Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, said on Danika Patrick’s show, “I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet to a fiery Hell.” This is an increasingly popular view as the world is becoming less Christian and more non-religious. The common question is, “If God loves everyone, why would He allow bad things to happen to good people, and condemn mankind to Hell to be tortured for eternity?” This is a very valid question, as it doesn’t seem like a very loving thing to do. Does God really love mankind? Let’s break it down.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”2 Peter 3:9
Why Would God Send Anyone to Hell?
Hell is described in the Bible as a place of, “blackness of darkness forever”, and, “the fire that never shall be quenched”. The Word of God mentions Hell on several occasions, and it is always representing an eternal death and separation from God, and as a place of torment and terror. However, there is nowhere in the Bible that God ever takes any pleasure in throwing people into eternal Hell. This isn’t something He wanted to do. Hell was never meant for mankind, but was created for the devil and his angels. The penalty of death in Hell is something that mankind brought upon themselves.
Adam and Eve, the first man and first woman, while in the Garden of Eden disobeyed God’s only law, which He had set a penalty for already. That penalty for disobeying God’s law is death (Genesis 2:17). Adam and Eve, knowing that they would die, disobeyed anyway, and because of that everyone is born in sin (Job 14:1) and is condemned from birth (John 3:18). We all owe a sin debt and the payment for that debt is death (Romans 6:23).
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
This question assumes that people are at least generally good. The assumption is incorrect, the Bible says that our hearts, “…are deceitful and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9) The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Christ said to a young man who approached Him, “…there is none good but one, that is, God.”With that said, we can now re-assess the given question. Bad things don’t happen to good people, because there are no good people, only corrupted people who are capable of doing good things. Bad things only happen to bad people, because all people are bad. I realize that this sounds terrible and pessimistic, but it’s the truth. However, God loves all of us despite our sin-nature, despite our deceitful and desperately wicked hearts, He still loves all of us.
God Loves All People
Christ said John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, than a man lay down his life for his friends.” Christ did exactly that for all mankind. Remember the payment owed by all people alike is death. Christ came, and in love, gave His life willingly on the cross in our place and died as if He were us.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures…I Corinthians 15:3-4
God promised in His Word, that if you admit your inability to pay for your sin debt, and recognize that Christ died on the cross for you in your place, and believe that God had raised Christ from the dead (thus proclaiming complete and total victory over death), He would hear you and give you eternal life and dwell in you as a comfort for you.
God loves the whole world. In no way does God desire the perishing of any people in a fiery Hell. Instead, God has come and made a way to escape Hell, by dying in our place for us, and raising Christ from the grave to conquer death and Hell. Now anyone will believe in Christ as our all-sufficient payment for our sin-debt, will be given eternal life, as God has promised.