For 50+ years of Josh speaking to people all over the world, one of the top three questions Josh is asked is: “How can a loving God send someone to hell?”
What if we asked that question differently?
“How can a Holy, Righteous God ever allow a sinful individual into His presence?”
Over all the years, close to 50 years traveling to high school, university students, lay audiences all over the world, one of the top three questions I am ever asked, and if you are a Christian, probably one of the biggest questions you are ever asked is this: “How can a loving God send anyone to hell?” I mean, I would say probably 3,000 times I have had people put that question to me.
“Come on Josh, if God is so loving; how can He send a sinful individual to hell? How can you send someone to hell? I do not want to serve a God like that.”
But you know what is interesting? In about 50 years, I do not think I have ever had anyone ask me this question. I wonder if you ever have. Instead of saying, “How can a loving God send anyone to hell?” No one has ever asked me this question: “How can a Holy, Righteous God ever allow a sinful individual into His presence?”
That is just as justified a question as the other; and yet I do not think anyone has ever asked me that question. Do you know why? And this might be true of your life: I have learned that most people in the world and even Christians are thinking about God is more Anthropocentric in nature. You say, “Well what do you mean by that?”
Anthro – man. Centric – centered. We are man-centered. Do you realize most of the theology of everyone is centered around man, man, me, I?
When in reality we should first be Theocentric. Now what does that mean? Theo – God. Centric – centered. We should be God-centered.
We almost always look at God’s work on the cross man-ward. We almost never ever look at it God-ward. And if you think theology anthropocentric, then I will guarantee you, you are going to have so many wrong, un-Biblical concepts; and it will affect even your relationship and how you walk with Him.
Then how should we think about God?
1. What is one of the top three questions that audiences ask Josh?
2. What might a more appropriate question be?
3. What does anthropocentric mean?
4. What does Theocentric mean?
5. What do you see when you look at God’s work on the cross?
6. How will this affect your relationship with God?
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