It has been about three weeks since I wrote the series of blogs about death and dying. At the end of them I said I would next deal with the question, “Why would a loving God send innocent people to hell?” My answer is, He doesn’t. I knew in my heart that he doesn’t but I also knew I did not have any written rational for my answer, so I told you it would take me a while to deal with this question. I have done so. I am now ready to present my answer to you in a series called “Innocents in hell. Never!”
I remind you that I am not a theologian and I am answering according to my personal knowledge of God and his Son, Jesus Christ. I am a grandmother with a long relationship with Jesus. I have read the Bible many times. Jesus said we are to accept him as a little child. I accept him and his word as a little child. I find answers to my questions based on my faith in him as well as my interpretation of various scriptures. Having said that, I also accept that I do not have the mind that could cope with the “vocabulary” of God if he chose to tell me all the answers for the questions I ask. I am happy to accept that he is a great deal smarter than I. I do not even ask the mechanic to answer all my questions about how my car runs. Why in the world would I want to try to understand the mind of God!
I believe the soul of man lives eternally and that our walk on this earth is a preparatory time for that eternal existence. I believe it is God’s ordained will that man live eternally in heaven with him. He wanted that enough that he send his son, Jesus, to die a sacrificial death and the blood of Jesus atoned for sins of all who believe in him. The process is simple, simply believe and choose to walk in obedience to God as you have light and knowledge to do so. At the same time the process is hard in that it requires a absolute surrender of one’s will and a giving up of the rebellious nature that makes us want to be our own master.
I also find that giving up our own determination to do our own thing, is the way to complete peace and freedom. Therefore, in becoming his servant I am free. Is anybody sitting in my ‘Amen’ corner?