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An Encounter With Jesus Through The Hand Of A Child

Surprises. Our God is full of surprises. A mentor in my life once told me to expect surprises in life, you are sure to have them. Good or bad, you will experien…

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Sister Blandina Segale v. Billy the Kid - Nun's canonization Cause approved by US bishops

An amazing woman who habitually calmed angry mobs, opened hospitals and schools and even challenged Billy the Kid has just had her canonization Cause approved b…

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How can I know God's will for my life? What does the Bible say about knowing God's will?

Answer: It is important to know God’s will. Jesus said that His true relations are those who know and do the Father’s will: “Whoever does God’s will is my brot…

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Catholic Robert Flello MP appeals to Parliament to legally recognise Christian Genocide in the Middle East

A Catholic MP, Robert Charles Flello has put forward a Commons motion designed to appeal to the Parliament to push the UN to obtain an agreement that the word ‘…

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On the So-Called “Choice in Dying”

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The Myth that Religion Causes War

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Mysteries of the Eucharist (part 1)

What really happens to us when we receive Holy Communion? Why do we call the eucharistic presence “real,” and how does it make a difference in our lives? What …

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Isn’t hell incompatible with a loving God?

Full Question

I know the Bible teaches there’s a hell, but I don’t believe it. Hell is incompatible with God’s love.

Answer

It’s not, because God gave us the power to choose, which is essential to the ability to love. To choose God is heaven, to reject him is hell. Why? Because God is the source of all goodness, life, and happiness. If you turn away from him, you’re turning away from these things too.

What kind of heaven would it be if God forced those who don’t love him to spend eternity with him? Would that be loving? Would it be any less a torment for them than hell?

If you believe in a loving God who allows evil to exist in the world, you can’t very well deny hell on the grounds God wouldn’t permit it. If God allows bad things to happen to good people in this life, why shouldn’t he allow bad things to happen to bad people in the next, especially if they choose it for themselves?

In deciding for or against God in this life, we’re determining how our stories will end, what we’ll finally be. It’s not something which God forces upon us, but what we choose. As C. S. Lewis noted, the doors of hell are locked on the inside.










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