Posted by Administrator on Sunday, April 21, 2013 Under: Bible Teachings
According to the Bible, God is compassionate, gracious slow to anger and abounding in love:
But thou, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
(Psa 86:15; 103:8)
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life (Jn 3:16)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (Jn 15:13)
But He is also a HOLY and a JUST God. Therefore, a HOLY and RIGHTEOUS God cannot let sin go unpunished.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 6:23)
Sin grieves the heart of God but seeing men and women choose to follow the devil into hell grieves His precious heart even more.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (Gen 6: 5, 6)
Say unto them, as I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked... (Eze 33:11)
And that’s why God the Father sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins in our place so that we will not be punished. However, this Free Gift of Salvation is only for those who ‘confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in his or her heart that God has raised Him from the dead’. (Roman 10:9)
By the way, it is not God’s will or intention for anyone to perish in hell.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ( 2 Pe 3:9)
In fact, hell was originally created not for humanity but for the devil and his wicked angels who rebelled against God.
Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt 25:41).
So it’s not God’s fault if men and women are stubborn and refuse to REPENT of their unbelief. Our loving God has done everything He possibly can to keep mankind out of Hell and still leave him or her as a person with free will to say “yes” or to say “no,” to the truth.
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2Th 2:10)
And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. (Jn 3:19)
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