It seems wrong to create a person knowing they’d only go to hell. If God does this, it’s a big stain on his character.
Yet isn’t this the logical conclusion of election? If he’s responsible for Christians being saved, surely God is responsible for people being damned too?
Or is he?
The Sovereign God
God is sovereign over everything that happens, even evil. This seems strange to many Christians. Doesn’t Satan bring evil?
Yes! But without God’s permission Satan can do nothing.
A great example of this is Job 1-2. Job was abused by Satan, but Satan had to get permission from God to do this.
The Holy God
How can we reconcile this with a holy and righteous God? God may allow sin for a greater good, but he never sins himself (Sam Storms explanation of this).
Thus Satan is responsible for Job’s pain, not God. God, however, in his holiness, works this pain for good.
The Electing God
Let’s get back to election. Is God responsible for people being damned?
In the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43), Jesus (the farmer) creates Christians (the wheat) to bear fruit for him. Though fallen and evil, Jesus use the world so that in the end we may “shine like the sun”.
Yet there are some weeds in that field, whose destiny is only to be burned. Who planted them there?
Jesus makes it very clear: “the devil”.
From what we know of sovereignty, we know God allowed it, ordained it and even created those people (Col 1:16). Yet it’s the devil’s sin that those men never know Christ.
So God is not responsible for people being sent to hell, only those sent to heaven.
Let’s not condemn God as responsible for the weeds any longer, but rather praise him for the glorious benefits of our election that we see in v41-42! We will shine like the sun in his kingdom! Praise be to God!