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Hell’s doors are locked from the inside
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Atheist related
How does that work? Let us explain it with reference to a well known person, Professor Richard Dawkins. He is a man who cannot stand the face of God. He hates Him. This is said in so many words in his book, ‘The God Delusion’. This is what he wrote: ‘The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser.....’ (R Dawkins, The God Delusion, Bantam Press, 2006, p 31). Judging from his writing, anything is preferable than the presence of God. Except for the fact that the professor doesn’t know much about the Bible, he clearly loathes and hates God. For him, life without God is a much better proposition.
What does God think of that?
God’s position is this: He created man with a will of his own. Man can make his own decisions. Nobody can take that ability away from man. It is his right by virtue that he was created by God.
Obviously God cannot be a control freak, as this would violate not only man’s rights, but also God’s principle of freedom of choice: freedom to choose who to associate with. God would like it very much if all people on earth are friends with Jesus, because that is their passport to eternal happiness. It is essential to be prepared for heaven, but God will never enforce it. Forced love is not love, but rape. People who are forced to do something against their wills, will never be loyal or dependable.
What is Professor Dawkins’ position when he dies? Some people believe in annihilation, or that death is the end of a man’s existence. The Bible teaches the opposite, namely that man’s soul is immortal. (A strong argument that the Bible’s view is right is the following: if the Bible only had to do with this life, this ancient book would be in a museum somewhere and there would be no fuss about it. As it is, it is continually under fire, abused and maligned, because it points to more than this life. It explains that there is an immortal God who will judge all people and only the obedient will be with Him in heaven eternally. All people who refused to submit to God decide by themselves to rather spend eternity with the devil in hell, though hell was originally prepared only for the devil and his angels [Matthew 25:41]).
If God were a myth, like the mythological Greek gods, nobody need to take notice of Him. But He is real and the hatred against Him has its origin in the master of lies, the devil. It is not reasonable that scholars like Professor Dawkins would write such abusive type of books about a myth. The obnoxious and hateful attitude of atheists and others towards God is only because He is real.
Were the Bible a book of morals, it would long ago have gone out of fashion and faded into oblivion. The Bible is about eternal destinations, and the devil, who influences society and mounts these attacks against the Bible, knows very well what it is about. That is why he is always busy instigating people against the Bible. His goal: to alienate as many people as possible from God.
Back to the God-hating professor: God will never coerce him or force him. God only woos, or invites. He does not ravish.
There are only two eternal destinations after death, heaven and hell. Any person who doesn’t like God or wouldn’t be seen dead or alive in God’s presence, has made the decision about life after death himself: he will not be comfortable in heaven in the presence of almighty God. God has to grant such a person his wishes. As there is only one other dwelling besides heaven, it means that such a person will be in hell. God doesn’t send people to hell, they decide themselves that the place of torment is their preference. They firmly lock the door of hell from the inside to make very sure they are not near God.
Conclusion: The person who hates God will spend an eternity without Him. The myth that hell is one big party is a lie of the devil: it will be hell. Still, to atheists and others it is better than God’s presence. God has to oblige them by agreeing that their will be done, namely to be far away from Him. They will have their way, for all eternity. Whether they always understand what this implies, we can only doubt, since no thinking person would make such a foolish choice (‘The fool says in his heart, “There is no God”’ Psalm 14:1). It is another proof of the reality of satanic deception: better the eternal torment in hell than eternal peace, joy and happiness with God. How sad, we can only pray that these people will come to their senses before they die.
N Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Baker Books, 1999, Hell, p 310-315.