No, it is not what you are thinking.
In the segment of the show I watched, there were testimonies of people who had near death experiences and some went to hell.
So I started to think, and now I have a question that there is no easy answer too. Here are my thoughts, and the question.
God has called us by the power of the Holy Spirit to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, go the extra mile, turn the other cheek, forgive as we have been forgiven, think of others as better than ourselves, love our neighbor as we love ourselves, give away our lives for the lives of others, to bless others, not to judge others. These things are the marks of a Christian and of course unconditional love is at the core of it all. Why? because God is love and we are to reflect his love in the cultures we have been placed.
So now here is my question…
If God instructs us to show this love to the world around us without reservation, and the center of His Triune Being is love, how can He “send people” to an eternal hell? It seems to go against His nature and it seems to go against what He is expecting us to do.
“God doesn’t send anyone to hell, people choose to go there by not believing in Jesus!”
“God is Holy and Righteous and must punish sin.”
Here are my reflections on those.
On the first objection…If you believe God created everything and everyone, then He created some people for hell. They did not choose to go there, God knew from eternity past that after they were born, they would reject Jesus and end up in hell. But he created them anyway. They were destined for hell. Which of course brings us to another question that I will not answer here. What about the billions of people who have never, ever heard of Jesus?
The second objection, that God is holy and righteous is true. He is, and even far more than we can imagine. But according to one interpretation of Christian theology, God dealt with the sin issue at the cross by pouring out His wrath and judgement on Jesus, once for all. God does have the right to judge, there is no debate from me there, but the sacrifice of Jesus satisfied that. So then three questions arise. Was Jesus’ death enough for God or do we have to believe it was enough for God so we don’t go to hell? And the second question, If we are commanded to reflect in some small way the nature of God to those around us then shouldn’t being judgmental, angry and hateful be part of that reflection and why would God tell us to love unconditionally and extend grace lavishly if in reality the Westboro Baptist Church would be a truer reflection of God’s nature? And finally, why would God tell us to live in a way that denies his full nature, and tell us to live in a way that He does not model.
These questions trouble me.