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Are You Predestined for Hell?

Updated on February 12, 2018
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Robert is a bondslave of Jesus, husband and father with a passion for sharing the whole truth of God.

Are you on the road to hell?

Has God predestined some people to hell?

Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Zedong. These are just a few of the most maniacal and evil men to ever live in human history. Just these four men alone are responsible for the deaths of millions upon millions of innocent men, women, and children. Few people would defend the statement that these men not only represent a magnified picture of the depravity of mankind, but would also agree that each one deserves an eternal sentence of everlasting punishment in a place the bible calls hell.

And rightly so. The accounts of their actions enflames the sense of justice inherent in each one of us. The cries of their victims demands justice for which death in this life seems incapable of fully delivering. Very few reasonable people would argue against this.

But what about the man or woman who lives a somewhat moral life by worldly and even personal standards? Those who give to charities, volunteer in the PTA, are active in their community, and may even go to church when the occasion calls for it. The bible tells us that even people who by all worldly accounts live a “good” life, if they die having not been born again by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, will spend eternity in the same place as Hitler and Stalin. Is that possible? Is that reasonable? After all, how can it be that a man or woman who tries their hardest to live a decent, moral life would be cast into a lake of never-ending fire after they die simply because they do not believe in Jesus or subscribe to the teachings of Christianity?

There are countless numbers of people who hear the good news of Jesus, His death, burial and resurrection, and yet remain unchanged and unmoved by its call to repentance and faith. How is it that a group of people can sit in a place, all sharing the same relevant background, culture, and upbringing, hear the same gospel message, and only a fraction be eternally changed and saved while the others walk away in the same lost condition? Has God predestined some people to hell, while predestinating others to heaven? Does God play favorites?

Emphatically-NO! However….there is a popular ideology within Christian circles today called Calvinism that teaches God in fact does choose some for heaven, and thus conversely has chosen the un-chosen for hell. This teaching seeks to reconcile the problem exposed by the previous question, that people can hear the same message with the result that only some are saved and others are not. (Now I will address the specifics of this teaching via its supportive bible verses along with opposition views and verses in a later post. However, for the present I want to address the common false responses and teachings that have sprung up in opposition to this question of God predestinating some for hell.)

Normally, the average person’s response (albeit wrong response) to this bemoans the apparent lack of fairness that seems inherent in this idea. After all, how can it be fair for God to choose some and not others? By what standard or on what basis does He go person to person, placing some in the saved basket and others in the lost basket? It’s as if God is walking through the produce isle at Kroger, picking the ripe, delicious fruit and putting it in His basket, while leaving the unappealing, older fruit to sit and rot. Can it be that our eternal destiny is decided so unfairly?

People who lean on this fairness argument believe and teach that God is too loving to send people to hell, unless they are Hitler and the like. After all, it seems a little excessive for me to be sent to hell over what I think amounts to petty offenses. While most will readily admit to lying, stealing, and the occasional lustful glance at another person, they will also argue that these things are not equal to more heinous crimes such as rape or murder, and thus should not receive everlasting torment in hell.

In fact, this view is growing in popularity today, as teachers and leaders continually downplay, distort and ignore the truth of hell while they concomitantly elevate the love of God. “God loves you” is the catchphrase of 21st century Christianity. Sunday after Sunday the message that God loves you just as you are and has a wonderful plan for you is trotted out in churches and echoed on televisions and so-called christian radio stations. And it’s a message that is being sopped up by a self-loving and self-centered society.

And it’s the widespread popularity and repetition of this view that has led people to stop wondering and questioning if they are predestined for or headed to hell, but rather falsely believe that they are not only predestined for heaven, but that God is the better for it. After all, He needs someone like me.

This fairness view falls short on many levels, while failing to take into account the holiness, righteousness and wrath of God. And it is only in light of these attributes that we can begin to understand that God is not fair, He is just, and in His justice He must and will punish sin. It's only under the light of this truth that we begin to understand that we are all on the road to hell, and the only way off is through faith in Jesus.

John 3:16 is a beautiful and wonderful passage of scripture that expresses the love of God. Sadly, however, many use this verse as a springboard for false teachings and false beliefs, leading gullible and undiscerning people down the road to hell. While it would be easy to recall the last sermon or teaching you heard regarding John 3:16, when was the last time you heard a sermon or teaching regarding John 3:17-21?

It's clear from these passages that every one of us is condemned already because of our sin, and if not for God's love and grace in sending His Son Jesus to die in our place, we would all remain in that lost condition, loving evil and living in darkness.

So has God predestined some to heaven and some to hell? No! But God has foreordained, or appointed, that every person who places faith in Jesus and is born again will be reconciled and receive eternal life, while those who remain in unbelief will spend an eternity of torment in hell. God has appointed that man should die once and then face judgment. The only question is, when you stand before God on that day, will you be covered by the blood of Jesus and forgiven, or will you try to plead the fairness of God and face His wrath? As scripture clearly says, we each have two paths before us-life and death-and it is incumbent upon us to choose.

What will your choice be?

