Today’s question: Why do I deserve to burn in hell for eternity? If God is love, how can such a thing even be possible?


Question:
Why do I deserve to burn in hell for eternity? Please explain how I deserve to burn in hell, from a human perspective and how can I possibly follow a religion that doesn’t make sense?

Answer: The problems related to “The Human Condition” are probably due as much to “circumstance” as to the personal “guilt” of we who are alive on earth, today. That said, the problem of sin is and always has been, deadly serious!

Due to the Fall of Man (in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden) the default state of all humanity is to be born estranged from God, totally lacking the divine grace that is necessary to enter Heaven, perpetually enslaved to Satan, sin and death, having a natural attraction to sin, as well as an all too human propensity to commit sin.

The only known antidote to perpetual slavery and eternal damnation, is faith in Jesus Christ, the divine man who has demonstrated (as one of us and on our behalf) his total mastery over Satan, sin and death.

The fact that Jesus voluntarily took on flesh, became man, willingly sacrificed himself and then, rose again from the dead, in order to destroy Satan’s power over us (the power of death and hell) while asking nothing in return, except for our faithful allegiance, should be more than sufficient proof of God’s abiding love and tender mercies.

Christians typically swear faithful allegiance to Jesus Christ by being Baptized into his Holy Catholic (Universal) Church.

The Holy Sacrament of Baptism, followed by a regular program of personal prayer and study, along with a lifetime of full, faithful participation in all the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of the Holy Catholic Church, is the time-tested, “Jesus Approved” method of first, being justified by the grace of God and then, proceeding to live a holy life that will serve to glorify God, while preparing us to (hopefully) spend an eternity with him, in Heaven.

Asked and answered today on Yahoo!Answers. Edited for clarity and content.

5 Comments

  1. CHRIST JESUS CHRIST has conquered Death, Hell, and the Grave! HALLELUJAH

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  2. Alright then let’s ask again.
    Why did we deserve to be “born estranged from God, totally lacking the divine grace that is necessary to enter Heaven, perpetually enslaved to Satan, sin and death, having a natural attraction to sin, as well as an all too human propensity to commit sin” and blamed for it to the extent that God will burn us on hell forever for not pledging everything to the very same God who had us created in such condition? Why should we need to do anything to remedy that which God caused to be broken by creating each one of us (Psalm 139:13) in the manner (Psalm 51:5) that he created all sons of Adam?
    Further, how does two nights and a day in a tomb the substitite for being tortured forever?

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    • The short answer to the first part of your question is: Because that’s how God decided to set things up.

      So far as our “doing anything” is concerned. Free Will requires ascent of the will, for good or for bad, complete with corresponding, Divine Judgment.

      As for “two nights and a day”: Regarding the eternal, divine person of Jesus Christ, true God and true man; his suffering and death (alone) on our behalf is more than sufficient to atone for the sins of all men, for all time, as well as repairing the otherwise irreparable, severed relationship with God the Father.

      Thanks for writing.

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      • So you first admit that God made life a trap.
        Second, Free will requires the ability to withdraw assent of the will at any time. A fixed will that is freely followed is not a free will: it is programming. Original sin means we have a will that is bound to sin, not free to change.
        Third, the wages of sin is eternal life in hell. If Jesus didn’t pay that off in full, then we were truly bought at a discount: his resurrection undoes the death he offered. It makes Jesus’ death as gratuitous as the binding of Isaac.
        You simply can’t frame Jesus as offering himself as anathema to himself and be satisfied with that being more than a footnote to the actual picture.

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      • It seems to me that you are “straining gnats”. The bigger issue is, based on your particular beliefs and practices, “in what capacity will you be qualified to serve God, IF he decides to invite you into Heaven.” Jesus has no particular limitations, except for those which he imposes on himself, but since he is the all powerful, totally sovereign God, he alone decides who gets invited into Heaven, for any reason, or for none, at all. Jesus saves whomsoever he wishes to save. No one can force him to do otherwise. As for any semblance of a “trap”: God informs us of the truth, then he allows us to choose eternal life or eternal death, based on love, because if we love him, we keep his commandments. If not, we probably have no place in Heaven. Thanks for writing. – Doug

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