Q&A: Does God Ever Ordain People for Hell?
Written by Jenn Arman | August 24, 2014
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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