How could a God of love send people to Hell ?

Jesus made numerous references to Hell and Eternal Punishment in the New Testament.

Hell was made for the devil, not for people and God has made provision that no one has to go there if they accept the Salvation that he is offering.

The Question itself shows a misunderstanding of the nature of God.

God is a God of love, but he is also a God of PERFECT JUSTICE, Which means that he cannot just overlook sin, but must punish it.

How would you feel if someone commited a crime against a member of your family, then you went to court and heard the Judge tell the offender
 “ I'm a Good Judge, so I'm going to let you walk free ”. You would say that the Judge was unjust and corrupt.

Every human being has an inner sense of Justice, and know that wrongdoing should be punished, because he was made in the image of a Perfectly Just Creator.

Can people come to your home and do as they please ? We have laws in our homes for those who live there and for visitors.
 And we expect people to adhere to them, such as no smoking, You can't wear your shoes in the living room, etc

Imagine if someone came to your house and totally ignored you, and then took over your kitchen, using your food to make their meals,
took over your T.V, not allowing you to get a look in, and started to take over your house as if it were their own.

How would you feel ?

If people violate our rules we will ask them to leave and we certainly won't be inviting them back as it shows that they have no respect for us.

This is God's world, he made it, and he has the right to set the laws by which men should live. These laws are are a reflection of his Holy nature.

Just as a landlord has the right to set the level of rent for his property and also to make the rules for his property i.e. no pets, and no loud music.

We have all violated God's laws in one way or another. We have Lied, Stolen, dishonoured our parents, lusted, been selfish and greedy, been envious,
jealous and hateful, used Foul Language,fornicated and commited adultery etc

The violation of God's law is called sin.

We have all heard people say, or we may have said it ourselves, “It's just human nature” or “ We don't live in a Perfect World.”

This is usually said in order to justify our sins. We think that if other people are doing it, it must be OK.

Because we were in the first man Adam when he sinned, every human being has  inherited a sinful nature which is in rebellion against God.

No parent has to teach their child to do wrong, it happens automatically. Children don't have to be taught to lie, steal, be envious or greedy, to fight etc.
Parents have to correct their child and teach them not to do these things.

Man is in a Fallen Condition and needs a Saviour.
This is what God wants to make us aware of.

Imagine that you are waiting to use the bathroom but someone else is in there.

After the person finishes their business, they flush the toilet and walk out.

You, who've been waiting in the fresh air, walk in, and the smell is so bad that you have to hold your nose and walk back out.

The person who produced the smell didn't think that it was so bad, they could have sat there for hours.

There are now two perceptions of the same smell.

The person who produced the smell, doesn't think it's too bad and the person who is in the fresh air, will tell you, it stinks.
The person who is in the fresh air is the one with the true perception. It Stinks.

Our sins are worse than we imagine them to be in the sight of a Holy God?

God is the one who is in the fresh air.

Our sins stink in the nostrils of  a Holy God.

Try this for yourself, go and stand in a room with a bad smell and after few minutes the smell will not seem as bad as when you first walked in.

We are all born into a sin cursed world, ( a world with a bad smell ).

We all tend to think that we are good people and that our sins are not that bad, because we measure ourselves against the standard of fallen humanity
 and not against the Perfect standard of God's Holiness.

If the average person on the street compares themselves to Adolph Hitler, they will appear to be snowy white.

God's standard is Perfection in Word, thought and deed.

In the early 1980s Paul McCartney and Stevie wonder Sang a song called ' Ebony and ivory'.

Part of the Lyrics say that “ there's good and bad in everyone ”.

All good deeds are to be commended, but we have to remember that good deeds don't cancel out bad ones.

It is the “Bad” that contaminates our souls.

If someone gave you a glass of water, which had been contaminated with just 1% sulphuric acid, would you drink it?

If someone gave you a glass of water, which had been contaminated with 50% sulphuric acid, would you drink it?

In both cases the amount of Sulphuric Acid is irrelevant.

Both glasses of water are contaminated and both will result in death if you drink them.

The amount of sin that people commit is irrelevant.

A man cannot enter into Heaven in his sins.
He can only enter Heaven by accepting Jesus Christ as his Saviour and being Born again.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, HE CANNOT enter into the kingdom of God.

Being christened as a Baby is not being born again according to the Bible.

Romans 3:23 For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory of God;

1Kings 8:46 If they sin against thee, (FOR THERE IS NO MAN THAT SINNETH NOT,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy,
so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;


If two men Commit the same crime and can't afford to pay the fine imposed upon them by the Judge, both of them will go to prison.

If someone offers to pay both of their fines,and one of them accepts the offer gladly and the other rejects the offer,
the one will go free and is now justified in the eyes of the law, while the other is still seen as a criminal and will go to Prison.

The one wasn't better than the other, but they now have different standings in the eyes of the law.

A Born Again Christian was no better than a non-Christian.

What makes the difference, is that the Born Again Christian has accepted the Eternal fine which was payed for him on the cross by Jesus Christ.

God Loved You so much that he came down from Heaven and died in your place. He took the punishment that should have been yours.

Ephesians 2:8, For by Grace are ye Saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD:

Some people think that an eternity in the lake of fire is a disproportionate punishment to the sins committed in his life.

Once again I have to say that our sins are worse than we imagine them to be in the sight of God ?

Secondly, if a man kills his next door neighbour he will go to prison.

If he kills a policeman he will get a longer sentence.

If he kills the Prime Minister, an even longer prison sentence.

If he kills the monarch of the country he will not be coming out of prison for the rest of his natural life.

We can see that even by society's standards, the value of the person against whom the crime is committed determines the length of the prison sentence

Our sins, are crimes committed against an infinite, eternal and Holy God, who has given us life, and all good things to enjoy.

Therefore the punishment is eternal.

Revelation 20:14, And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15, And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

I hope and pray that after reading this, you will see the Goodness and Mercy of God and also your own Sins in a New Light.

1Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.