Forced Into Hell?

One question that has been plaguing my mind for many, many years is this: what happens to the people like Pharaoh from the story of Joseph and Judas Iscariot? It says in the Bible that God turned Pharaoh’s heart cold and he did bad stuff. Does that mean he goes to heaven because he did God’s will, or does he go to hell because he did bad stuff? Today, I heard that “Satan entered Judas” and led Judas to betray Jesus. Judas didn’t have a choice, so what’s his end? I know their fates don’t really matter to me, but I still wonder. It’s my opinion of God I think that I question when I think about this. Any thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Forced Into Hell?

  1. notsosupergirl says:

    Abbey,
    All the bad things we do in our lifetime are part of God’s will. He knows what we will choose ahead of time. Satan entered Judas because Judas was willing to succumb to his powers and his relationship with Christ was failing, in other words, he was an easy target. It’s the same now as well. Have you ever noticed that people at church can act one way, like their relationship with Christ is perfect, and later (at school maybe) they act completely different, as if they didn’t know him at all. I’m lead to believe that Judas was similar. Judas wasn’t rock solid in his faith, and although his relationship with Christ looked good on the outside, what lead him to eventually betray him was the fact that everything wasn’t really “all good”. He made an active decision to let Satan enter him through his choices, and Satan did. We as Christians also have the same struggles. We are faced with choices in our life and although God already knows what we will choose, he wants us to turn to him and look to him for the best option instead of trusting in ourselves and going off down the wrong road. Judas had spent days, months, years with Jesus, yet he still made a bad choice that set him off track and was punished for it. We all sin, but we also have a tendency to classify sins as “Christian sins” or “bad sins” as if “Christian sins” are somehow more right or holy. Judas wasn’t punished for following God’s plan; he sinned, denied that Jesus was truly the Son of God with his actions, and was punished for it, like all of us should have been. The Bible is clear:
    Romans 6:23 (NIV)
    “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
    Judas had sat under years of Jesus’ teaching, he knew the right things, but he actively chose to follow Devil. Judas had a choice, everyone is given a choice, but Judas chose the Satan over God. God knew this would happen, and his plan of salvation was made perfect through it.

    I hope this answered your question. If you have any more questions about the so-called “grey areas” of scripture, please let me know. I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

    Faithfully,
    Mackenzie šŸ™‚

    • Abby R says:

      Thank you very much. šŸ™‚ Finally, that question is quieted in my mind. I never thought about the choosing, but it totally makes sense. Thank you so so much!

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