The Myth From Hell: God Loves Everyone
How many years longer will Christians, even saved ones, keep teaching that God loves everyone? It confuses the world and they use that teaching as a reason not to believe the Bible, saying that it’s a contradiction, because if God loved everyone, how could he send anyone to Hell? Here is an example of such an argument:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtmwrQoKvYKtTvz4B3noP.YjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20060712204909AAF6zUe (a double straw man question)
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As09T8yxAKla2JS0c10ePK4jzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20090329213918AAngQ6m (a double straw man question)
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Asz4e1WZIFdB9nrg3.FxtoojzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20070312083134AApxSYU (a partially nonsensical question)
http://answers.yahoo.com/my/profile;_ylt=Avsh16PMv7L8x_tGw8M1kYwjzKIX;_ylv=3?show=nDU84BkTaa (a typically dumb atheist’s stereotype-all-Christians-as-being-as-stupid-as-atheists question)
That’s all the questions I could find looking through the first 13 pages on God supposedly loving people he sends to Hell.
(And by the way notice how the Yahoo Anwers moderators pay so little attention that they don’t remove the redundant questions and that the atheists and anti-Christians, especially the long time members, could care less about the rules being broken, and are content to harass Christians repeatedly by letting redundant questions against Christians remain after being posted.)
The Bible doesn’t teach that God loves everyone, it’s a Catholic myth, and a lie taught by other false Christians mainly, including Episcopalians and Universalists. See if you can do the math:
"In hell, where [the rich man] was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’" – Jesus
Though Jesus seemingly said that it was impossible for that rich man to be in God’s presence, Paul said,
"I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." – apostle Paul
If you believe the Bible is God’s word, and that Jesus is God, and that God can’t lie, and that like humans, God uses riddles at times, then no, those two passages from the Bible arn’t contradicting each other. The Bible teaches God is omnipresent (and all powerful):
"If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there." – Psalm 139:8
But if God is able to cross over into Hell so to speak, the and if God has infinite power, then what did Jesus mean? He clearly meant the man couldn’t be rescued, and it is clear that God loves those whom he has rescued from Hell and will never stop loving them. Doing the math correctly shows that God must not love those who are going to Hell, and that it’s his love that isn’t present. God’s wrath is also related to Hell, which Jesus said was a place where people would be dead yet able to feel pain and sorrow, and where they would be salted with fire:
"For a fire has been kindled by my wrath, one that burns to the realm of death below." – Deuteronomy 32:22
So, Hell is a place of God’s hatred according to Scripture, and not love.
And if you aren’t able to do the math, then read the plain, and nearly plain answers from Scripture itself:
"You hate all who do wrong." – Psalm 5:5
There are six things Yahweh hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. – Proverbs 6:16-19
"Yahweh passes the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates." – Psalm 11:5
Some might argue, or wonder, "If ‘God is love’ as the Bible says, then how can he hate anyone?" In other words, that God can’t hate anyone if he is "so loving" or is literally love. The argument implies that if God is love or "so loving" that he then can’t hate, and if he can’t hate, then he can’t hate anyone. Ironically some of those people who argue or wonder that teach that God hates sin or that if he hates anything it would be doing evil (though people who hate God have a warped version of what evil is). Clearly God hates sin according to the Bible, so then those who trust the Bible to be perfect (in it’s originally worded form) are contradicting themselves if they argue that God hates sin, yet can’t hate anything let alone humans if he is love. Either he can hate, or he can’t. The other false implication of the "God can’t hate" argument is that hate is a bad thing, butit’s God who decides what is bad, and he never said hate was a bad thing if it came from him or someone who is saved. He does clearly condemn unjust hate or love that is misplaced, like love for breaking his laws, or romantic love for an animal or someone of the same sex.
Third, God isn’t an emotion, emotions arn’t alive, so then it is reasonable to say that God was using a figure of speech. God describes himself as love because he doesn’t let a person who does wrong go unpunished (unless they had someone perfectly obedient to suffer the punishment for them, like Jesus). He also doesn’t send everyone who disobeys him to Hell right away, often he gives people plenty of time to learn the truth about the world and to repent. Would God be love if he let criminals sin forever or experience unhindered pleasure forever? Further, God perfectly loves justice, he doesn’t love injustice at all and will never praise anyone for doing moral wrong, in that way he can be thought of as love. On top of that, he allowed part of himself to perfectly obey his own laws in the place of those who hated him and didn’t love him at all, suffer for them, shed his blood for them, be wounded repeatedly for them, and to be executed in their place as well, and it wasn’t just for one person who only broke a few of his least important laws, but for millions of people, some who were extremely evil and who had murdered those who loved him and murdered them because they loved him. Not only that, at least 2000 years after demonstrating such great love, the world in general still hates him and twists his words. Yet God increased his mercy to the world, and didn’t diminish it, continuing to teach that we should love our enemies and forgive them if we want to be loved and forgiven by him, and there is still no sign of him no longer saving anyone from Hell even after 2000 years have passed. Truly, God is love.