John Calvin on Why People go to Hell

Why do people go to hell?

Most would say it’s because people are unrepentant sinners who did not come to Christ by faith for the forgiveness of sins.

According to John Calvin, it’s because God is pleased to create people to send there.

“Many professing a desire to defend the Deity from an invidious charge admit the doctrine of election, but deny that any one is reprobated…. This they do ignorantly and childishly since there could be no election without its opposite reprobation. God is said to set apart those whom he adopts for salvation. It were most absurd to say, that he admits others fortuitously, or that they by their industry acquire what election alone confers on a few. Those, therefore, whom God passes by he reprobates, and that for no other cause but because he is pleased to exclude them from the inheritance which he predestines to his children.”

— John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Henry Beveridge), Book 3, Chapter 23.

He said it, not me. It’s one more reason I’m not a Calvinist.