How Can There be Hell When There is Jesus?
God had not created Hell
Is there a hell? If there is a heaven to reward righteousness, doesn't it follow that there be a hell as a retribution for the umpteen sins that we can and do commit?
This is the logic of the human mind, whether the mind dwells in an intellectual like you or in a simpleton like me. This is the reason that human societies have criminal justice and punishments.
We are not God and more to the point, God is not man. God simply says in Isaiah 55:8, "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways". We may be appalled by God's logic or at least resent what we can justifiably conclude as His illogical thought process but there it is.
You may yet get a chance to ask Him why he goes off on a tangent and turns a blind eye to some good and proper sins; on the other hand, pour scorn on some trivial transgressions, if you can call them that in the first place. For now, you will have to wait; wait until the Second Coming. But this is here and now.
So sin or not to sin? Why refrain from what God says is sin, but in our logical perception it is not? For instance, majority of humans do not relish hurting others. In fact, there are millions of people who would go out of their way to avoid hurting others.
Again, majority of them would not mind getting their sensory quests fulfilled, keeping always in mind, their resolve not to hurt others. Say gluttony: no one can possibly be harmed by stuffing oneself with more things than are good for one. In fact, one may end up being beneficial to one's physician! But God says gluttony is just not the done thing, it is a sin.
The strongest feeling a man can feel, even more palpable than hunger or thirst, is the sexual urge. And, gratification can be had in whatever way he desires. It is always at hand, sometimes literally. He knows he is not harming anybody in any way by indulging in some activity that is aimed only at gratification. But God says that unless it is within the boundaries of sanctified marital bonds, it is a sin. There is no point in arguing that you have not caused any harm to any one.
We have seen how two of the cardinal sins do not necessarily concern anyone else except the one who commits them. But God says they are sins.
So, if God is so categorical in branding what is sin, won't you expect that the sin be taken note of by Him and He award a suitable punishment to one committing it? If not at the time the sin is committed, at least at the Second Coming?
Do not be surprised but there will not be any reprisal now or ever. This is because God is fair. God can not be sadistic, for, only someone who would fit that description and who has the power, will think up something that fits the description of hell.
Isn't God full of love and mercy(Acts 17:31)? The way the people of Israel sinned with no restraint in itself was more than sufficient reason for God to completely abandon them. If you add the callous way they rejected Jesus who came down to earth to save them, their cup of woe should be overflowing. Yet, what do we see? The nation of Israel has been rebuilt after three millennia and the Jews are some of the most powerful people on the Earth right now. Some will say the present day Israel does not contain those people who disobeyed God. Please read on....
God has been thoughtful and kind enough to us in that he has given us a way out. We can repent. No matter how horrendous your sin is, if you repent whole-heartedly, God will forgive you.
But this does not really answer the core argument. What if someone does not repent until the day he dies? What will God do with him? Even he will not be packed off to hell. Because there is no hell. God had not created hell.
For, he created Jesus and Jesus has saved us. Every man, woman and child born since Adam and every man, woman and child who will be born henceforth are all covered by Jesus' sacrifice.
Does that give you a license to sin? No, if you think that it does, you have not understood God one bit.
Have you pondered over how Jesus sacrificing his life could translate into forgiveness for your sins?.............