Q&A: Does God Ever Ordain People for Hell?

    Q: Are there people who are just born and set for Hell?

    A: No. Hell is not a place God desires for us to go; it’s a place we choose for ourselves.

    All right girls, as a follow-up to my previous article, How Can We Know We’ve Been Chosen?, I’m answering one more question regarding God’s foreknowledge and our individual choices.

    The question is whether or not God creates people who are ordained for Hell. In truth, the answer isn’t exactly a simple yes or no and I’m going to explain it as clearly as I can, starting with Adam and Eve.

    When Adam and Eve originally chose to sin by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden, they opened the door for sin to freely enter and infect the world God created. Because of their decision, every person born after Adam and Eve has been automatically destined for Hell. God and sin cannot coexist, and Adam and Eve’s decision caused all of us to be tainted by sin at birth.


    For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)


    God saw all of this prior to Creation and put a plan in place to offer His grace to the entire world—all of humanity (past, present and future)—through His son Jesus.

    The key here is that God offers us grace. Just because someone offers you something doesn’t mean you’re required to take what’s being offered. If someone offers me mushrooms, I’m not going to take them because I don’t like mushrooms. It’s my choice whether or not to receive what’s been offered to me.

    God doesn’t ordain people for Hell. God offers every person the choice: sin, death and eternal separation from Him (Hell) OR grace, mercy and eternal life through His son Jesus.

    When we’re born, we’re already tainted by the sin that Adam and Eve let into the world through their choice. Then, in every person’s life, God offers them opportunities to choose to receive the free gift of salvation by His grace through His son Jesus.


    For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)


    God wants everyone to choose eternal life, but some people simply refuse to choose God no matter how many times He offers them His grace. Instead, some people choose themselves and their own temporary kingdoms over God’s offer of life and compassion.


    This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

    The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)


    Girls, even though God has already seen all of our choices from the beginning of our lives to the end (foreknowledge), that doesn’t make our choices any less important. You probably know your best friend so well that you know what choices she’ll make in certain situations, but your knowledge doesn’t make her decisions any less important for her, right?


    That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

    Girls, has this article helped clear up this question for you?

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    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. I would really like these verses explained, if you will:

      Ephesians 1:5
      he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

      Ephesians 1:11
      In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

      Romans 8:29
      For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

      Romans 8:30
      And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified…

      I’m not trying to start a fight or be condemning or anything, I would just like you to clarify these for me, because as I see it, predestination is the only possible explanation. But perhaps you have a better viewpoint.

      • I was also wondering about those verses, because like as someone said before…it feels as if we were chosen. I feel like God personally sought me out and got a hold of me, while I was still rejecting Him.

        Also, there’s some verses where God says He hardened the hearts of pharisees, Israel, pharoahs, etc….so that He can show His power and grace. So if He hardened their hearts, did He not even give them a chance? Are there people today who’s hearts are hardened by God so that others can be saved?

        • God did it to show them,that he was real he was God which he is,he did give them a change,we dod have free will yes God knows what we are going to do he’s God he knows everything,but we don’t that’s the point God doesn’t make anyone do anything,as far as being set apart goes,you are you have been chosen by God so have I everyone has, but he has a plan for your life, that’s not the same as mine,everything we go through makes us who we are by Gods amazing grace we are saved,he uses the good,bad to save poeples lifes,EVERYTHING God does is just and fair. And this may be something we will never understand.

      • Ok ladies, if I even tried to give you a thorough answer regarding predestination and free will, this comment would be over 25 pages long. We just don’t have the room for it. The best advice I can give you on these topics is to talk to your pastor about them and continue to ask questions until you receive answers that you’re comfortable with. 🙂

    2. Ok. So I am christian. I am. And I believe God gives us free will. But I was honestly JUST thinking about this when it popped up on my facebook. Crazy right?
      The question was posed to me and has been bugging me eber since: if God knew what was going to happen then how is it free will? And if he knows even before he creates you that you will never accept christ, then jow is that not ordaining people for hell?

      And the only thing that I can think of is the passage where he says my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts….or something along those lines.

      Maybe its just one of those things we can never understand? ??

      • Hey!! ? ‘Tis certainly a confusing topic! But God never controls our thoughts or our decisions. We were never created to be puppets on a string, so to speak. However, God, being the omnicient, or all-knowing, God that He is, does know what decisions we will make. He still gives people every opportunity to receive Him. If people don’t, it is their decision, not God’s. And I’m only probably a couple years late on this. No biggie, right? ? Haha Regardless, I hope this helps? ?

      • I’m no theologian, but I think the reason people say this is because God already knew who would accept him and who would not. In that sense, we were “chosen.” Another reason might be that many people refuse God’s gift of eternal life for years, but God opens their hearts so they can receive Him. However, that presents another question. If God can open anyone’s heart to receive Him then why doesn’t he do so for everyone? And what about the people who have never heard of the Gospel? If they never knew about what they were offered then they can’t choose to accept it or not. I’m sorry I just created more confusion instead of answering your question lol

      • Caitlin, to my knowledge the Bible doesn’t specifically say what happens to people with psychological disorders. However, most Christians I’ve talked with believe that God shows mercy to those with comprehensive issues. Many Christians (myself included) believe that the same thing applies to infants who die before they’re able to understand or make the decision to receive salvation. If it’s beyond the person’s capacity to understand or make a conscious choice, then I believe that God knows that and shows mercy to them.

    3. After reading everyone’s comments. I thought I could help some of you guys out. I feel like God gives them a chance and just like some of you said some people will not choose Him. Because they love their lives and the world. And you have to try seeing the big picture. People are being saved left and right. God knows what He’s doing and sometimes we may not understand it. We just have to trust Him and believe in Him.

    4. What about people who have never heard of the Gospel? I mean if nobody told them about Christ then there’s no way they could choose one way or another. And even after reading all the comments it still seems to me like God chose whose hearts He would open to accept Him… Which kinda seems like he predestined everyone else to hell. I believe that He has a plan for everyone and we won’t always understand Him, but I still wonder about these questions.

      • Hey girl!! ? I may just be able to answer your question because I have wondered that myself! ? Psalm 19 could be broken up into three sections, or the “The Three Witnesses”: 1. God’s Creation (vs. 1-6) , 2. God’s Word (vs. 7-10), and 3. God’s Servants (vs. 11-14). Everyone has AT LEAST one of these witnesses in their lives. For people who have never heard the Gospel and who don’t have access to the Bible, they at least have God’s Creation. Psalm 19:3 says, “There is no speech nor language, where [creation’s] voice is not heard.” Also, Romans 1:20 says, “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so they are without excuse.” As sad as it is, many, many people will never hear the Gospel, but God still presents Himself to them. God can still work on and speak to their hearts. ?

    5. This is powerful. I just wish that some people could open their eyes to see that their is a real God and not everybody is ordained or pre-destined for hell. It’s that they choose that by being blinded by their own sin.

    6. I feel like, if God knows what we’re going to do, and he let’s us do it anyway, he’s at least partially reaponsible for the consequences.

      Let’s say… I have a kid.
      I want this kid to be a doctor.
      I know everything about this kid. I always have known everything about this kid–even before the kid was born or even planned.
      If the kid does not become a doctor, I will disown the kid.
      If I disown the kid, I know the kid will suffer immensely and eternally.
      The choice is up to the kid.
      I know for sure the kid will not become a doctor. I knew this before the kid was ever born.
      I love the kid. I don’t want to disown the kid. But I know I will have no choice–and I knew this before I ever had the kid.
      If I had a choice about it, would I be a good person for having this kid?

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