Does God Create Some People For Hell?

by Dale Partridge

Does God create people for hell? A better way to ask this question might be, “Does God still create people even when He knows they will never exercise saving faith in Jesus Christ? If so, how should Christians view this in light of the fact that God is love?

In other words, how can a loving God allow people to go to hell? Isn’t God all-powerful? Psalm 135:6 says, “Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.” If God can do whatever He pleases and people still die rejecting the Gospel, does this mean that God isn’t interested in saving certain people?

These are all deep and delicate questions that push the boundaries of revealed theology. However, in this episode, pastor Dale Partridge attempts to unpack this discussion and offer a few different perspectives for Christians to humbly consider.

This Episode’s Question

“The more I study the Scriptures the more I come to the conclusion that God is sovereign, omniscient, and omnipotent. When you realize this in light of salvation this is easy to swallow. However, when you realize this in light of the fact that people go to hell, it’s harder to embrace. My question for you is, If God knows all things before they come about, does God create people even though He knows they will ultimately go to hell?”

Jonathan -Quebéc, Canada

Additional Resources

Scripture References

  • Psalm 135:6

    “Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.”

  • Isaiah 46:9-10

    “I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’”

  • 1 John 3:20

    “For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”

  • Psalm 147:5

    “Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”

  • Romans 3:11-12

    “11 None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.””

  • Psalm 68:20

    “Our God is the God of salvation; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.”

  • Psalm 3:8

    “Salvation belongs to the Lord…”

  • Psalm 135:6

    “Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.”

  • Genesis 18:25

    “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”

  • Psalm 25:8

    “Good and upright is the Lord…”

  • Mark 10:18

    “And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”

  • Deuteronomy 29:29

    “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us.”

  • Proverbs 25:2

    “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.”

  • Romans 9:10-24

    “And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?”

  • John 6:37

    “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”

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