1. No one is talking about this! I love that you addressed the topic head on. We don’t want to go to hell, nor do we want our loved ones to go.. Great post!

  2. Bent on having my own way so often, I wonder why God is so patient with me.
    The free will we value and that he extends as a gift so that we can love him sincerely is the very thing that comes between us so often–even once our eternal destiny has been secured.

  3. Diane, I think you and I will have to disagree here. You may send your child to bed hungry if she refuses to eat, but would condemn her to everlasting torment in flames – forever? Without the chance of redemption? I cannot imagine a loving parent doing that, no matter what the sin of their child was. i would certainly not do that to my children and I am less mercifal and gracious than God.

    1. Yes but that was the point of the article. That God does NOT do that to us. It stresses God’s desire for us TO come to Him and not be condemned. Of course we wouldn’t do that to our children and God does not choose that for us either. He gives us the chance of redemption…Jesus. The point of those examples was to illustrate that God does not sit there and condemn us to hell. Hell is a consequence of sin without atonement or redemption. Not a choice on God’s part to punish us.
      After I give those examples I spend the majority of the article speaking about grace and mercy and redemption. I give the sinner’s prayer at the end. So it is all about mercy and grace.
      So I dont think we disagree at all.

  4. I love that you included the fact that Jesus spoke more on Hell than He did Heaven. I think that’s important.

    Pinned & tweeted.

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  5. Diane – This post was excellent. I have a particular person in my life who is struggling with this question. You have given me simple but rich words to share with this person. Thank you! Sharing and saving your post. Maree

    1. Thank you so much Maree and I am so blessed that you find it helpful. I pray this person will be receptive to your words!!

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