Dear Aaron Rodgers, God does not want to send people to hell.

I read an article recently about the Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers. He said he doesn’t believe in God because he doesn’t understand how people can call God “loving” and “kind” while this same God wants people to go to hell.

Ugh. I’ve heard this before. This perspective always turns my stomach a bit. So let me take a few moments to address this misconception.

To Aaron or anyone else asking this question, if you read this, I hope these words shed some light on the nature of who God is and why He most certainly does not want anyone to go to hell.

Let’s start with the most famous passage in the Bible and the verses following it.

“For God so loved the world that HE SENT His only son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES in Him, SHALL NOT PERISH but have eternal life. For God, DID NOT SEND the Son into the world to JUDGE the world, but that the world MIGHT BE SAVED THROUGH HIM. He who believes in Him is NOT JUDGED; he who does not believe has been judged already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son.” John 3:16-18

Ok, so let’s be clear. The words above were from Jesus Himself. He said He did not come into the world to judge the world but to save it.

He stepped out of heaven, the most amazing place in the universe, and surrendered Himself to be RAISED BY sinful, fickle humans.

He turned over His royalty for a time, in the sense that He could’ve come into the world as a rich king, but He chose not to.

He lived a life where he worked hard and surrendered Himself to learning from The Father on a daily basis.

He was tempted in wilderness, mocked by crowds, almost thrown off cliffs and stoned.

THEN

He chose to go to the cross. He chose to let the people He was dying for drive spikes through His hands. At ANY moment He could’ve put an end to all the pain He endured and called down the fire of God to consume the sinners spitting on him and mocking him while He hung naked on a cross.

But. He. Didn’t.

He came all the way to earth to create an escape plan for us when we had no way of making one for ourselves. He came to earth to die for us. He died on the cross so we didn’t have to AND…. He gave us a free pass to eternal peace and joy with Him.

We could’ve have never earned or deserve this pass or even fathomed a way to obtain it. Yet, Jesus made the way for us to have and receive it freely.

But there are still people who focus so much on their ability to send themselves to eternal damnation that they can’t see Gods enormous efforts to freely give them eternal peace.

Let me be clear. God does not want anyone to go to hell. He went to so many lengths to make sure we don’t have to. But He is a God of love. Love is never manipulated, forced or contrived. It has to be a choice. Kind of like the choice Jesus made to submit Himself to suffering so we could be set free.

Jesus always gives us a choice. He did His part to make His love known by His choices. So all that’s left is for you and I to decide is if we will choose Him.

He will never force you to go to hell… or to heaven. But please understand, He is the goodness in the universe. He is the light. The truth and the love. If you don’t choose Him by default you choose hell. Because without God in your eternity, all that’s left is evil.

But the great news is, He made a way for you to never have to endure the agony of hell. He made a way for you to be free now.

He loves you. But you have to decide if you want to love Him back.

If you need help walking through this decision, please reach out. I’d be happy to talk with you more.

AKH 💙

*the picture is mine & from the street in Jerusalem where Jesus was scourged and his blood ran through the stones before he carried the cross*

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  1. Thanks for your reply to Aaron Rogers, whether he sees it or not. I also left a short response, somewhat in line with what apologist Frank Turek would have said:

    “God doesn’t want to send most of the planet to hell. He, however, being a loving God, will not force you to spend eternity with Him, against your will.”

    I assume that Arron came from a Jehovah Witness background, as he mentioned that God was only planning on bringing 144,000 to heaven. May God open his heart and reveal His True Truth to him.

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