No matter what someone says to your or where they tell you to go; NO man can send you to Hell. Filp Wilson claimed “the devil made me do it.” Dana Carvey as the Church Lady would surmise, “Could it be . . . Satan?” But in reality hell is your choice. My mom reminded us often, “No one can make you do anything but die!”
Paul tells us in 1 Tim 2:4, “(God) desires all men to be saved.” Peter says much the same thing in 2 Pet 3:9, “God is not willing that any should perish. . .” Paul copan in Is god a Moral Monster picks up this idea and rightly suggests, “Hell itself is the act of self-exclusion from God, the final act of self-assertion and control.”
To say this concept another way if we find ourselves eternally in hell, we received our choice. How does one go about choosing hell over heaven?
- Ignore God’s Love – Jn 3:16
- Ignore God’s Word
- Ignore the Good News – Rom 1:16
- Ignore your conscience
- They want to bear their troubles alone.
- They choose to die without hope.