We are told that ..........."no one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
We are told that "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44.
We are told that " It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. John 6:45.
So I would like to have a discussion, debate, free for all, whatever concerning something that has been nagging at me for a while now.
When did God create hell and when hell was initially created was it also intended for mankind?
I have always been under the assumption that when God created the heavens and the earth, and man.... that he had his plan in place that at some point in the future... from the creation, that Jesus would be sent and that He would pay the the ultimate price as "our" sacrificial lamb when He was crucified for our sins, giving us eternal life in heaven, when it is our time to depart this earth and us having had accepted that gift of Jesus' sacrifice. And if we did not believe in Jesus or rejected that gift we would spend eternity in hell.
But somewhere recently I began to wonder when God created the earth and man, did God create people He knew would be in hell when they died with no opportunity for them to escape that, simply because they never had the opportunity to accept Jesus as Jesus was not even born yet.
It has been troubling me and more so today than ever as the daughter of a very dear friend died a couple of days ago and was not saved. At least not in the way that the members of GC believe. (I should qualify that by saying that to my understanding she never accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She was a non practicing Roman Catholic and the life style she chose is very frowned upon in the Bible.)
Paraphrasing... we are told God draws those to Jesus...... and we are told that everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Jesus. ( Which says there is a learning that must be achieved.... it is not just that God sits and chooses and it is a done deal)
and then once you have learned you get to the Father, through Jesus.
But God does not draw everyone. And not everyone God draws will learn and accept.
So again I wonder if God creates people He intends to spend eternity in hell?
Or is it possible as it says in Genesis 2:17 "....................... you shall surely die.”
And just cease to exist?
Your post is a rambling of a lot of points that never seem to create a stream of understanding.
However, God did have a plan. He knew from the foundations what would happen and by whom. He provided all the mechanisms that you allude to but probably not in the way you understand.
From man's perspective and from scripture, we know that man was created in God's image in order to share with Him communion which would be exercised within the confines of a creation. Creation, the world was created first. Man was created last because man would be the central and integral part of that creation. The world was given to man as gift to use within the union that man would have with God in worship, praise and thanksgiving and bring both himself and the world as a living sacrifice back to God.
A huge part of man is that man is free. Man is an independent creature, possesses free will. Man would not be able to perform the obligations of his existence without being free to give love. Thus God set before him a commandment regarding the trees in the garden. As many think, man was not created immortal, but immature, not perfected. He was commanded to achieve immortatity or in disobedience achieve death, cessation of existence.
We know that man disobeyed and thus suffered death. This is physical or eternal death. Man lost life, the possibility to achieve immortality. He was taken over by the power of Satan. The world suffered death as well and decay, corruption and death, the cessation of the created order took over.
Now a point on hell which seems to be your main concern. God knew what would happen thus hell was provided for from the beginning. However, because God also knew that His Son, Christ would also come to redeem this world from the condemnation to death by Adam, we see in scripture that though man was a created creature, that the soul of man never dies. In the OT the terms of Sheol, Hades, are used which depicts the place where all the dead reside, both the OT saints and all others. Hell does not exists as such yet. However, when Christ appears as Incarnated, becomes man, assumes our human nature, He defeats death by rising from the grave. This also gives life to the world and all men. It is at this point that scripture states Christ decended into Hades and there He took captive those held in captivity that were His. This is the beginning of hell for those that remain and what Christ stated as paradise for the souls of those who would inherit eternal life with Him.
In that same act of His Incarnated resurrection He provided for the resurrection of all men at the end of time when He comes again. That resurrection also provided for the existence of the New Heaven and New Earth. It is when the bodies of all human beings will be rejoined with their souls.
All men will be raised in the last day, immortal and incorruptible. But only those who lived faithfully IN Christ in this life will share eternal life with Him. All others will also live eternally, but outside of a living relationship with Him.
One other issue you raised is whether all men will know God. God created man in such a way that there has never been a loss of the link between man and God. The soul of man is the uncommon link man has with the rest of creation but has with God. All men as Paul so clearly states in Rom 2:18-24 will give an account of the measure of grace, knowledge that they had from God. It is not God's choice that any man perish. It is always man, his free choice, that will determine if one is in heaven or hell.
What God created and what Christ redeemed are the same. All the rest is up to man, how He relates to God but God leaves no stone unturned in providing all that man needs to know, to love, to obey Him, from Adam to the last human ever to be born in this temporal world.