It’s a slow day and this is from a recent internet discussion concerning Pope Francis
If God has made peace with all, then why send people to Hell? I don’t think God sends people to Hell. The broad road leads to Hell, the narrow one doesn’t. He sends people on the narrow one and tells them not to use the broad one.
Why is there a Hell? What else can you do with those who insist they are the center of the universe? If one can’t be loyal to the one who loves you more than anything; if one insists on tormenting and demeaning his other children despite all exhortations to change, if one insists on following monsters, you certainly can’t let him into the Kingdom.
So you give him what he wants, an existence without you. You might think that sounds like a mild punishment but God is the ONLY source of good. Without God’s protection you would be subject to every torment you can imagine and all the one’s you can’t for that matter. And without ever any chance of making an appeal to God again. That’s how I look at it.
God is not a sadist. He’s not cruel. He’s going to forget about the people in Hell. He’s going to set it up so He never has to hear them again or have THEM inflict pain on HIM again. Yes, we cause pain to God.
And yes, they will suffer forever just as people without God suffer on earth except magnified infinitely.
How do you view God? As jolly old St. Nick? I view Him as Jesus, my best friend. How do you view God?