by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Have you ever been asked how a loving God could send people to hell? Whenever I’m asked that question, I say, “God doesn’t send people to hell. People choose where they’ll spend eternity.” God provided a way for us to be saved through his Son Jesus. As the Righteous Judge, God isn’t to blame if we choose not to accept the gift of salvation he offers.
In one of Billy Graham’s devotions in his devotional, Hope for Each Day, Mr. Graham asks who’s to blame; the judge for sentencing the criminal, or the criminal for committing the crime? He goes on to ask if someone deliberately commits a crime and is caught, is the judge to blame for sentencing the criminal, or is the criminal to blame for the sentence he receives?
Yes. The judge is the one who hands down the sentence, but he did so by following the law. The judge is not the one who broke the law.
God, The Righteous Judge, like the earthly judge, hands down the sentence and consequences we, the criminals, deserve. When we break God’s laws, we can’t blame him for the punishment we receive. It’s our fault we sinned, not God’s.
But thanks be to God. When we belong to Jesus and claim him as our Lord and Savior, we don’t have to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus took our debt upon his perfect sinless self and paid the debt we owed but could never pay with his blood sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.
We deserve the punishment, but the Righteous Judge made a way for us to be spared by not sparing his own son.
God loved the world so much he sent his only son to this world to die a horrible death for us. As the Righteous Judge, God is not to blame if we don’t accept his perfect gift.
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For God did not send His Son into the world to say it is guilty. He sent His Son so the world might be saved from the punishment of sin by Him. John 3:17 (NLV)
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