He whose name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire forever.
Why would a merciful and loving God create hell?
Let’s say instead….
Why would anyone reject a loving and merciful God who sacrificed so much to make a way to Heaven? To know about Him is not knowing Him. You have to introduce yourself.
When you choose to reject salvation, you choose to be sent to hell.
The Light of the world came to us at Hanukkah, the festival of lights, near our celebration of Christmas. As it was in 2008, in 19 more years Hanukkah will coincide with Christmas again. When I say “came to us” I mean He was conceived during the festival of lights. The light came to earth like the rest of us, hidden in the womb for 9 months. He was born the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles in the fall.
Using the Christmas celebration as an illustration, picture the most wonderful gift you’ve ever seen or hope to see beautifully wrapped up, under the tree, with your name on it. Now imagine you leave it sitting there. You take down the tree and the house decorations, you put them up again next year and that gorgeous gift is still sitting there unwrapped. You’ve ignored it, stepped over it, around it, pushed it into a corner, dutifully dusted it, thrown coats on it in winter, even used it as a coffee table. You’ve convinced yourself that because it’s in your house, it’s serving a purpose.
You know what’s in it. Several people have told you. You know it doesn’t require anything more than grabbing it, literally receiving it to make it work in your life. Deep down you know it has no function until you claim it, even when your name is printed clearly on the tag. It’s of no use and cannot change, heal, or help you until you pick it up and open it. Your name is not in the Book yet until you claim the gift.
There’s a hell. We are all eternal no matter what you may have heard or thought was reasonable from someone you trusted or who you thought made sense. It’s clearly written in scripture, in the red ink. Our existence doesn’t just end in nothingness without Jesus and go on with Jesus.
There’s a hell. there’s a heaven. There’s a future with Jesus. We will live forever. What’s your forwarding address? There are two to choose from.