Why would God create a place such as hell to torture sinners forever when he foreknew who would disappoint him

Why would God create a place such as hell to torture sinners forever when he foreknew who would disappoint him?


-Some say you have a choice, but this misses the point. If God hates sin so much, why create Adam and Eve when he knew they'd sin? The only conclusion I can come up with, if Yaweh exists, is that he wanted sin to enter the world.

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  • Micah
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    There is a hell, but it is not a horrible place like Christendom teaches. Death is likened to sleeping in the Bible. Jesus's friend Lazarus had died and this is the account at Luke 11:11-14: "These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. The Bible tells us that the dead do not feel anything

    Eccl.9:10: " For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing--"

    So the dead are not suffering--only in a deep sleep until God through his Son resurrects them back to life and there will be a resurrection of both good & bad people. Acts 24:15: "And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

    Hell is the common grave of mankind--Jesus has the keys of death and hell. He will resurrect all who are in hell and then they will be judged--some to everlasting life and the rest will be put out of existance. God is love and would never torture imperfect humans-

    Satan tries to paint God as sadistic and cruel. This he has accomplished through the false teachings of Christendom.

  • Marty
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Your question is faulty. Sinners who do not change their ways will not burn forever; the Bible clearly teaches that they will burn until they become ashes. But it does say that "the SMOKE of their torment shall rise forever and ever."

    Also, you make a faulty assumption by saying that God wanted sin to enter this world. When he created the world, he made an allowance for the possibility. If that possibility was not present then we would all be like animals or robots. He gave us the opportunity to choose whom we would serve.

    As far as the idea that He knew who would be saved and who would be lost before the creation is still being debated. The Bible says that he "knows the end from the beginning." It also says that he desires for "all men to come to repentance", and he does not want anyone to perish.

    To me, it doesn't make sense that we have to go through this whole display and all of the trials if our destiny was decided before we were born. I have to calm myself knowing that the human way of thinking if not God's way of thinking and that I will be able to understand it someday.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hell is not a created place, it is a spiritual state of existance in which you suffer the eternal wrath of God. It is not a torture chamber where you undergo physical pain. There won't be any physical pain, since you will no longer have a physical body. The pain of Hell comes from the perpetual hopeless knowledge of one's guilt without the benefit of denial and excuses. Hell is what happens when God is finally done giving you chances.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because that thought is a lie taught by churches to malign God and misconstrue his true identity. It's part of free will God made Adam and Eve in his image. Part of that was to create their own existence and choose for themselves whether to serve God or not. God did not want to force them. He warned them of the consequence and because he gave them free will he did not choose to not exercise his ability of foreknowledge and allow them to choose. There is no hellfire. God would never burn people forever in a fiery hell. He does however destroy the wicked and will. This just means that they die a permanent death and do not have a chance to live again forever on a Paradise Earth.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hell was created for the devil and his angels when they were banished from heaven. People have a choice to follow God because He gave us everything we need to make it into heaven, even the power of the Holy Ghost and the precious blood of His son Jesus. Sin can't enter into heaven...at all. The Bible says hell has enlarged itself to accommodate unbelievers and people who chose to follow satan. However, we don't have to fall. As for Adam and Eve, satan in the form of a serpent persuaded her to disobey God's word. God had to give us a choice or else He would be a dictator and we would be robots, serving a God that we didn't choose to love and obey, but rather forced to love and obey.

    Source(s): i thought about this when i first became a christian
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    God created hell for Satan and his demons. They wanted to be greater than God and he had created them. So he chucked them out of heaven to our lovely planet and he gave the devil hell to rule. He gave us free will because He wants only those who accept Jesus. He does not one person to go to hell however we have our free will. There isn't anyone that God doesn't want, but there are many who do not want Him. About the foreknew part, I do not understand either except that he has a plan and we are all in it.

  • 1 decade ago

    That which we call Hell is a place for those who decide they want to reject God and be absent from him.

    God foreknows who these are and, no doubt, is greatly saddened.

    (God) is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

    2 Peter 3:9

    Whatever Hell is like, and scripture is very unclear on this, no-one has to go there - they can accept Jesus as Saviour. The fact that God foreknows their rejection does not make automatons of them: they still have free will.

  • 4 years ago

    Goodness you certain believe each little thing people advised you. How about expertise that NO HUMAN is easily-known with some thing!!! GOD IS GOD - no longer an leisure equipment or besides the actuality that that folk can seem up on web page 34 what they're to do to achieve their advantages. people make a majority of those diverse rituals and sayings - yet come on - imagine. a minimum of imagine for your self somewhat. GOD judges each man or woman as they on my own need to be. advantages or punishment on my own are between the soul and GOD. people (the leaders of tribes, international places, etc.) favor the unwashed 1000's to act even as alive and under no circumstances scouse borrow or damage one yet another. The rules are 1000's of years old and people nonetheless won't be able to stay by using them. I surely do no longer comprehend how GOD takes humanities indifference to helping others. plausible wager that GOD as a loving be certain may be unhappy. Who needs to make their mum and dad unhappy? So people made rules - and in case you damage the rules there are outcomes. it isn't any longer demanding to understand. now and again your despatched to mattress without supper; now and again your grounded - each soul is rewarded or punished in yet differently. yet all are loved and doubtless in heaven - no man or woman is easily-known with. Peace.

  • 1 decade ago

    Heaven and Hell are controls over the ignorant masses. Why bother listening to the religious unless you believe obedience leads to a desirable eternal existence and disobedience leads to an undesirable eternal existence?

    The concepts of heaven and hell were invented by humans seeking power over others.

    Note that the loss of belief in these concepts leads naturally to a loss of power of the religious over us.

    And because religion is so mired in its own 'truth' it is unable to adapt to provide a moral structure that works without the promise of heaven and the threat of hell.

  • 1 decade ago

    Current Christian teachings are plainly erroneous.

    No God-like being would create billions of people just to throw them into a pit of fire for eternity. The idea is stupid.

    It is just a threat to get people to keep the commandments.

    It isn't working anymore though because Christians no longer think the commandments are important. They think if they praise Jesus they are saved regardless of their actions.

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