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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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

SEE ALSO: 10 Things People Who Look 12 Hate Hearing

4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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13 Times '@themacrobarista' Saved My Morning

Craving a sugary caramel macchiato before class while trying to achieve your summer bod? @themacrobarista on Insta has your remedy!

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We've all been there...Starbucks addicts who know we're paying the price for the drinks we choose on our hips. What if I told you that you could drink all the pumpkin spice lattes and caramel macchiatos you wanted...but guilt-free?

Here are 13 ways to order modified Starbucks drinks that will save your morning and save you some cals (brought to you be @themacrobarista):

1. Iced Caramel Macchiato

Venti Cold Brew

1 pump caramel syrup

4 pumps of sugar free vanilla syrup

Light cream

Light caramel drizzle

Disclaimer: this one is my favorite and definitely my 'go-to' in the morning!

2. Pink Drink

Venti Passion Tango iced tea (unsweetened)

Ask for strawberry infusion

Light coconut milk

1 scoop of strawberries

2 Stevia/Splenda

3. Cinnamon Shortbread Latte

Grande Blonde cafe Misto

1 pump brown butter shortbread syrup

2 pumps sugar free vanilla syrup

Steamed almond milk

Add cinnamon powder on top

4. Iced Mocha

Grande Cold Foam Cold Brew

1 pump skinny mocha sauce

2 pumps sugar free vanilla

Ask for Cold Foam made with sugar free vanilla

Light cream

5. Vanilla Green Tea Latte

Grande Iced Green Tea Latte

Substitute almond milk

1 scoop of Matcha

3 pumps sugar free vanilla

MIX IT UP and enjoy!

6. Caramel Iced Coffee

Grande unsweetened iced coffee

1 pump caramel syrup

3 pumps sugar free vanilla

Light cream

7. Coffee Frappuccino

Grande Coffee LIGHT Frappuccino

One extra pump of Frappuccino roast (adds 50 cents--optional)

Almond milk

2 pumps Frappuccino base syrup

One Stevia/Splenda

8. Blonde Vanilla Cappuccino

Grande Blonde cappuccino

Substitute almond milk

Sugar free vanilla syrup

1 Stevia/Splenda

Optional: light caramel drizzle

9. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Grande Iced Chai Tea Latte

2.5 pumps of chai

Substitute coconut milk

LIGHT water (this requires water, but it normally doesn't get water)

Two Splenda (optional)

10. Iced Salted Caramel Mocha

Grande Cold Brew

1 pump sugar free vanilla

1.5 pumps of toffee nut

1 pump skinny mocha

Light cream

11. Peppermint Mocha

Tall Americano (in a Grande cup)

1 pump of mocha

1 pump of peppermint

Steamed almond milk

1-2 Stevia/Splenda

12. Pumpkin Spice Latte 

Tall Blonde Americano (in Grande cup)

1 pump of pumpkin sauce

3 pumps sugar free vanilla

Steamed almond milk

XTRA pumpkin spice topping ;)

13. Caramel Brûlée Latte

Grande Americano (only 2 shots)

2 pumps of caramel brûlée syrup

2 pumps sugar free vanilla

Steamed coconut milk (half water/half milk)

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