Why is there a hell if everything is in God's will?
If there is a God who knows how you will act in any given environment and constantly controls every environment you are in, do you really have free will or isn't that constant manipulation? If people can act against God's will then is he really omnipotent?
You have several questions here.
(1) God wills that whoever chooses Him to be their God can have eternal life. Hell is prepared for Satan and whoever else does not want Him to be their God.
(2) There is no manipulation. Everyone has the will to choose. The fact He knows what you will choose does not give Him the right to prevent you. Your parents can explain that; if you are a parent, you can too.
(3) The fact that He allows you to choose does not affect His Omnipotence. He is Omnipotent no matter what you do with the free will that He gives you.
Those who endores the hell doctrine or are determined to believe in hell are spiritual terrorists. If you combine a carnal view to scripture with fear, blind ego, self-righteous pride, a hidden desire for vengeance and spark the religious engine with
God knows what I will choose even before I am born yet arranges for my birth. Sounds very cruel. I would not have a child knowing that I will have to torture it forever.
I am a parent. I know that my young children will choose to go into the pool without an adult around, so I bought a secure cover. Parents are constantly altering the environment anticipating their children's choices and doing their best to negate the bad ones.
If God is omnipotent, yet gives us the free will to do horrible things to each other and condemn ourselves to an eternity of torture, than he is not benevolent.
For the record I am a Christian, I know what Jesus said on the subject and conventional theology is far off point from his philosophy.
There is hell. There is heaven and other spiritual planes. But the will of God stands upper most and wants to have you accommodate 'him'.
I have often asked this question, as well. However, I have a different twist on it. If we are God's children, and he loves all his children, why would he send us to hell? I understand that it is a punishment for our sins, or for not accepting him into your life, but if he truly loved us, would he not give us every opportunity to repent our sins? And what about 'non believers'? Would God really condemn them to an eternity in hell simply because they do not believe something they can not see and have no physical proof that it even exists? Would God condemn them because they are unsure of themselves, or unsure of the Christian's version of God? Would they not have an opportunity to accept him after death, if that is what it took?
My belief is that there is no hell, but rather a 'prison' of sorts in heaven. I suppose it could be called a hell, but the common understanding of hell is that it's permenant, and I do not believe that it is. (Not for everyone, at least) God can see into our hearts, and will know when someone has truly repented and accepted him. I think that the opportunity to do so will continue after death for those who really need it. After all, would we condemn someone for life for stealing a candy bar? No, they would suffer the consequences and be given the chance to prove they have learned their lesson. We are modeled after God, so why would he not do the same?
Also, I believe that we have free will, and that everything is NOT fortold. God may have the power to manipulate everything, but I don't believe he uses that power. If you were playing a game of chess, it would get pretty boring if you were playing against yourself. You would know every move, so what's the point in playing? Imagine playing that same chess game for several million years. No point to it if you know the outcome.
We have free will and some people just decide they create hell for others, this is who they apparently is a hell for!
Anyway we humans need something to stop us from being destructive sometimes. Now only God knows so many things as who will go where. We make our heavens or hell ourselves through our intentions, words and actions. Love and peace upon all.
ps i don't believe in torture just in destruction of evil.
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