There are many who say God can’t destroy and kill for God is a merciful God. They will say that hell doesn’t exist, for God would not create such a place. They say that the same Jesus who laid down his life for us would not then come and destroy all of mankind. That’s what the world says, but what does the bible say? (Gal 4:30).
God destroyed the earth and every living creature within it because of their wickedness with the exception of Noah and his family and two of every living creature. God rained hail and brimstone down upon the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities near about for their abominations. God destroyed Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea for the unwillingness to let His people go. God allowed all those who escaped by the Red Sea to perish in the wilderness with the exceptions of Joshua and Caleb. God commands goodness out of man to follow and abide by His laws. However, when they reject it, God will punish them accordingly. Therefore we should fear God and keep His commandments (Eccl 12:13). “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt 10:28).
Though God destroyed the earth and every living creature, he spared Noah and his family for their obedience. Though God destroyed every living creature in Sodom and Gomorrah, he spared Lot and his two daughters for their righteousness. Though God allowed all who escaped the Egyptian army to perish in the wilderness, He spared Joshua and Caleb and the children of the children of Israel to enter into the promise land. God rewards all who obey Him and keeps His commandments (Jn 14:15). “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Tit 1:2).
What About Today?
The scriptures reveal that God never changes. The nature of God was, is and always be the same. What God says, he delivers. God keeps his promises and lies not. This he sealed with his oath and his promise (Heb 6:15-19).
This same God promised eternal life unto all who obey the gospel of Christ and keeps it (Rom 10:10 ff; Acts 2:38; Rev 2:10). This same God promised eternal damnation unto all who do not obey the gospel of Christ (Mk 16:16). Paul said that Jesus himself will come with his angels in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those who know not God and obey not the gospel of Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his power (2 Thess 1:7-9). Is it any wonder that Jesus’ cross is in the same shape of a sword. Is it any wonder that the Word of God is also known as a sword of the Spirit, which can cut asunder even the soul and the spirit (Eph 6:17 f; Heb 4:12). Is it any wonder that the same Jesus who laid down his life on the cross for our sins, will gather his mighty angels in revenge for those who reject his Word (Jn 12:48).
“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity (ISRAEL); but toward you (GENTILES), goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off” (Rom 11:22). “For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either” (Rom 11:21) “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it” (Num 23:19-20).
God promised in days of old, and kept his Word. The question which remains for us today, will we keep God’s Word and obey it? (Lk 11:28 f; 2 Pet 3:9).