Why Did God Make Billions of People Only For Them to End Up in Hell?
[The members who] sin rebuke before all, [so] that others too [may] have fear.
1 Timothy 5:20
I sometimes feel sad thinking of the astounding amount of people who will end up in Hell, humans, angels, possibly aliens, and perhaps some animals. The number of people in Hell will consist of entire nations from ancient times to modern, in some cases, without even a single person spared among the nations many millions. The terrifyingly large number includes 1000 years of births on Earth’s history, wiped out by a worldwide flood. And even after that for thousands of years after, perhaps not more than a few million were spared. Even after the gospel started to become widely known among non-Jews, it seems that only a few million had been saved over the decades, I guess about 10,000,000 people, but Pagan-Catholic Rome seemed to have murdered nearly all of them, except maybe a few hundred, or even less than that, reducing them to a number so small, that the true gospel was not mentioned in history for hundreds of years after. Why would God allow this to happen? It seems pointless to us who are sinful. One reason I always knew was probably why, was so that no one throughout history could claim that God had hidden alternative ways to “perfection” or that he hadn’t given them a chance to find some fault with him, or that he’d always been in their faces tormenting them everyday with his Law or word and also hindering any supposed progress in defeating him that way. Ultimately though no one can live apart from God as he sustains all and determines what people will think via their heart and external stimuli, but God has allowed billions great breathing room aside from all that, to see if they could succeed without him, allowing them to try every type of possible religion and philosophy. Someone might argue that man was about to defeat God, that he had found a way when they were constructing the Tower of Babel, but that God cheated and prevented us from progressing further. But God can’t cheat, since he didn’t make life to be some game in which he can be defeated and he never said he’d allow anyone to defeat him or become his equal.
Who knows what it was God saw could happen if the Tower builders were allowed to build unhindered. Whatever was going to happen, He prevented it. Aside from that failed course, millions can see that other countless ways apart from God can’t succeed either. It seems that what would have happened at the Tower of Babel, was an eventual progression using technological means at being able to transform our material bodies into fully spiritual immortal ones, and eventually learning how to do anything, including become equal to God in power and wisdom. But God stopped us, and forced us to explore other ways. Someone might argue that that is pointless, to have us explore failed ways, if there was a possible way to succeed, but that God stopped it. Another reason would be that God didn’t want anyone to be able to say that he could be defeated by the so called “collective consciousness (will power)” of the many and therefore only allowed a few million people to rebel against him, because a billion or more could overpower him. Clearly though, many billions can’t overpower God. And this massive very long demonstration shows God is true when he says that he cannot be defeated. Seeing him prove himself true gets rid of any doubt to those he will save, has saved, and will one day be proven to those who hate him, and for all time to those he has saved, by blotting out their names from his book of life, and locking them in Hell forever.
All this by the way, shows that religions which teach that we can become equal to God, are false religions, and that would include the Mormon religion.
Despite knowing all this, some might still think it pointless, since all God had to do to show he couldn’t be defeated, was to allow everything to go along perfectly forever and prevent evil from ever happening and to then declare at some point, “Has anyone ever disobeyed me after hundreds of trillions of years?” or to remove us from time so that there is no future, just an eternal present, at in that state be aware forever that nothing bad will ever happen. The solution is that God had desired a greater glory, greater fame, greater reverence, one that could not have been achieved if he made the universe “simple” like that. So he introduced extreme complexity for himself to work with by allowing extreme evil and madness, the virtual opposite of himself: a lying “god” like Satan, and not just one Satan, but many virtual versions of him in the form of other disobedient angels, and showing that he could defeat this seemingly unbeatable madness with ease in many ways, both physically, and spiritually, including through his spiritual word.
An ancient Roman knew, as many others probably did, why some were allowed and caused to suffer greatly:
“Whenever we crucify criminals, very crowded highways are chosen, so that many shall see it and may be moved by fear of it, because all punishment does not pertain so much to revenge as to example.” – Quintillian
A simpler and clearer explanation of what Quintillian said, and meant,
We punish those who do wrong in front of an extremely large amount of people so that they will all be too afraid to do what is wrong. So not all punishment that exists is simply about revenge, but it is also to prevent harm to others by showing the harm that is done by disobeying their king.
Quintilian (born ca. 35, died ca. 99), also known as Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, was born at Calagurris in Spain, the son of a rhetorician. He studied mainly in Rome, under the orator Domitius After and perhaps the great grammarian Remmius Palaemon, among others. He then went back to Spain, probably as a teacher in his hometown, and returned to Rome in 68, the only certain date in his life. As a teacher of rhetoric, he became wealthy and famous from his lectures and was also an advocate in the law courts. Under the emperor Vespasian he was made a professor of rhetoric with a salary from the state. Among his pupils was Pliny the Younger.
At some time, probably in the early 80s, Quintilian married a very young woman. She died at the age of 18, after giving birth to two sons, who soon died as well. After 20 years of teaching, perhaps in 90, Quintilian retired and devoted himself to writing. Sometime after this, but before Domitian’s death in 96, Quintilian was appointed by him as tutor to his two grandnephews; and through the influence of their father, Flavius Clemens, he received the insignia and privileges of a consul. The date of Quintilian’s death is uncertain: Pliny the Younger, writing about 100, speaks of him in terms which suggest that he was already dead.
Only one work of Quintilian’s has been preserved, the Institutio oratoria (On the Education of an Orator) in 12 books, composed about 92-96, the distillation of his long and successful career as a teacher. It treats of the education of an orator, beginning with the most elementary education. Book 1 sets the tone of the whole collection: it is moderate and practical, based on long experience with the actual behavior and psychology of children… – adapted source