustrative way, Isaiah 64:8 states: O God, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are our Potter; and all of us are the work of your hand.
A potter has full authority to mold the clay into the type of vessel he wants to make.
The clay has no control over the matter. So it is with man and God.
The man cannot rightly dispute with God any more than the clay can with the potter whose hands are giving it a form.
- What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
- yesmarLv 75 months ago
Good question. He wouldn't, in fact he couldn't. Something in that strange equation is symbolism and hyperbole and...it's not the "love" part.Source(s): Jesus follower
- 5 months ago
There are many doctrines that are common in Christiandom that are not correct, though you will have to test them for yourself.
1) It wasn't God's intention for things to go this way. He didn't foresee Satan's rebellion. God knows a lot, but He doesn't know everything in an absolute sense. He reads someone's life all at once, but He doesn't know someone's choices till after He has created them.
2) The wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). It isn't that God wants them to have eternal punishment. In fact the Bible says just the opposite is so in 2 Peter 3:9. He is already fighting the consequences of sin just so creation can go on. Do you really expect Him to do it for forever?
3) Realize that 'eternal punishment' isn't torture but annihilation. Eternal life comes via Holy Spirit (John 6:63) and belief in Jesus (John 3:16). I highly recommend you study this topic for yourself. Part of that is reading the second half of Revelation.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 75 months ago
The "few" that find the narrow gate and road that leads to eternal life are described in Revelation 7 as "a great crowd that no man could number, out of every nation, tribe, people and language." They are in Heaven saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb" [Jesus Christ.]
The people who are saved are a vast crowd, too great for humans to number. God knows their number, but humans cannot number them. Perhaps you need to pick up on the time in history when Jesus made that statement in Matthew 7, and to whom He was speaking?
He addressed Jewish people, warning them of hypocrisy and the need to trust God for giving good gifts to His children, and that God's children need to do good things to others themselves. Then comes the warning about the gate to eternal life being narrow. Jesus knew that most Jewish people then were not even looking for that gate because they already thought they were 'sorted' and were on the road to life, simply by virtue of being Jews in the Mosaic covenant. Jesus came to disabuse them of such unwarranted confidence. He then went on to warn about false prophets who produce bad 'fruit' in their midst; that many who claimed to do great works in God's name would be disowned by Him on the Day of Judgment as not having done God's will at all. And so on.
Take those verses in context and then learn from the Bible how, from very small Jewish beginnings, God called out a people who would include Gentiles from every nation, to join the Jewish believers so that by the conclusion of the matter, a vast crowd would be in Heaven, living forever. Jesus spoke of the former as being His 'little flock' and the latter as being His 'other sheep' which He would join to the little flock, to be one flock with Him as their Shepherd.
The love of God is shown in saving any of us from what our sinful rebellion against Him deserves. God could just leave all us rebels to stew in our own juice. He is not obliged to save anybody. Yet He has determined to do that - saving untold billions. He has done for us, in Christ, what we could never do to escape the quagmire of our sin. "At just the right time, while we were powerless, Christ died for the ungodly... God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:6-8)
- Freedom RocksLv 65 months ago
The people who wrote the Bible had very limited knowledge of universal law.
- Anonymous5 months ago
Evil really does exist, and we are under the domain of Satan. Satan is now the "god" of this world.
How did this happen? This happened when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and fell into sin. And God cursed this earth. Satan and one third of the angels rebelled, and were thrown out of heaven. And now they live on this earth.
And the “god” of this world, meaning Satan, does not care about starving children anywhere. We are living under the curse of sin. We live in a bad and hostile world. The elements are hostile. The people (many of them) are hostile. And someday, this curse is going to be lifted. And Jesus will return to take back the earth. That will happen after the Tribulation.
But for now, sin is allowed to run free. Not totally free, because God has placed some limitations on what demons can do, but there are still plenty of “bad things” to go around.
- - - - - - -
In case you haven't figured it out yet, we are living in what could be called a giant "object lesson." We are experiencing first hand what it is like to live under the curse of sin. This sin is a result of the rebellion against God. It was God who cursed this earth, and that changed everything. So get used to it. ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT GOD IS TRYING TO TEACH YOU?
And when God removes the curse of sin, you will experience the CONTRAST, and it will be overwhelming.
Why is God doing this? While we cannot fully comprehend the mind of God, some have speculated that God is allowing sin to run its course. And that sin will eventually just “burn out.”
Ultimately, we are all being tested. Do you want to be good? Or do you want to be bad?
Do you want to be the boss of your life, and do whatever you want to do?
Or are you willing to obey God, and avoid sin, and make Jesus the Lord of your life?
This is like a test. You are being tested. We are all being tested.
And there are consequences.
Your question implies how could a loving God condemn people to eternal hell? Because God is not only a God of love, but a just God. And God can do this because he is God, the ultimate authority in the universe.
Besides, if you want to be bad, then we do not want you in Heaven. And neither does God want you in heaven if you are evil. Heaven will be full of really good people. That is the way God designed it.
- MaryBlueLv 75 months ago
SIN sends people to hell. To AVOID ending up the there, accept Jesus into your heart and do God's will. Jesus sets us FREE. He's our ONLY Saviour. Amen.