12. If God is love, how can He condemn some of His creatures to an eternity full of torments?




God will condemn the wicked to an eternity full of torments because He is “a righteous judge” (Psalm 7:11 – NIV). And, as you know very well, a righteous judge acquits the righteous and condemns the wicked.

God says that He “will not at all acquit the wicked” (Nahum 1:3 – NKJV. cf. Exodus 34:7) and that His eyes “are too pure to look on evil” (Habakkuk 1:13 – NIV); that’s why He punished the ancient world by bringing floodwaters on the earth, and He punished Sodom and Gomorrah by raining upon them brimstone and fire (just to mention some of His righteous judgements that He sent upon the wicked in ancient times). And the same God who punished the wicked in the days of Noah and the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Abraham, in that day will punish the wicked for their wickedness, as it is written: “I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity” (Isaiah 13:11 – NKJV) and He will judge them in righteousness (Psalm 9:8).

God stated that He will cast the wicked into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; here are His words: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). On that day, that is, when He judges men according to their works, anyone who will not be found written in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 20:15), that is, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). There the wicked will be tormented forever and ever (together with the devil who is their father, and the angels of Satan), as it is written: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment” (Matthew 25:46), and also: “They will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10 - NKJV). The judgement of God will be righteous and irreproachable, and we shall see it.

To God be the glory now and forever for His righteousness which is very high. Amen.