Response: The Scripture has clearly revealed that all people have sinned against God (Romans 3:23). The fact is, Grace is not fair—it’s Grace. Judgment and wrath is fair because it is what we all deserve. Furthermore, God is not responsible for our sin. Therefore, He did not merely send undeserving people to Hell. Anyone who goes to Hell deserves it.
2. If a person never hears the gospel, they are spared from the wrath of God because they never rejected Jesus.
Response: People do not go to Hell on the basis of rejecting Jesus alone, they go to Hell because they are sinners who have broken the righteous Law of God. It is their transgression against God that requires the wrath of God.
3. God loves the sinner and hates the sin.
Response: Does God judge sinners or just their sin? The rich man from Luke 16:19-31). Therefore, we must conclude that God both loves and hates at the same time, but He is committed to judging the sinner.
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