Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Does God's love make hell impossible?

I'm sure many of us have heard the same objection: "How could a loving God send anyone to hell?" Recently I was given a similar challenge and here was my brief response:
John, I agree, God IS love. But I think all of us agree and understand that God doesn't love everything in the same way. Jesus said that God values us more than the sparrows.

God's love for humanity is greater than His love for the sparrows.

And God the Father's love for his Son is greater than his love for humanity. So when a conflict arises between that which God loves (love for His Son and love for humanity), it is not only just but loving for God to defend the glory of the Son over and against rebellious humans.

God does not love humanity to the dismissal, disdain, and neglect of His love for the Son. The Father's love for the Son and his glory trumps all (and vice versa). I would hate to live in a world where it was otherwise.


Anonymous said...

But why does God's concern for His Son's glory result in the damnation of rebellious human beings rather than their conversion? It is the glory of a king to conquer his enemies, but an even greater glory to turn them into his friends.

Jared Totten said...


I agree, the conversion of rebellious human beings results in the glory of the Son. However, I would like to see further argumentation as to whether it is a "greater glory". I'm inclined to agree, but I'd like to see more.

After all, God chose to save and redeem none of the fallen angels, and yet we understand and see the glory of God in his righteous defeat and judgment of them without exception.

The question I feel you are centrally asking is, why does God save some and not others? Or why does God save some and not all? I am inclined to answer as R.C. Sproul has: "I don't know".