I have a problem with God’s mercy and love, and it is hell.
I cannot see how a good God would create a being who will suffer for all eternity, especially if that person had a morally good life, except for one unforgiven mortal sin.
Recent popes try to minimise hell, from JP II, Ben XVI and Francis, also many theologians reject the traditional views of hell. As a Catholic I can only go as far as Hans Urs von Balthasar.
Related problems are God’s poor track record, angels fell away, humanity rejected God (Adam) and his own people disowned him. At present there is a huge exodus from the Church in developed countries.
Why did God create humans and the universe, as nothing adds to his love or happiness?
My only answer is that God’s ways are not our ways, and we cannot understand why God does what he does.
Especially during this Lent I am trying to break away from my negative thoughts, reading the Psalms, the Popes, (currently Misericordia et Misera) and Newman ( (using at present ‘A Newman Prayer Book’).
I thought it would be appropriate to bring all my concerns together, but the key problem is ‘why do people go to hell?’.
I would very much welcome suggestions for me to break out of my negative views.
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Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions. Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me. For I know my transgressions; my sin is always before me. (NABRE, Ps 51:3-5)
Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days (NABRE, Ps 23:6)