God is holy, loving, merciful, faithful, yet just and righteous. Many people today have a lopsided view of God. Some overemphasise His love and forget that He is just and holy at the same time. The love of God allows Him to forgive sin and show mercy to a repentant sinner. The holiness and justice of God demand that sin must be punished to the full extent of the law (see Romans 6:23; Exodus 18:20).
If God were a mere human being He would be completely frustrated with incompatible emotions and desires with the two sides in constant conflict. However, God is not a man and these two opposing emotions work together in perfect harmony for the one becomes a balance for the other.
To argue that hell is impossible, for a loving merciful God could not send a helpless human being there forever and ever, is an unbalanced view of God. To understand the horrors of hell and the blackout at Calvary meditate much on the holiness and severity of God's wrath again sin (2 Corinthians 5:11). The holiness of God demands that we be holy. The law of God pronounced eternal damnation on the guilty sinner in accordance with the justice of God.
One of the greatest marvels of our age is that God found a way of salvation that satisfied both the holiness of God and the love of God. This solution also satisfied the law, yet left man a creature with a free will who could choose salvation or damnation, heaven or hell.
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