The doctrine of Heaven and Hell is quite controversial in Christendom. The idea that God, our Father, is capable of punishing those whom He’s made a way of escape for can be confusing and down right unimaginable for anyone who believes in the power of God’s love.
God is love as stated in the Holy Scriptures. (1 John 4:8 ESV) Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7 KJV) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. We know that God is love, we have experienced it in higher and lower degrees as He reminds us of His love, and our value. But what about this place called Hell? Here is what Dillon writes :
“ I know that many people [have] this same concept in their head that hell does not exist. As popular as this belief is, this is a lie. We all know that our present day society doesn’t allow much tolerance for Christian ethics. Since this generation is practically religion less, the only thing people ever hear about God is that he is loving, Forgiving, and merciful. And that if you’re good you will go to heaven.”
God’s goodness and mercy is new and real every single day. As a Father, God has set standards for us to live by that will enrich our lives, our character, and give us eternal life. The Holy Scriptures are a true guide to our lives that we must not take for granted. It’s eternal value is what has made it one of the most essential books ever written, (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
God loves us enough to give us aids to bless and help us to live righteously, but without that righteousness we will not be able to see the Lord at the Day of Judgment.
Dillon writes with clarity and truth about Hell and the holiness of God.
And the reality that we cannot live by our own truth and expect God to pardon us: “A false doctrine is when you take God’s word, and twist it into a false pretense that suits your wants and desires, so you can continue living the way you choose without fear of suffering consequences.”
God is holy, he is righteous and just. Out of love and value for ourselves, we should be obedient to what the Lord says, not only to escape the wrath that is coming, but because God has only good plans for those that truly love Him. With His standard of love and truth, we cannot fail Him.