Hell is for children

God has predestines some men to be objects of His grace and others as objects of His wrath.  This disturbs people both in the church and outside of the church.  But who are we to tell God what He can and cannot do?

What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath–prepared for destruction?  What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory–[1]

Face it, there is nothing you can do if you are predestined to be the objects of God’s wrath.  Nor is there anything that can be done if you are objects of His grace.

It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.[2]

It doesn’t matter what objections people throw out about this reality, it is our reality.  How dare you complain or talk back to God about His wisdom and His choices in this matter. 

But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'”[3]

If you are one of the ones not predestined to grace, I hate to break it to you, you are going to hell.  Don’t sweat it though, nobody can resist His will.

One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?”[4]

God has made His children in His likeness and He has predestined most of us, His children, for hell.  Sorry, many called, few chosen!  Can’t help it that you may not be predestined for His grace.  See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya!

For those of you who are not predestined for grace, God has made a place for you to go.  So be on your way.  Now the rest of us can worship.

♫Jesus loves those predestined for grace this I know ♪ for the Bible tells me so.  ♫  Don’t you just love singing songs interpreted by church doctrine?

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.[5]

Not Him again.  He never agrees with church doctrine!  If I go with what He says then everybody gets mad at me for not following church doctrine, church fathers and church counsels.

Just when I agreed with church doctrine, I will go back out on a limb for what Christ says.  Hell was not made for the creation made in His image.  It wasn’t for His children but for the devil and his angles.

The very idea that God has predestined most of humanity for hell and only a few for His grace is not scriptural.  If God predestined men to hell, he couldn’t have made hell for the devil and his angels.  He would have had to make it for those He predestined to be objects of His wrath too.  Which would be most of humanity.

Why does the church imply those who are objects of God’s wrath are those predestined by God for hell?  Scripture doesn’t teach this.  God has prepared destruction for those under his wrath.  We are all under His wrath without repentance and the work of Christ in our lives.  Destruction is prepared for all of us that were under His wrath, until we became Disciples of Christ.  If destruction wasn’t prepared for us too, if we were predestined for grace only, then what were we saved from?  How can we escape hell, if we were never endanger of hell, because God predestined us to grace.  Scripture doesn’t say, “bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—predestined for destruction,” does it?  No it doesn’t, but I am wrong for not believing it reads this way.

What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath–prepared for destruction?[6]

Why is it that Paul taught there are those whose destruction is prepared for them?  He taught the wrath of God is coming to men who suppress the truth, even though God has revealed Himself to all men.  God has made plain to every man through creation His invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature so that all men are without excuse.  The destruction prepared for those who suppress the truth will surely come, but not because God predestined them to destruction, but because they are guilty all on their own.

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.[7]

Well what about Pharaoh, some would ask.

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”[8]

Pharaoh is no different than those who suppress the truth which is revealed to them by God through creation.  Even in Paul’s doctrine Pharaoh is without excuse.  So as Paul taught, all men who have rejected the truth of what God has revealed to them of His nature, are objects of His wrath, just as we were at one time objects of His wrath.

What is so hard to accept in Paul’s doctrine that everyman is without excuse who remains under God’s wrath?  So now rejecting the truth, God has hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that Pharaoh will not relent after the first couple of plagues.  But will endure until God’s power is displayed to the fullest extent of His will.  Just as Paul taught God would give over men to a depraved mind (hardened heart) so he gave Pharaoh over to this depraved mind as well. 

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.[9]

Not because He was predestined to hell, but because he has destruction prepared for him though his own rejection of the truth.  Pharaoh too is without excuse.

So is God unjust in hardening the heart of Pharaoh that was already guilty of exchanging the truth for a lie?  No not at all.

What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all![10]

Is Pharaoh the recipient of a predestination of destruction?  Not at all.  He is without excuse for it was his own foolish heart that he darkened by rejecting God.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.[11]

Let us no longer believe that God has predestined any man to hell.  He has predestined everyman to grace, but we are the fools who darken our own hearts, because we exchange the truth for a lie.  Yes there is election and yes there is calling, for many are called but few are chosen.  Those few who understand it is by grace and not works that God’s purpose in our election stands.

Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad–in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls–she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”[12]

[1] Romans 9:22-23

[2] Romans 9:16

[3] Romans 9:20

[4] Romans 9:19

[5] Matthew 25:41

[6] Romans 9:22

[7] Romans 1:18-23

[8] Romans 9:17

[9] Romans 1:28

[10] Romans 9:14

[11] Romans 1:21

[12] Romans 9:11-12

3 thoughts on “Hell is for children

  1. Thank you shannon1c for your comments. Have you read anything more or my blog than this post, that you were kind in your comments? Could you please let me know how, did you come across this post?

  2. Pingback: Changing the debate « The Gospel According to the Gospel

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