A thoughtful woman once said to me, “I don’t believe God would send good people to hell just because they don’t believe in Jesus.” Many share her opinion.
First, there are no truly good people, and God doesn’t grade on the curve. All of us are sinners, fallen, broken helpless to save ourselves. Next, no matter how much your (well, maybe not you personally) big bad self struts and brags, He didn’t make hell for you. He just doesn’t have any other place for people who don’t want to be with Him.
God wants all of us safe at home with Him, loving and being loved--but He allows us to make that choice for ourselves.
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes unto the Father but by Me.”
Notice the definite articles. THE Way. THE Truth. THE Life.
Is God a fool, that He would send His beloved Son, His only begotten, to die in agony if there were any other way? Would God, who cannot lie, lie about who He is? Can’t God, who created life, die in the body He created for Himself, then raise us to new life abundant?
God, a fool?
No. God is wise. Wise enough to make a way, wise enough to become a perfect bridge to bring His lost children home.
Avi, not even the collective, contradictory wisdom of all humanity from all ages can hold a candle to Your foolishness. How could we ever hope to understand Your perfect wisdom? I’m just glad You’re in charge. In Your holy name, Amen.