Hell is a Choice

And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment.


Jude 1:22–23

Maybe you’ve heard someone ask this question or asked it yourself: “How can a God of love send someone to Hell?”
J. I. Packer said, “Scripture sees hell as self-chosen. . . . Hell appears as God’s gesture of respect for human choice.”
C.S. Lewis summed it up this way: “There are two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done’ and those to whom God says, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, choose it.
Timothy Keller noted, “In short, hell is simply one’s freely chosen identity apart from God on a trajectory into infinity.”
If someone ends up in Hell, it breaks the heart of God. They go because they reject God’s solution, and chart their own course.
I want to do everything I can to warn people I know so they won’t end up in that horrible place. I’m not suggesting we should call every unbeliever we know and say, “You’re going to Hell!” The Bible says, “The goodness of God leads to repentance” Romans 2:4.
Tell people what Christ has done for you. Tell them about the hope of Heaven. Tell them about the forgiveness of sin. And tell them what the repercussions are if they don’t believe. Don’t leave that out. Don’t dilute it. We have the hope of Heaven, but we don’t want anyone to go to Hell.

David Ball
Pastor