What if I don’t want a “Savior?” Yeah, I’ve made some mistakes, who hasn’t, but I’ve never killed anybody. Besides, I’m better than most people… Is God going to send millions of us to hell? For what? Because I didn’t believe one of the hundreds of religions in the world? Because I didn’t jump through the right hoops? Besides, Jesus’ followers are worse than I am. . .
I am continually amazed by people who look for truth as hard as they can – with their eyes tightly shut. Oh… wait… that would be me, too, wouldn’t it? Willfully ignoring the truth hasn’t stopped since I became a Christian. How about my previous views on “wives submit to their husbands?” (Before I wrote Is Jesus a “Feminist?”) Why didn’t I connect Jesus’ servant-leadership to husbands’ servant-leadership before the last few weeks?
And I am blind to my own faults – even with my eyes wide open. Pride is my worst fault. But I have plenty more. Yet, they are quite safe, because since I can’t see them I don’t think of them and so I don’t mind that they are there.
So non-Christians sin and Christians sin. So, what’s the difference? Why would Jesus send non-Christians to hell and not Christians?
Jesus doesn’t SEND anyone to hell. Spending eternity without Jesus is a choice we make. Jesus has done everything he can so that you and I DON’T go to hell including dying to forgive the sins of every single person who has ever lived or will live. Jesus has done everything EXCEPT take away our free will to choose whether we want a relationship with him or not.
And what we do with our free will, to choose whether or not we will follow Jesus, determines our destiny. Those of us who choose to let Jesus help us turn from our sins and choose Jesus as our Leader, Master, Coach, and Friend will spend eternity with Jesus (who Jesus told Abraham is Abraham’s “very great Reward”).
Those in denial, who say they have no sin, or that their sins aren’t “that bad” or they want to pay for their sins themselves, will have deliberately chosen to reject Jesus’ free offer of life forever with him.
And the choice of existing in Eternity without Jesus leaves just one option. . . Hell.