Is God unable to save everyone he loves? Here’s more thought on a delicate subject.
In reading about the life of the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, one cannot help being struck by the enormity of what a failure it all was. There were grand and glorious promises made to the Hebrew people about their life in their promised land, but the writings of Moses also contained prophecies about a crashing destruction that would come upon their nation in the end. What was God doing? Why would he create such a grand experiment in the life of humanity knowing that it would only end in failure and tragedy? Was God unable to make such a great and elaborate plan a success rather than a failure? The answer, of course, is made plain in the New Testament. God’s full intention was to show and prove to all people that man has sinned against the God who made him and fully deserves eternal death. It was and still is a hard lesson to learn.
In our world today man still has not fully understood what it was that the failure of Israel taught us — that man cannot save himself by being “good” and keeping laws — or even by making correct decisions. Even a large part of the Christian community today believes in a religious system that leaves the far greater part of humanity in a burning hell rather than “saved” because they have not “done” something to make themselves acceptable to God.
To many Christians today God is a failure. He means well, but He just can’t get what He wants. He supposedly wants to save the whole world of humanity from hell, but that obviously is not happening; and people that he (supposedly) dearly loves are being separated from him for eternity. Popular Christian belief today requires that a person must first hear the gospel, believe it, then repent and confess their sin. Then they can become born again and go to heaven. The truth is , however, that for the first 4,000 years of human history there was no New Testament gospel as we have it today. And even in modern times the greater part of the world’s population still has not heard it.
Has Israel’s failure to save themselves in Old Testament times now become God’s failure in our time? The choice of heaven or hell is now (supposedly) in the hands of man. God is excluded from the contest (gamble). He wants everybody to be eternally “saved,” but the losses are terrible, and hell is filling up with unbelievers who do not choose God. What can God do? He is powerless. He made the rules and now He must abide by them. Will He grieve forever because people He loves are in a state of eternal torment? Is this the God we believe in? Is something wrong?
Radio Pastor Loren Henry Wilson