God of Mercy, But What About Hell?
by Daniel Owino Ogweno
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I am alarmed at how people are increasingly getting offended by the fact that there is an eternal damnation for people who are not saved. The offense is so great that it is quenching some people’s allegiance to God. This includes those who were once saved. The irony is that people who take offence at the mention of hell are so resentful and piqued by the idea that they ignore the fact that there is a way out of the said damnation.
If hell exists and some people are going there, then God cannot be a merciful God, they argue. But isn’t this argument a member of the family of the original “discontentment” that the serpent planted in Adam and Eve? Was he not saying: If God is good, how can He keep the fruit—something so good—from you?
I read from a forum where one of the contributors said:
“The Christian Faith says both of these things:
-- There is a Hell
-- God is all-merciful and wants all to be saved.
If you accept both you are a Christian. If you say they both can’t be true, then of course you can’t be a Christian”.
Look at it from the following true story of my experience:
I loved a lady. Everything was pointing to the fact that she also loved me until one day I gave her some help which she initially accepted but later rejected.
She was accommodating some missionaries who had come to minister in our town. I felt in my spirit the need to chip in with something small to help her provide for the missionaries.
True, she was financially strained. She never told me this but being someone I was extremely close to, I didn’t need the gift of discernment to know this. She received what I gave her with gratitude—or so it looked initially.
Two months later, she surprised me when she returned the money. I told her that it wasn’t a loan. She insisted that I take back my money. I refused to take it back. She pleaded, “Please, just take your money”. I never told anybody I had given her any money, why was she giving it back to me?
When I refused to take back the money, she reached out to put it in my pocket. I told her that she didn’t take the money from my pocket and it wasn’t right for her to put it there. Seeing that she was not budging, I stretched out my hand and she gave me back the money.
That foiled the proposal I had purposed to make that week. I felt rejected. If she wouldn't accept a gesture showing that I loved and cared, how was it going to work in a marriage?
You see friends, God is merciful and wants all to be saved but if we refuse to reach out and receive the package of salvation and reject His offer, does that put a dent to His mercy? What do you do when someone has rejected your offer—you don’t push it down his/throat, do you?
As I was writing my life’s story (see DREAMS OF HOPE AND VISIONS OF DIVINE INTERVENTION), I reflected on how it was tricky getting life partner, I remembered how I came close to asking Pam to marry me. A still voice whispered to me—I perceived that it was the voice of the Lord: “The way you felt after Pam rejected your gesture of love and care, is how I feel when people reject My offer of salvation”. Isn’t this logical?
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Daniel, the similarities you have mentioned here are very true. We humans can be very self-seeking, and don't give a thought to how our refusal of the Savior hurts his heart. Thank you for posting on my article, "I Want Justice for All." I followed your link and read the article on abortion. Very thought-provoking!
AMEN AND AMEN!!!