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      Robert Banks 2 months ago

      Please reread my article and my initial response to your comment since you have so misconstrued both of them that you would say I have called Jesus a liar. Resulting to ad hominem attacks because you are confronted with the truth that goes against your false beliefs is a tragic response on your part. I asked if you were Jehovah's Witness, etc b/c like these groups, your comments were heretical. Your last response gives me the impression that you have been hurt by a church or a person/people from a church which has led you to throw the baby out with the bath water and think that every church is false and hated by God. This again is a tragic and prideful response on your part. Your comment reeks of pride and anger, both of which are antithetical to Jesus and His followers, which you claim to be. I beg you to repent and I pray that God will reveal to you the error of your ways. If you have any questions or need any further help in this area I would be honored to assist you.

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      charlie 2 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      you are clearly well indoctrinated in the ways and beliefs of the false church system. I expected this type of answer from your article. No I am not of ANY denomination as all of them are divisions which God HATES. There are NO DIVISIONS in HIS church they are only found in the system of man which you clearly adhere to. So I will just go away and let you mislead the gullible of which I am not. Jesus Christ is the head of man. He is The only way to God, no man can take anyone there. I quoted the words of Jesus Christ and you say I am wrong. Since you call Jesus a liar then you have nothing I wish to hear and you can answer to Him for calling Him a liar..

      Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to Me in Heaven and in earth. 

      Mat 28:19  Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

      Mat 28:20  teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world.

      Real Disciples of Christ are the only sons of God. Theology is man's way of control and is the fruit of man, NOT OF GOD.

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      Robert Banks 2 months ago

      Thank you for taking interest enough in this article to comment. I also appreciate your use of scripture. However, I find many theological problems in your reply. In order to not write too much, I will just respond to a couple main points. If I have misunderstood your assertions on any of these, please correct me. First, you state that the only one tormented forever is satan. This is a fallacy formed from poor exegesis of Rev. 20:10 along with ignoring passages such as Matt. 3:12, 25:41, 46; Daniel 12:2; John 3:36; 2Thess.1:9; Ps.76:10 just to list a few. You wrongly assert that men will be destroyed rather than suffer eternal punishment. This is annihilationism, which too is easily proven false from numerous scriptures. Your use of the Psalms I assume is to justify this belief, which wrongly applies the scriptures you have listed. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We as finite beings have sinned against an infinite God, thus the punishment must also be infinite. Either your punishment was paid by the infinite blood of Jesus, or you will spend an infinite amount of time in hell paying for it yourself. I pray that God will open your eyes to this truth as you study the scripture.

      Next, you make a very dangerous statement when you claim, "The sons of God, disciples of Christ, that have done all He requires of them and have endured to the end will inherit the earth and the new earth and will live for eternity on the new earth with God and ALL His sons." I say this is dangerous because at face value you seem to be supporting a works-based salvation when you state that only those who have worked or done all God requires will have eternal life. We are saved only by faith alone in Christ alone. I will agree that faith without works is dead, and that true Christians will persevere to the end, but by only claiming salvation through works as your statement seems to be doing, is a damnable offense. Again, if I am wrong in my understanding of what you meant then please forgive me. After reading your comments, I must ask if you are a Jehovah's Witness or 7th day advent? Just curious. Thanks again for your input.

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      charlie 2 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      You are correct about no such thing as the predestination as some teach it, it actually it's meaning men determine (predestine themselves before the end) and God knows most will reject Him because most man have always rejected Him, that is why He has had to cleanse the earth twice.

      Hell is not the final destination for anyone, it is a temporary place and it gets thrown into the lake of fire with satan at the end. Hell or more correctly hades is said to be the place of the departed dead until the judgment. Jesus is the only man in this age that did not stay in hades until Judgment because He had won over death, and was not held by it. All other men except those alive on the final day will be in hades.

      Luk 16:22 And it happened that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich one also died and was buried. 23 And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom 24 And he cried and said, Father , have mercy on me and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things. But now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, there is a great chasm fixed between you and us; so that they desiring to pass from here to you cannot, nor can they pass over to us from there. 31 seeing this beforehand, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor would His flesh see corruption, 13 And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and hell delivered up the dead in them. And each one of them was judged according to their works.

      The only one that is tormented forever is satan. .

      Rev 20:10 And the Devil who deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were . And he will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

      The man that are not sons at the judgment are cast into the lake of fire and destroyed, forever dead and gone.

      Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and Him sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And a place was not found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the small and the great, stand before God. And books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and hell delivered up the dead in them. And each one of them was judged according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death.15 And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the Lake of Fire.

      Mat 7:13 Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

      The sons of God, disciples of Christ, that have done all He requires of them and have endured to the end will inherit the earth and the new earth and will live for eternity on the new earth with God and ALL His sons.

      Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. And there will be no more death, nor mourning, nor crying out, nor will there be any more pain; for the first things passed away. 5 And He sitting on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me, Write, for these words are true and faithful. 6 And He said to me, It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who thirsts I will give of the fountain of the Water of Life freely. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son. 8 But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

      Psa 25:12 What man is he who fears Jehovah? He shall teach him in the way that he shall choose.13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

      Psa 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on Jehovah, they shall inherit the earth. 10 It is but a little while, and the wicked shall not be; yea, you shall search his place, and he shall not be. 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the overflowing of peace.

      Psa 37:22 For His blessed ones shall inherit the earth; and those cursed by Him shall be cut off.

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