“Why does God want to torture people in hell?”

God will not “torture” anyone. He will simply give them justice. A criminal who viciously raped three teenage girls may believe that his being thrown into a cold prison is torture. The judge rather knows better. He calls it “justice.”

God will “damn” rebellious sinners from all that is good in a prison called “hell.” He gave them life and lavished His goodness upon them, and they despised Him, violated His Law, and then refused His mercy. He is extremely kind and “rich” in mercy, and offers complete forgiveness to all who repent and obey the gospel. Those who despise that mercy will get what the Bible calls “equity” (see Psa. 98:9). Equity, according to the dictionary, is “the quality of being fair or impartial; fairness; impartiality: the equity of Solomon.” In law, it is “the application of the dictates of conscience or the principles of natural justice to the settlement of controversies.” In other words, impartially doing that which is right, fair, and just.

The Bible tells us that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezek. 33:11). His Word even says that “mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13), meaning that God would rather see someone sorrowful and repentant and have their sins forgiven, than receive the full wrath of His justice. But if sinners remain hard and impenitent, His Word warns, “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds” (Rom. 2:5,6).

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2 Responses to “Why does God want to torture people in hell?”

  1. David says:

    So, to be saved we must, while still alive, accept Jesus sacrifice for our sins. There is no hope of salvation for those who die after the cross who either did not hear the Gospel or did hear and chose to reject Christ. But those who died in faith, of a coming Saviour, (Abraham, Moses et el) prior to the cross do get saved, is this what your saying Ray?

  2. davidnrobyn says:

    My take: God, Who is the ground of all being (think about it), is the source of all good. There is no good outside of Him. Those who choose other-than-God choose an alternate reality that doesn’t exist. But God honors their choice anyway. He gives them over to a place outside of Him (“Depart from Me”), where no good can possibly be. That’s hell. And the eternity part–we forget that time is NOT a given. It, along with matter and space, is also a created thing. When it’s done away with, what’s left is timelessness–eternity.
    This is from a non-theologian.

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