by Wes Moore

God’s morality is on trial today. Every day in our culture human being’s sit in judgment over the Creator’s moral integrity. Before we will allow him to exist, or to truly be God, he must first pass our “are-you-good-enough-to-be-God” test.

The reality of this test appears in the form of various objections:

•    God wouldn’t wipe out entire nations like the God of the Bible did in the Old Testament.
•    God wouldn’t deny loving, committed homosexuals the right to marry.
•    God wouldn’t allow people to suffer like yours does.

It also appears in the form of the objection that titles this article. Have you heard it before? “God wouldn’t send anyone to hell. It isn’t fair!”

Here are a few things to think about when considering this question.

What is hell?

In biblical terms, hell is the place where human beings suffer the punishment for immoral and rebellious thoughts, words, actions, and attitudes committed during their lifetime. In the end, this failure is a failure to glorify their Creator through perfect and complete obedience to his moral will.

Hell is known as the Second Death (Revelation 20:14) and is the place where the Creator’s glorious power, mercy, and life are removed completely from the individual human soul resulting in excruciating torment and pain for eternity (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10). Hell is the execution of God’s righteous anger for the sin of human beings (Romans 2:5-11).

As all humans have earned hell, the only way to avoid it is for the individual to throw themselves on the offer of forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When a sinner repents (Mark 1:15), places his complete trust in the righteous life and substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9), and lives the remainder of his life to the service of the Messiah (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 and Luke 14:25-33), he is adopted into God’s family, forgiven of all sins, and legally made righteous before God.

Why wouldn’t God send men to hell?

In the first place, why wouldn’t God send anyone to hell? Whether by execution or life in prison, we, as human beings, punish criminals severely when their crimes justify it. Why can’t God?

Second, don’t place your own sense of morality above your Creator’s. Be very careful when you think of elevating your changing, culturally-influenced, and often corrupt moral compass over the unchanging, independent, pure moral nature of God.

Finally, to grasp the reasonableness of hell, you must understand the holiness of God.  Holy means “separate or transcendent.” God’s nature—his sense of morality, justice, and judgment—is infinitely higher than ours. He’s on another level altogether; we’re like pee-wee league football, and he’s the best team in the NFL.

To us, a moral slip isn’t that big a deal. After all, we can honestly say we’ve been there before, or at least as sinners, we can understand. Only the most heinous of crimes move us. But God’s moral sensitivity is not so numb. He has never sinned; he is completely pure; he is infinitely offended with each moral lapse.

One famous confession says this: “The Lord our God is… infinite in being and perfection…who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute.” [1]

A proper understanding of hell is required for a proper understanding of God. And, when a proper understanding of God is attained (through the study of his Word), hell is not only justifiable—it is required. God’s infinite holiness requires an infinite punishment for any and all sin.

Conclusion

Hell is a real place where human beings receive the just punishment for their sin. It can be avoided through repentance, faith, and commitment to Jesus Christ. Far from being unfair, the severe punishment of hell is a righteous punishment given the crime and the nature of the being offended through these crimes—the holy Creator himself.


Wes Moore is a conservative Christian author and speaker, and the founder of Evidence America, an apologetics and evangelism training ministry. Wes is the author of Forcefully Advancing: The Last Hope for America and American Christianity, a book designed to equip the average Christian to engage the lost; The Maker, a futuristic apologetics novel; and The Spiritual Top 50, a non-fiction apologetics book designed to help Christians answer the questions their lost friends are asking.  You can learn more about him at www.wesmoorenow.com.


[1] 1689 London Baptist Confession. “Chapter 2: Of God and the Holy Trinity.” Internet. Available at: www.vor.org/truth/1689.