Perfect God, Perfect. . . . .Hell?
I think we can all agree that the God of creation is a God of perfection. I believe in the God of our holy scriptures. I believe in God the Father Who gave all that He Is to the Son. I don't claim to know all, or even that much about the Creator. I do believe that everything was made for a purpose, including the entire universe, all life and all matter within it. A perfect God is a God of love. The scriptures assert this. God loves His creation. And everything created was created through the Son Who is the Christ.
So what is up with god sending people to a place of eternal torture (AKA The Christian Hell) for any of the following reasons?:
1. You are an evil person and you know that you are evil.
2. You are an evil person and don't know that you are evil.
3. You were not brought up in the christian churches and you don't believe that Christ is the savior.
4. You were brought up in the christian churches and have decided that most if not all of it is false (silly).
5. You were brought up in another religion and have not experienced the truths of Christ.
6. You have never heard of Christ because you grew up in some jungle practicing all sorts of pagon rituals.
7. Oh, I forgot one. You are of very low intelligence and can't read bibles or even comprehend the existense of God.
Why would christ speak so often about a place of such pain, hopelessness and terror when people generally don't know what to believe, and are born with most of the characteristics that make them who they are? And how dare he expect worship when the saved will have to experience eternity knowing that billions of fellow humans are suffering (some of whom were friends and family) in some hell hole of torture?
Well, Christ never spoke of such a place, as it is an invention borrowed from the very worst of pagan traditions. The doctrine makes no sense spiritually or logically. How a person can carry on believing in such a hideous doctrine and pretend that it was created by a loving God is beyond me. And I'll add, that there isn't a single scripture that backs up the notion of some eternal torture chamber (some say it's just separation from god while others believe in literal flames burning the undying flesh of the unrighteous, non stop forever. Neither is scriptural. Both are evil.).
That's right. I said not a single "scripture" backs up the doctrine of eternal torment. Simply put, the word hell isn't scripture and the words forever and eternal are not scripture. Those, my friends, are mistranslations. Aion never means eternal or forever, and hell is used to translate four different words, none of which means a place of torture. And one of the biggest examples used for this unholy doctrine is found in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The word for hell here, is the Greek, hades, and has the same meaning as the Hebrew, Sheol (unseen). Sheol, of course was translated hell 31 times, grave 31 times and pit 3 times.
What is scriptural is judgment. Judgment comes under several terms. Just a few of them are damnation, destruction and of course, judgment. What the spiritually dead world of christiandom don't get is how judgment serves the perfection of our perfect God. Judgment is used primarily for correction. Christ and His elect will judge those who are not found in the symbolic Book of Life. They will be judged in the symbolic Lake of Fire (yeah, it's real hot. But it's spiritually hot and not physically hot. Nobody would learn anything if they were burned to a crisp).
And before I hear the so called justifications for this sick doctrine of hell:
1. Christ was not sent to save people from "hell".
2. No hell, does not mean that we can sin away without severe consequences.
3. Nobody in their right mind has ever or will ever choose to go to some eternal barbacue pit known as hell.
4. Perfect justice is not burning infinatelly for finate sins.
5. A loving Father does not give a child free will to do anything (oops, free will is another false doctrine for another time).
So what am I driving at? Simple. The worldly churches are not the elected ecclesia of God. Also, Christ:
1 Tim. 2:3-6
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus who gave Himself a ransom for ALL to be testified in due time.