Do unbelievers go to Hell?

 Updated: 12/19/2022

Do all unbelievers go to Hell (then the Lake of Fire)?

The question, do all unbelievers go to Hell (then eventually the Lake of Fire), has been asked quite often? The short answer would be, yes. With that being said, 
I believe that God already knows who is going to Hell, then eventually the Lake of Fire, before a person is even born given His perfect foreknowledge.

As revealed in Rev. 13.8, “[a]nd all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (King James Version). This alludes to the fact that before the foundation of the world, we are either in the Lamb’s Book of Life or we are not. Moreover, 1 John 3.20 states, “[f]or whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything” (English Standard Version). Therefore, He certainly knows our life from beginning to end. He knows what we will do and therefore whether we will accept Him.

For those who never hear about Jesus Christ, such as those in certain parts of the world, then I would say that God is a just God (an infinitely just God) so He knows whether a person will be going to Heaven or Hell (then the Lake of Fire) based upon many factors that we probably aren’t aware of. He is able to discern whether someone is rejecting Him versus someone who is confused, has doubts, etc. Moreover, Rom. 1.20 says, “[f]or since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (New International Version).

Additionally, some people wonder why people were created if God knew they were going to Hell. While this question probably has more than one answer: One reason is these people are part of God’s Will. For example, if Hitler did go to Hell, which he probably did, why did God create him especially given all of the pain he inflicted on others? We can speculate that Hitler existed to show just how evil one can be among all of the other possibilities. He had “ripple effects” from a large-scale, big picture viewpoint as well as in the individual lives and stories of those affected. As Isaiah 55.8 states, “[f]or my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. In other words, we can’t always understand God’s ways.

For more information on ripple effects, you can watch this video called “Generational curses and the Ripple Effect”:

God doesn’t want to send anyone to Hell (2 Peter 3.9) and I personally believe He gives people many chances to accept Him, but some just do not want to have anything to do with Him and eventually end up in eternal torment as a consequence. These people chose to freely reject Him, end up in Hell, and wouldn’t have it any other way even while they are in Hell, in my opinion. God is a just God and they are where they belong.

Works Cited

“Generational curses and the Ripple Effect.” YouTube, uploaded by Cross Examined,
     27 Feb. 2020,

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