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Hell: A cruel LIE.
The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
Jesus said believers shall not “perish” but will “inherit eternal life“. (John 3:16)
How did the lie that God tortures folks forever come about?
To understand the big picture watch the video below by Edward Fudge.
If your time is short watch the first video, it is a 15 minute portion.
His full one hour presentation is the second one down.
God gives eternal life to those that love Him. (John 6:40)
We do not posses eternal life now. Only God is immortal.
”He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality…” (1 Tim 6:15-16)
Sadly, most believe Satan’s first lie to mankind.
“You shall NOT die, you shall be like God“. (Genesis 3:4-5)
Jesus said: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
‘Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. … And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, … And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.‘ (Revelation 20:11-15) This is the ‘second death‘. It is final. All those that did not “inherit eternal life” will be dead. Gone for all eternity.
Below are two articles. Each is extremely readable. The first one prints out to about 16 pages. The second is longer and goes into greater detail. If you read them you can not help but be convinced that God did not establish an eternal torture chamber called hell. The idea is detestable.
Jesus Christ died on our behalf. He wasn’t tortured forever. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
He rose from the dead. He has power over death. God is a giver of LIFE, and to those that love Him, ETERNAL LIFE!
Article 1. HELL: Eternal Torment or Complete Annihilation?
It seems to me that nearly the entire Bible teaches that eternal life is only experienced in Heaven, that Hell is a place of complete destruction and annihilation. There are many scripture passages that seem to clearly teach this, but there are others that admittedly seem to teach the traditional view as well. The Bible must never be thought to contradict itself, regardless of what simple meanings may be found in certain verses. When two positions seem to come at odds with one another, one must decide which view fits best in the overall interpretation of the Bible. Verses ought not to be taken by themselves but instead cross-checked against other scripture passages to decide what it is that the Lord is actually trying to teach us in His Word.
While some passages might seem to indicate one line of teaching and others seem to hint at a different one, there can be only one correct interpretation. Hell is either eternal or not—there is certainly no middle ground.
The article above was found at the website: JeremyAndChristine.com
Article 2. HELL – TORMENT OR ANNIHILATION?
Few teachings have troubled the human conscience over the centuries more than the traditional view of hell as the place where the lost suffer conscious punishment in body and soul for all eternity. The prospect that one day a vast number of people will be consigned to the everlasting torment of hell is most disturbing and distressing to sensitive Christians. After all, almost everyone has friends or family members who have died without making a commitment to Christ. The prospect of one day seeing them agonizing in hell for all eternity can easily lead thinking Christians to say to God: “No thank you God. I am not interested in Your kind of paradise!”
The article above was found at the website: HeavenDwellers.com