While watching a discussion on social media with A troubled young woman reaching out for help, she asked this question.
“If God is so good, why did he kill all those people in the flood and send them to hell?”
That is a legitimate question… If they are in fact, in hell. But they are not. They are in Heaven with the Master!
for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.
For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
Sin is not counted where there is no law because without the law there can be no transgression. God did not destroy these people out of anger, He did it because of His great Love and mercy!
They were already completely devoid of spiritual life and since there was no law to show them their condition and point to their need for God, they would have only gotten worse and reproduced more people with the same horrible condition. In God’s great wisdom and mercy, He pushed the reset button and destroyed them all except those on the Ark.
So, where are they now? Still in hell? Heaven? Let’s look at the scripture.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.
One of the amazing things Jesus did in the three days between His death and resurrection is go to hell, snatch the keys of death, hell, and the grave, and preach to those who were in prison there. Although this verse only mentions those in Noah’s flood, He preached to ALL those who died without the Law.
Let’s take a closer look at Romans 5:14
death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
How was Adam’s sin different from all those who came after? Because Adam was not born with a sin nature. He had a choice. Everybody else, including you and I, are born with a fallen, sin nature that was no fault of our own.
God knows that it is not our fault that we act the way we do. He knows it wasn’t our choice to be born into sin. That is why He sent Jesus to buy back mankind and give us a choice that would allow us to live under His power and authority while still on earth, tethered to our fallen nature. It is an amazing mystery!
The first Adam made a wrong choice that effected, and infected all of mankind. The last Adam, Jesus, never said yes to sin and took back death’s reign over mankind. Death is no longer in control… Unless we choose it.
God is just. His judgements are righteous judgements. Don’t question God’s love and mercy because you misunderstand the mystery.
ALL those who died without the Law are now in heaven.
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