Why Would A Loving God Send Anyone To Hell?

Why Would A Loving God Send Anyone To Hell?

"If you don't choose God, you choose the enemy."
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Every Christian knows that God is good and loving and caring. We know this because we know Him. From a non-believer's point of view, it may be difficult to understand that if God is as good as He is, why He would send people to hell.

The first thing to understand is that God doesn't want anyone to go to Hell. "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. " (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

The second thing to understand is that God gave us free will. Since we have free will, we have the right to choose between God and Satan. God has made this pretty fair, actually. Essentially, He said, choose me and I will give you eternal life and everlasting love, but if you don't choose me, you won't get that. That's pretty black and white: pick me or don't pick me; here are the consequences for both of those choices.

Therefore, God doesn't send us to Hell. That's your decision. Ultimately when you don't choose Jesus, you choose Satan, whether or not that's something you publicly proclaim. Choosing Satan is not the same thing as worshiping him. You send yourself to hell by not accepting and having a relationship with Christ, God's son and our savior. If you don't choose God, you choose the enemy.

When you choose God, you choose the authority over Satan and his demons. If you don't have authority through the blood of Jesus Christ, you leave the door open for Satan to take you. "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)

Jesus is basically Satan repellant. Like bug spray. When you spray yourself with mosquito repellant, the little pests can't get you. The repellent keeps them away.

Going back to what I mentioned before, "Ultimately when you don't choose Jesus, you choose Satan, whether or not that's something you publicly proclaim. Choosing Satan is not the same thing as worshiping him."

When you don't wear bug spray, does that mean you are asking mosquitos to swarm you? Of course not. Nobody likes that. However, if you're not wearing repellant, they will come after you and there will be nothing to ward them off. Thus, if you don't have Jesus, you don't have repellant to keep demons from taking you under.

Not choosing God is how Satan gets in and that's how you get sent to hell -- not by the desires of God, but by your own decision to go without repellant.

Cover Image Credit: Haiku Deck

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Annoying Things Your Boyfriend May Find Annoying

Let's admit it, us girls can send too many texts within under a minute or wanna take a lot, and I mean A LOT of selfies sometimes.

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Girls in a relationship can do some things that boyfriends find annoying, but do us girls find it annoying? Not at all!

1. Texting Him An Excessive Amount

This is something I will admit to doing! I'm the type of person who sometimes texts a little too much. I can explain myself though, I just feel the need to share my thoughts with my boyfriend. Like if I see a dog, I'll text him and say "OMG just passed the cutest dog!" as I'm sure the other girls do too.

2. Taking His Clothes

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Now, this is a big one for guys. There's just something more comfortable about guys clothing, and especially when it smells like your guy. I don't think they will ever realize that! It's so comforting to throw on your boyfriend's flannel and go to sleep, or just wear it around.

3. Expecting Him To Make All The Decisions

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I feel like some girls just expect the guys to make all the decisions and hate to break it to ya, boyfriends can't read minds and don't know what you're feeling.This is probably my boyfriend's biggest pet peeve because I always say, "Oh I don't know, up to you" but then we end up deciding together when I should've told him my ideas before.

4. Steals Your Food

Come on girls, how many times have we taken food from our boyfriends, saying "just one bite?"

5. Being Late To Everything

When I say being late to everything, I mean EVERYTHING. For me, being late to stuff is just a personality trait at this point.

Now, these things are just typical of girlfriends.

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