TL:DR – He gave us a free will and we chose sin, therefore, since the wages of sin is death and God is a just God who keeps His promises He must allow a place like hell to exist. He doesn’t want anyone to perish but will not force Himself upon us. He deeply longs for us to know and follow Him and He takes great delight in us. The joy and glory we bring to Him must outweigh the horrible reality of some having eternal punishment in hell.
- God created us for His glory and pleasure. God didn’t create us to punish us in hell, we were created for His glory and His pleasure
Isaiah 43:7everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made., Isaiah 62:5As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you., Zeph3:17The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
- He gave us a free will. Instead of forcing us into a right relationship with Himself. He gave us a choice, but He longs for us to choose Him.
2 Peter 3:9The 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., Joshua 24:15But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household,we will serve the Lord., Genesis 2:16-17And the Lord God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.', Rev 3:20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
- We chose sin
The problem entered with Eve’s choice of sin in the Garden Of Eden and now continues in the souls of all of us. The problem of sin is so large and so unholy we can’t even imagine the ramifications of that. Nor can sin be allowed in eternity with God. The reality and the thought of hell is horrible and yet gives us a glimpse of the incredibly horrible nature of our sin and what we truly deserve.
Genesis 3:1-19, Romans 3:23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
- Therefore there is a consequence of that sin
If God wouldn’t allow hell or even if He would annihilate unbelievers (there’s some who hold to that theology) after the judgment day than He wouldn’t be a just God. There wouldn’t be a real punishment for sin. He couldn’t give justice to injustice. Since there is sin in existence and the wages of sin is eternal death, there has to be a place where this eternal death and punishment will be carried out.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”- Romans 6:23
- The Lord doesn’t desire ANY to perish
It is clear in the Bible that God longs for us in our free will to choose to follow Him. It’s also clear He doesn’t desire anyone to perish.
“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
see also Ezekiel 33:11Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’
- God gave us a way out
There is a redemption plan! There is a way we can have eternal life instead of eternal death. Having that option alone demonstrates God’s incredible love and grace for us. It also shows us how much He longs for us to be with Him in right relationship for eternity. Since He gave His son for us we can escape the horrible and very real reality of hell. There’s no redemption plan for satan or the fallen angels/his demons. We were given a second chance. Instead of focusing on the horrible reality of hell and why our God would allow it if some might spend eternity there, we should focus on the better question of ‘why would a righteous, perfect and holy God allow us to spend eternity with him?’ In addition the fact we are aware of the eternal punishment of hell is one in which is so gruesome that it pushes us to share our faith with others so that they too can choose eternal life instead.
Romans 10:9-10If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved., John 1:12-13Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God., Romans 3:23-26for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus., John 3:16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life., Rev 19:1-3After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: 'Hallelujah!
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.'
And again they shouted: 'Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.', Romans 9:2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.