Yes and No.
While (according to Scripture) it is true that
God can and will "send" people to Hell (Luke
doesn't want to, and derives NO PLEASURE from doing so. However, because
this is His Universe, and His Earth, and because He actually MADE us, and
because He is Righteous, He will
not allow anyone to push Him around, or spit in His face, nor tell Him what He MUST
do. And IF we, or anyone tries to THROW Him in the TRASH --- by pretending
that He doesn't exist, or willful ignorance ---, God will THROW them in the
TRASH-can of Hell.
In other words, to ignore God, or to DENY His
existence is tantamount to attempted murder of God, or to try and kill your very
words God doesn't OWE ANYONE the gift of ETERNAL LIFE.
Nor will He surrender His righteousness in order
to become a hypocrite and allow even ONE rebellious, or evil person
(who refuses to change his or her ways in this life) into His Kingdom.
Cor. 6:2; Luke
In other words, our life on earth is a "Trial" to see whether or not
1) Qualified to receive the gift of Eternal Life, and
2) Whether we
receive any rewards beyond that.
Like it or not, God is recording everything we say
and do, and will be able to "play" it back to us right before our
eyes, and show us to our faces what we deserve from Him on the day of
our Judgment. For those who don't believe this simply read the
following verses and decide whether they are true. Prov.
3:5-6; II Thes. 1:4-9; Heb.
4:13; Rev. 20:11-15.
It also means that we will be Judged and either justified or
condemned, not by God the Father, but by His Son, Jesus Christ
the One who became a man, and allowed Himself (John
to be stripped Naked, Spit upon, repeatedly Hit, Beaten, and Mocked
by evil men, and then nailed to a cross (where He hung until death): so that God could forgive our
sins with a Clear Conscience (Isaiah 52:8- 53:12; 2
Cor. 5:14-21; Eph.
1:7). However God has told us that He will only
give this gift to those who put their trust in Him and who acknowledge their
need of Him and His help, and who are willing to ask the Lord for forgiveness (Rom.
But all who thumb their noses, or shake their fists
at the Creator, or simply ignore Him (and live only for themselves and their
own pleasure) -- will be judged and very likely condemned (Psalm
34:21). For this is what we are told by none other than Christ Himself (Matthew
7:21-23). In other words, those who
end up in Hell, will be there because that is the path they, themselves, chose
to follow -- either because of their Pride and Fear of what their "Friends"
might think of them if they were to embrace the truth, or because of their Hatred of God and His Son,
or because they Loved FUN and Games more than God, and therefore they ignored
their Creator and those He sent to Alert them to the dangerous path they were
And those who think that God should force
Himself and His Kingdom upon unwilling people don't know Him or how He operates. For instead of forcing Himself into our lives, He simply
"knocks" at the door of our hearts (Rev.
3:20), and waits for us to
open our hearts and turn our lives over to the Lord, Jesus, and to seek Him, and
His will for our lives, and to turn from our own sinful ways (John
Those who end up going to this terrible
place, will do so because they gave God NO Option but to condemn them, due to
their Own Actions or Inaction: because they Rejected the Life-Rope that He offered
them (via a personal
relationship with God and Jesus): Matt.
14:6, 23-24; 17:1-3;
I Peter 1:21;
This Life is VERY brief compared to eternity;
however, it is in This Life
where WE CHOOSE our eternal destiny
whether we like it or not. II
God has made it VERY clear that He exists and that He
went to Great Lengths to offer us forgiveness and Immortality; It is simply a matter of OUR OWN WILL.
If we are willing to acknowledge Who He is, and what He did for us
by sending His Son to die in our place on the cross, and (literally) ask Him to rescue us from our sins and their
He will do so, and give us His invisible (yet ever-present) Holy Spirit as a
down payment / pledge on our lives
1:13-14), and begin to guide and direct us as He sees
3:15; John 14:16-28);
However, if we refuse to allow Him to
be who He IS, and to save us and be our Lord, then we will be on our own on the day of our
Once we invite Jesus into our lives we become
members of His body of believers and become brothers and sisters in Christ, and
citizens of heaven (Phil. 2:20-21): at which point His invisible Spirit will begin to work in our lives to make us more and more like Himself (into the kind of people
He wants us to be) -- even if it means that we suffer in various different
Prov. 16:1; 16:9; Ps.
135:5-6; Hebrews 12:5-11)
for our own good,
and/or until we make Him our #1, and
ourselves and others #2 or #3 (Mark 12:28-31). And when we die, He will be there with us to take us into His
presence: for death is NOT the end for ANY who
Know and Obey the Lord. Psalm
10:14-26; John 11:25-26;
I John 2:25.
But because God is Loving, He will nor force Himself
upon us or into our lives, but rather will simply knock on the "door" of our
3:20). But if we refuse to listen and continue going our own way, He will eventually go away and allow us to do our own
Or He may (perhaps) bring distress and/or catastrophic
illness, etc. in to our lives in order to get our attention; however He will not
"barge in" and demand that we serve and worship (i.e. hold in high
esteem as our #1) and follow Him, but rather BECAUSE HE IS LOVING, He
will wait for us to ask Him for His help -- as it is
impossible for us to make ourselves immortal.
But MAKE NO MISTAKE: God WILL NOT compromise His integrity, nor give His greatest Gift to those who refuse to acknowledge who He is and what He
did for them by sending His own Son to die a humiliating death on the Cross for
the sins of mankind (including theirs), and who refuse to SUBMIT THEIR LIVES to His authority
(by acknowledging and Obeying Him -- John
3:36), nor to those who insist on being their own god and doing their own
thing, and/or on worshipping or putting their trust in a false (i.e. manmade)
god or false "religion" -- of which there are MANY. This also doesn't mean that we will henceforth live sinless lives, but it does mean that, as
time goes by, we will sin less and less, as we grow in our relationship with
God. I John 1:6-10.
I guess what I am saying is "Don't
Challenge the Judge," and especially not the
One who shed His Blood in order to pay for Your Sins, and who knows everything
there is, or ever was, about you -- including your own motives. On a
side-note, I have also been told that this is also not a good idea to do with
earthly Judges either, and that those who do, end up getting hurt.
However, in some cases, it may be necessary: as in the case of unjust
Judges who treat their "subjects" as if they were dogs. Some are
also just plain ignorant because the Mass Media is corrupt and steadfastly
determined NOT to report the facts, nor even allow them to be debated in
public. Others are deceived by people in the system who are
supposed to tell the truth, but don't always do so (often for selfish, or
malicious reasons). But this is not the
case with Jesus: for not only is He just, but He also knows everything there
ever was to know about us. And I am convinced that He
will be able to literally "pull up" anything that ever happened to
us, or that we said or did, and show us to our faces exactly what we deserve
For more in this see: Psalm
34:22; 89:11; 90:8,11;
Proverbs 15:3; Matthew
13:1-5; John 3:14-18; 5:22-23;
3:9; I John 2:25;
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