Reconciling the idea of a loving God and an eternal hell is an old problem. The Apostle Paul wrote about those who don’t obey the gospel: “They’ll suffer punishment, eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and the glory of his might” (2 Thess. 1:9). That sounds pretty unfair: suffering unlimited hell for choices made during a limited lifetime.
But is it really? When you think about it, aren’t the lost getting exactly what they’ve spent their lives trying to have—life without the encumbrance of God’s mastery. In a sense, hell is God’s way of giving the lost what they’ve wanted all along. Tragic, yes; unfair, no.
(c) Copyright 2008, A. Milton Stanley