Does This Attribute Prevent God From Saving Everyone?

Does This Attribute Prevent God From Saving Everyone?

Does This Attribute Prevent God From Saving Everyone?

1882 Posts



How does God’s desire for all to be saved square with the doctrine of Hell or the idea of Annihilationism? Does his perfect justice prevent him from getting what he most desires? Greg and Amy answer.

#STRask #StandtoReason #Apologetics #Christianity #Theology #BibleQuestionsandAnswers

——————————– CONNECT ——————————–

STR University:​​​​​
STR App:

Have a question or comment? Call Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason live Tuesdays 4-6pm Pacific Time – (855) 243-9975. If you’d like to submit an #STRask question, fill out the online form here:

———————————- GIVE ———————————-

Support the work of Stand to Reason:​​​​​​


8 thoughts on “Does This Attribute Prevent God From Saving Everyone?

  1. Awaitingthetrumpetcall

    Your dog will wag its tail every time it sees you, guaranteed. You may want a person to love you but you can't 'make' a person love you. If they don't love you then it's likely that they don't even want to be around you in which case you should let them go.

    July 12, 2022 at 10:23 pm Reply
  2. Jenna

    "Perfect justice"? It wasn't "just" for god to tell Adam "Ye shall surely die" when Adam could not have possibly had a conception of what death was because it didn't exist yet. It wasn't "just" to allow a dangerous tree in the same place where Adam's food was. Would you put a salt shaker of rat poison next to your child's plate? He let in a dangerous reptile WITHOUT arming Adam with even a shovel to dispatch the thing. Up to then, all the animals were his friends (even offered as a wife, but let's not start on THAT craziness). THEN when the two make a mistake, he chastises them and throws them out without any tools, knowledge of how to get food, NOTHING but the clothes on their backs. If that's not perversion of "justice" enough, he then invokes the curse of sin on every human being going forward. That's not justice. That goes against even the bible later: the children shall not die for the sins of the fathers. Hello? That's psychopathic narcissism, proved out by "Love me or I'll throw you into a conscious eternal torment." And trust me: I was right there, parroting the party line: "God doesn't send people to hell. People send themselves to hell." But why? Because your knitted-together self in your mother's womb also included being somehow ruined in your very DNA??? Just for drawing breath you're a vile human being? The first crack in my leaving Christianity was when my pastor's wife held my days' old son and proclaimed him condemned and fit for hell. This was before the internet so it took me a long time to figure out that I didn't agree with that. That it was stupid and UNJUST. I left and not looking back at all EXCEPT for the years I wasted believing that garbage. It's a sales program for Christianity based on fear and self-loathing. No, thanks.

    July 12, 2022 at 10:23 pm Reply
  3. Wanda Richard

    God's desire is for all to be saved but, he knows not everyone will believe. We all have freedom to believe or not. That's why its he desire…he wants his humanity to believe.

    July 12, 2022 at 10:23 pm Reply
  4. imkluu

    I think people get Hell wrong. Hell is the place of eternal punishment, which is that place where we are not living under the love of God. By this definition we are at this time living in hell as we are separated from God, and not living by God's Will. Only thru the acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, repentance and accepting God's Grace can we proclaim our choice to live in God's Will, and be awarded eternal life in Heaven.
    God does not send anyone to Hell. God invites us all to choose Heaven, but God has given us free will, and if we choose to not be with God then there has to be another place where we can go after death. God does judge us in the end, showing us al the decisions we have made in life and how we have chosen where we want to go for eternity. If you do not choose God, then the choice is Hell, or oblivion, to cease existing.
    God desires us all to choose God, and Heaven.
    Some believe that a third choice is to be reincarnated, having chosen to not join with God in Paradise, but to return to Earth, which is Hell, to continue to be punished by being separated from God until finally ready to repent.

    July 12, 2022 at 10:23 pm Reply
  5. 🌱Christian Motivation Media

    “And all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”2 Timothy 3:12,13

    July 12, 2022 at 10:23 pm Reply
  6. Unacceptable Sigman Floyd

    ~ God wants people to love him on their own.

    If he made us love him, then there would be no gratification for him.

    Let's look at it this way, say you really loved a person and you wanted them to love you back. Now let's also say that you are a multimillionaire, would you tell that person right up front about your riches or would you wait until you were certain that yhey first loved you for yourself and not your money.
    See, if God suddenly appeared in front of us, of course we're going to believe in him but God wants us to believe in him without being 100% sure that he exists. This why he weeds out those who are doubting thomases.

    July 12, 2022 at 10:23 pm Reply
  7. Jabber Jaw

    He would have to stomp on our free will in order to save us all. He will never force anyone. So, part of the issue with the question is assuming everyone wants to be saved.

    July 12, 2022 at 10:23 pm Reply
  8. 3IN1SDG

    Proper hermeneutical interpretation. Excellent!

    July 12, 2022 at 10:23 pm Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.