The Choice Is Yours--by Timothy A. Southall
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I have heard some say, "How could a loving God send anyone to hell?" It is true that our God is a loving God. He is also absolutely fair and impartial. Because of His love, we have His book, the Bible, to tell us how to live. We decide whether or not to follow it.

If one doesn't understanding why a loving God would allow anyone to go to hell for eternity, they need to look at what God did for us. He sent His only Son to the earth as a man to show us the way of salvation. He then allowed us to kill his Son as the only perfect sacrifice to save us. When Jesus was on the cross, God the Father could not even look at Jesus when he took our sins upon Himself. Just think--a loving Father allowed us to kill His only Son so we could be saved. His only Son, who was sinless Himself, was a ransom for our sins. Then, when Jesus arose from death, He came back to save us. (John 3:16; Acts 2:22-36; Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:26; Hebrews 10:8-22)

Now, let's go back to the original question--"How could a loving God send anyone to hell?" Actually, the right questions are: "How could anyone presume to know better than God?" "How could anyone care so little for God who created us and gives us everything?" "How could anyone reject the sacrifice God made for us?" "How could anyone choose to forfeit the free gift of salvation?"

God gives the opportunity for salvation and to escape eternity in hell to everyone. All we have to do is follow Christ and live our lives according to His Word. We show our love by obedience through faith in Christ. Then, through the blood Christ shed on the cross, our sins are forgiven, and God sees us as pure, not sinful individuals. On Judgment Day are you going to be seen wearing a white robe washed by the blood of Christ or a torn, dingy old robe soiled by your own sin?

The choice is yours today. Believe (John 3:16-18), repent of your sins (Luke 13:3-5), confess Jesus before men (Matthew 10:32-33), be baptized (Acts 2:38-41), and live a Christian life (Matthew 10:22). Heaven or hell (Matthew 7:21; Luke 12:5)? The choice is yours.

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