I grew up in church. It wasn’t rare for my parents to attend church more than 3 times a week. Although I was there, my mind wasn’t. I dismissed church as something that my parents were into. Kind of like a hobby. There are some people that are into it and others that are into something else. One of the reasons why I didn’t think too hard about church was because I saw a lot of bad things in the world.

I thought, “their couldn’t be someone all powerful running this world because it doesn’t seem well managed. From hurricanes to wars to the bully at school; to me it was a mess. On top of that, I thought that if there was a good God, how could God send people to hell? That sounded like a mean God. I’ve tested my parent’s patience but the punishment didn’t last eternity. It didn’t even last the whole day. A heavenly Father that sends people to an eternal hell, doesn’t seem too nice to me; it doesn’t even seem father-like at all…

How could a good God send people to hell?

However, I discovered that there was something wrong with that question. It assumes that God is sending people to hell against their will. In the Bible we learn that God desires every single person to be saved (2 Peter 3:9). There is salvation available. Even though the wages of sin is death, Jesus provided salvation through His death and resurrection. C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. Concerning this he said, “There are two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says in the end, “Thy will be done.” So, it isn’t that God sends people to hell, it’s that by rejecting the salvation available through Jesus Christ, they choose it. Then I realized that God wasn’t a bad Father, but one who gives us the choice to love and accept Him. He didn’t have to provide salvation, but He did. No matter your background, mistakes or present condition, there is a full life available to you by accepting Him and entering into a relationship with the one who loves you like no other will.

(2 Peter 3:9)

The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

AUTHOR: JOON TAVAREZ

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