Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Dillemma of God and Hell

I have often wondered why God chose to create a person that He knew by Divine foreknowledge will reject Him and freely choose hell? One might be tempted to say, if I were God and I knew my children would choose hell, then I would not create them in order that they do not have to experience such horrible pain. So, one must ask: why did God choose to create them in spite of this?

We know that God works all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes, as Romans 8:28 says. So, when God allows evil to take place by one’s own free will, He always allows it in order to bring about a greater good. Given that this is true, we may apply this truth to the question at hand. God brings about a greater good by creating those that choose to go to hell than the good that would result by not creating them at all.

At this point, we must ask, what is that greater good? The greater good is to demonstrate God’s justice and thus to magnify his mercy and love. If God’s justice of punishing those who choose evil, such as Hitler, were not known to God’s creatures, then God’s mercy and love wouldn’t be known as well. In other words, without evil, God’s creation wouldn’t be able to appreciate God’s goodness.

Since God always brings about a greater good in allowing evil to take place, and God created people knowing that they would choose hell, God evidently thinks it brings about a greater good to demonstrate both mercy and justice rather than only demonstrate love by only creating those He knows would receive Him. Even though it is hard from our perspective to see how any good can come about from allowing people to go to hell, God still brings about a greater good by doing so since he has promised so in Romans 8:28. Thus, from God’s perspective, it is a greater good to allow some to choose hell and some to choose heaven, rather than merely create only those that will choose heaven since the former demonstrates both His mercy and justice rather than the latter which demonstrates only His love.

Allegorical Reflection on Genesis 46:1-4

Genesis 46:1-4

 “And Israel taking his journey, with all that he had, came to the well of the oath, and killing victims there to the God of his father Isaac, He heard him by a vision in the night calling him, and saying to him: Jacob, Jacob. And he answered him: Lo, here I am. God said to him: I am the most mighty God of thy father: fear not, go down into Egypt, for I will make a great nation of thee there. I will go down with thee thither, and will bring thee back again from thence: Joseph also shall put his hands upon thy eyes.”

Literal Sense: Jacob was commanded by God in a vision to go to the land of Egypt in order to become a great nation and after a period of time he will return to the Promised Land.

Allegorical Sense: As Jacob is the founder of the nation of Israel, Jesus is the founder of Christians. Jacob was called by the Father to leave the Promised Land, a type of heaven, and go to Egypt, a type of the world. In like manner, Jesus was called by the Father to leave heaven and enter into this world and as Jacob was told he would be brought back to the Promised Land after living in Egypt, Jesus returned to heaven after his exile on earth.

Notice how the Scripture notes Jacob’s readiness to respond to God’s call as he says “Lo, here I am”. Is it not the same with the Lord Jesus Christ, when he was called to enter into earthly service for the Father, Who declared: “[t]hen said I: Behold, I come to do thy will, O God” (Hebrews 10:9)?

This Scripture is also careful to note that Joseph, the offspring of Jacob will put his hands upon his eyes, undoubtedly a privilege for a son who did not know if he would see his father again. This was fitting since the Apostles, the offspring of Jesus, were privileged to touch the Lord Jesus in his earthly ministry as the Apostle John says: “[t]hat which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the word of life” (1 John 1:1).