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Some people ask how could a loving God create such a horrible place of torment for people to end up in if they choose for whatever reason not to accept Him. I believe there is only one answer to that question.
I believe God has everything set up on a "all or nothing" principle. There is only maximum life or maximum death. If you choose God and Jesus, then you will end up with maximum life in new heaven and new earth. If you do not choose God and Jesus, then you will end up with maximum death - which is Lake of Fire and Brimstone. There is no middle ground or neutral areas! It's all or nothing. It's God or Devil. It's heaven or hell. It's maximum life or maximum death. It's really all black and white. God Father is a God of maximum intensity. He is not playing games. There is only one God and one Savior - Jesus Christ! There is only one way to live and that is to choose God and Jesus and follow all of Their ways and all of Their commandments. Here is Scripture verse that I feel really captures this thought:
"... I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and length of your days ..." (Deuteronomy 30:19)
I donít think God could make things any more clearer than way that He has it spelled out in that verse. That verse is about as black and white as you can possibly get. Youíll notice that God says nothing about any type of neutral areas or any type of middle ground. However, actual choice is up to each and every person. God will not force Himself or His ways on anyone. Each person has to freely choose God and His ways with their own free wills. If they donít - for whatever reason - consequence will be maximum death in most horrible place imaginable.
The other thing to understand about why God would create such a horrible place is to just look at some of people who commit pure evil in this life. The serial killers, rapists, murderers, leaders of nations who enslave and torture their own people. Just look at nature of Satan himself and all horrors and evil he has caused throughout history of our earth. Some of these fallen angels and evil human beings deserve nothing less that maximum death, which really does line up with their evil natures and personalities.
The real sad part about all of this is why a certain percentage of angels and humans have chosen to live their lives on "dark side," and to allow themselves to deteriorate to lower levels of dark side where they themselves have now become pure evil - giving God no other alternative but to throw them into this lake of fire for rest of their eternal lives.
None of these angels and humans were born or created pure evil. They became pure evil over course of their lives and they freely chose to do so with their own free wills. To fully understand why these humans and fallen angels have chosen to live this life on dark side, when they also had a chance to choose God and "good side" of this life will probably always remain a mystery.
But for those who have chosen God and His ways - you will not have to go through Great White Throne Judgment. Your reward is going to be maximum life - and this reward is going to be new heaven and new earth. I will discuss what Bible has to say about this new paradise in next article.
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