Why would God destroy something He created?
Not everything that we create stays good forever. The cell phone I loved when I first got it, stops working, it no longer serves its purpose so we make a new one and toss the old one in the trash.
God created the Universe. But God says:
Isaiah 34:4 NKJV
All the host of heaven shall be dissolved,
And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll;
All their host shall fall down
As the leaf falls from the vine,
And as fruit falling from a fig tree.
So God will one day destroy the Universe when it no longer serves its purpose.
It is the same with the earth.
Psalms 102:25-28 NKJV
Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
They will perish, but You will endure;
Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will have no end.
28 The children of Your servants will continue,
And their descendants will be established before You.”
It is the same with human beings. Except that God loves every person with an indescribable love. He is like an incredibly attentive Father watching His child live and grow. He weeps when His child weeps. He rejoices when His child rejoices. Everything done to the child is taken personally. Everything done for the child is a debt the Father chooses to owe.
But like any good Father, when the child He loves goes bad, He labors to bring the child back to Himself. He looks to the good, and always sees only the good things about those precious ones, until He can bear it no longer.
Then His rage is against all the evil, but multiplied because the son was willfully evil and willfully rejected what could be known about His father.
As you grow older, you will have a choice to make about the man you will become. You will have the opportunity to model yourself after anyone you choose. The Christian chooses to model their life after the Father—to be like Him is our goal.
There are many who choose to reject God. In rejecting God, they reject all that God is and all that God represents.
I believe hell is more than a fiery place. The Hebrew writer describing Hell was describing the burning of everything discarded in the garbage dump outside the city of Jerusalem. Like the cell phone that stops functioning and no longer serves its purpose, a human being who rejects his purpose is good for nothing.
God grants that person what they have demanded. They do not want God so they go where God is hidden from them forever. But God is love. There is no love in hell. In His presence is fullness of joy. There is no joy in hell. God is patient. There is no patience in hell. God is kind. There is no kindness in hell.
Hell is God’s garbage dump and it is a place I do not wish on my worst enemy. God will freely forgive and receive any who will turn from their rebellion and willful sin and welcome Him into their life. God is eager for all to turn away from their own ways to follow His ways and become His children in word and deed.
Ken Van Horn is pastor of My Father’s House Family Church at 501 Broad Street in Cusseta, Georgia and author of the book: “A Greater Reward,” which is available from Amazon on Kindle. Send your questions in the form below. You may also contact him through Facebook or follow him on Twitter.