God Wouldn’t Allow Suffering in Hell

Something occurred to me in the last few years that when people say: “God wouldn’t allow people to suffer in hell.” Granted – while I believe there is suffering in hell, it is debatable, especially if we ignore Jesus teachings on hell.

However, here is what I DO know with certainty that is not up for debate or theological discussion;

God allows (terrible) suffering on earth of ‘innocent’ (I say ‘innocent’ as all are guilty of sin but some are not wicked in the sense that they still love and want God to rule over them) men, women, children and some would say animals too.

Therefore this should send us a clear warning that if we think God wouldn’t allow people to suffer in hell who ARE convicted as wicked against God – but he would allow suffering of people who are not wicked – that would be contradictory behaviour to say the least and God is not author of confusion and is the same today yesterday and tomorrow and just to all.

So now with that in mind, I no longer question this theology and that theology realising that there MUST be justice is God is good and he is. I look at what Jesus said on the matter – and he spoke of hell more than he did of heaven. Whilst it’s hard to comprehend the mystery of Gods salvation through suffering of the innocent – this indicates that to be just, the sufferings of the condemned wicked in hell, should greater than the sufferings he allowed of the innocent that loved goodness on earth.

The above is a bit wordy and probably could be summed up more simply as follows. It’s a sobering thought to ask yourself: if God allows suffering of innocent for a time on earth to display the wickedness af men’s hearts, what would he allow in hell to those that actively sought to perpetuate this wickedness?
On top of this, we know our God is good because He himself didn’t try and weasel out of suffering as he came to earth as a man in Christ.

The Narrow Way

Today, this was brought to my attention regarding the words used in Matthew 7:14;

‘Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (or ‘small is the gate and narrow is the the road that leads to life’ in other translations). Either way the word I want to highlight is ‘narrow’.

The word ‘narrow’ is #2346 in Strong’s (Thlibo) in the Greek. Thlibo is translated tribulation. So the verse could be read; tribulation is the way that leads to life. Look this up yourself – interesting to say the least. Perhaps few find the road that leads to life because few want tribulation. I will admit this is certainly my natural disposition but my gut feeling is that tribulation is related to purification and ‘proveing’ or trying of the saints which many have endured to varying degrees. If I make it to heaven I would certainly not have a problem with God handing a crown or crowns of life to any that suffered and gave their lives for their faith as they gave all.

My thoughts on this; I think that just because ‘narrow’ can be translated ‘tribulation’ does not mean we should change the words in the BIble as we are told not to add or take away from the words. However, we can all agree, regardless of translation of these words that tribulation would indeed be a narrow road and sought by few. I belive this is worth considering carefully.

In the end, wether we experience tribulation or not, we must not fear persecution or tribulation but belive that god will give us all that is necessary to withstand it if and when it comes, but pray that he delivers us from it.