God is not "just" loving. He is "just." God has the capacity of becoming "angry." God expresses, love, wrath and vengeance. He will "get even." There has to be a depository for his "righteous (justified) anger" for sin. The depository is the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ "became sin" for us.God allowed his innocent Son to be terrorized and killed by people because of our guilty lives. God terrorized and tortured his Son. God placed His wrath and vengeance onto and into the body of Jesus. Doing so leaves us candidates for the placement of God's love into our lives and into our body (a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit).
Rev. Joda Collins
"It is a fearful (fear-filled) thing to fall into the hands of an living God," scripture warns. "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord, I will repay" warns the scripture.
"For God so loved the world that he gave…." is not the same thing as God loves everyone all of the time no matter what. God does hate some people.
God may love those in Hell, however, God's love does not automatically free a person from just payment for their sins any more than a judge would automatically set a convicted criminal free out of "love." Some will go to Hell.
Some people are so repulsed by these realities that "they say" they use these things as reasons to reject Christ as Savior. They say they cannot understand God. Missing heaven and hitting Hell because of an unanswered theological question (even a good one) is a very poor reason to go to Hell.
"How could God, who is good, create Hell, which is so bad?" That question is a good one and it is a valid one. We know the question well. The answer is valid one. We can speculate and most sincere speculation has some merit. Only the saved will know the full answer and that will be revealed to us in eternity. Paul states that "now we see through a glass darkly," that is, we do not see spiritual things very well. In eternity the veil of darkness will be lifted and we will know.
Here is the dilemma for people who reject God's love offer of free salvation from Hell. There is no other living God. Salvation is found in no other person except Christ. A person who rejects Christ is out of options.
I got saved (received Christ as my Savior) because I was terrified of hell. I am quite sure that others received Christ out of fear of hell, also. Hell is great deterrent towards Jesus.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem. The Apostle Paul wrote, "…my heart's desire is that all of Israel be saved." We can have a heart to weep for lost people now. Our tears can be turned into a heartfelt warning of Hell and a clear presentation on the love of God that provides an escape from that God-forsaken place.
The Bible is very clear. Those who reject God's love should expect God's wrath. That is all I need to know. I accept God's love. Jesus saves!
Would you like to receive Jesus as your Savior? Need help? My email is email@example.com.
Rev. Joda Collins
References: 2 Thes. 1:6, https://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=12&article=1462, 2 Thes. 5:21, Hos. 9:15, Isa. 6:7-10, Prov 6:16 and 19, John 3:16, Deut 32:35, Ro. 12:19, Heb. 10:30, 1 Cor. 13:12, Lk. 19:41-44, Ro. 10:1, Heb. 4:12, John 6:68, Ro. 1:18, Rev. 19:11, John 3:36, Ro. 10:9-6.
Disclaimer: I do not claim that my theological views represent the view of anyone else.