Why would a good and all powerful God make some people who were destined for hell?

The question has been asked, “Why would a good and all powerful God make some people who were destined for hell?”.

The answer is simple, but not one most people would like to hear. I will first answer in the form of a question:

Why make a bar of soap, when you know it will be destroyed through its intended use? Because it was made to be used to make people clean. 

Why make a whetstone, when running a knife over it will eventually wear it through and destroy it as it sharpens the knife?  Because it was made to sharpen a knife. That was the reason for which it was created.

Why does a good and all powerful God allow suffering? Because it is used to bring us and others to faith and to discipline and grow us.

Not everyone is destined for heaven. Some are destined for hell. This is what scripture tells us.

We have to realize that God has predestined some people to destruction.

1 Peter 2:8

and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

John 17:12

12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled

God has made everything for its own purpose – even the wicked.
Pro 16:4

The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

In fact, enemies of the cross of Christ are destined to destruction.

Philippians 3:18-19

18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.

God’s plan includes Satan and what he will do. In GOD’s time, the demons will be sent to the lake of fire and brimstone.

Revelation 20:10

And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

In fact, whatever we have obtained as an inheritance, it was because it was predestined by God to works everything according to the counsel of HIS will.

Ephesians 1:11

also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,



There is no choice after death – again, what scripture says.
Hebrews 9:27

And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

I dont think Adam and Eve had free will to not sin. It was destined – otherwise there would have been no need forGod’s perfect and all encompassing plan to include the life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. It was planned from before the beginning. 

Realize that if God gives someone to Christ, they WILL come to Christ. So, if you were given to Christ, did you really have a choice?

John 6:37

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.

Realize that NO ONE can come to Jesus unless God calls him. So how much choice does someone really have if they cant choose unless God makes it possible for them and that for those God has made it possible, God has guaranteed will come? You couldn’t come to Christ without the Father sending Jesus and without the Father drawing/calling you and you must come If the Father sends you to Jesus.

John 6:44

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.

If you were not given permission by God, you could not come to Christ.

John 6:65

And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

God gifts us with faith. 

Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

God works in us to desire and to do as HE desires.

Philippians 2:13

for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Jews, and the Gentiles ALL played the part that GOD predestined them to play so Jesus would be born when and where He was born, live his life, suffer and die and be resurrected on the third day.

Acts 4:27-28

27 For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.

So, God planned things out from the beginning. This plan included everything. God makes all things work according to HIS purpose. People are created for a purpose. Some will be given faith in Christ, while others will not. And that is on purpose. It was all planned for, and God works his plan to ensure the desired outcome is what happens.


3 Responses

  1. So what of free will? Every thing you said makes sense, you back up with scripture, which I appreciate. But tell me, I thought God made us to have free will, to be different from the Angels that had no choice, He wanted us to choose to love him…now this is saying he planned it all. Is that not the same as taking our free will?

    • I wonder how free our will is. I dont see where we are told we have free will. What I see is that we are told to make choices. I am not sure how those choices are influenced by God and by our past (Which God influenced) and by our own nature. I am uncertain as to the level of free will we actually have. I think there’s a tension, but scripture tells us God’s plans will happen even if we make our own plans.

      Do you see scripture which shows we have free will that prevents God’s will from occurring? Or just free will at all?

      Also, we are made differently from the angels – one third of them fell when they chose to follow Satan. That seems like a choice they made, but I wonder how free they were to make it. In the same way, how free are we to make our choices.

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