Would God send you to hell?
Short answer: no, He won’t.
But you might.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God loves mankind. He sent Jesus to die on the cross for one reason: to reconcile mankind to Himself so that man can have everlasting life.
“Whosoever believeth in Him” will not perish. Those who don’t believe in Him will perish.
Short of this reconciliation, man is destined for hell. Not because God is sending him there, but because the man is on a path there by choice.
God created man with a free will — a will to choose good from evil, blessing from cursing, Life from Death (see Deuteronomy 30:19). Man began in the Garden of Eden, in perfection, in a perfect relationship with God. It was man who succumbed to sin and fell, tainting all of mankind. Man set his own course and that course leads away from God and toward hell and eternal separation from God.
What God did do in His love for mankind is to offer a way to rectify the relationship, to meet up with the required justice, to rid ourselves of the sin that taints us and separates us from God. He sent His only begotten Son to die a hideous death on the cross, to shed His blood because shed blood is the only way to atone for one’s sins. There is life in the blood, and sacrificing one life in the place of another life is the only way to save the latter. Jesus became that perfect sacrificial lamb and gave His own life to save ours.
But it is not a forced condition. Mankind does not automatically become saved simply because it is offered. No, God made us with a free will, and through our free will we must make a choice: Blessing or Cursing, Life or Death.
If one does not choose to accept Jesus’ offer of salvation it doesn’t mean that God will pick him up and cast him into hell and ultimately the lake of fire. No, a person’s unsaved path simply leads them there. God is telling them how to exit that path and become saved from their sin.
Is God a Loving God?
Yes, He is. But God is also Holy. And being Holy, He is righteous. In His righteousness he offers justice. You see, God is perfect. His righteousness is perfect. There is not a flaw in it. He doesn’t back away from being righteous sometimes so that He can “enjoy” sin. He is righteous — perfectly righteous. And so His justice is also perfect.
Bottom line: God expects perfection. He expects us to be perfect and sinless. He expects us to be perfectly righteous. In His position as judge He will judge us against a perfect measurement: sinlessness.
We cannot stand in His presence unless we are. So how do we have a chance of this?
The answer is in the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ on your behalf. Jesus willingly came down to this earth and gave His life — shed His blood — for you and me. You see Jesus was our substitute. He stood in our place and took our punishment. He took on our sins, scripture says He became sin for us (2 Cor 5:21) and He took them far away from us, never to return to us.
And now Jesus is with the Father, an advocate on our behalf, so that when the devil makes accusations against us, about our stumbling sins, Jesus steps up and says “Father, I have washed this one in my Blood.”. As a result you are clean with no sin that the Father will hold against you. Jesus paid for it already.
1 John 3:9
Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
If you are born of God scripture teaches us that you do not sin. In fact, you cannot sin. But other parts of the Bible tell us that we, our old man in particular, are led into sin. So which is it? Well, 1 John 3:9 is talking about our position in Christ as seen by God the Father. The Father simply cannot see sin in us because He is looking at us through the Blood of Christ Jesus. Jesus’ blood is sufficient.
There is still sufficient reason that you must repent of your sin, even after salvation. This isn’t the place to discuss that (for further reading see my post Sin and Grace).
So, yes, God loves you. He is a loving and gracious God. He created man to have relationship with Him. He created man with a free will so that man could freely show that he wanted this relationship, that he freely loved God. Nothing is forced here. Man, in turn, used that freedom to venture away from God and chase after things in the curse. Why? Because some of those things feel good to our flesh; they entice us; they seduce us and make us feel good. But the end result of the curse is that we entwine ourselves in sin. And sin brings death. It is your choice, and the choice of death will only lead to hell and eternal separation from God.
God loves you. God is righteous and holy, and expects us to follow suit, to aim for (and to achieve) righteousness. On our own we could never do it. Our nature is sinful and our choices now will be chase the carnal. But we have an advocate who has cleansed us from our sins, taken them away in fact, and has robed us in His righteousness. He has made us holy. He has made us worthy to stand before God without spot or wrinkle.
If you are on a path to hell, don’t say that God is sending you there. God requires perfection. You can’t live up to such perfection, but God has given you a way out in the sacrifice of Christ Jesus on the cross where He shed His blood for you and me. Simply by accepting Him as your Lord and Savior your sins will not be imputed to you — they will not be held to your account. You are declared innocent of sin.
If you do not accept the free gift offered then you cannot enter into the kingdom of God — and in this you would be continuing on your path to hell. God does not make this choice for you. This is your choice.