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What If There Was No Hell?

Updated on January 28, 2018

Can Hell Exist in Spite of Free Will?

What if there was no hell? Bear with me for a moment. I've never for one moment believed there was a place that literally burned for all eternity that spirits were sent to for punishment. Even as a small child it made absolutely no sense to me that God would do that to me, or anyone else for that matter. I did struggle with the idea of God punishing me for a very long time, but none of it ever made sense because it was so contradictory when looked at in a literal sense.

If there is a hell, that would mean God is forcing some of us through fear to love and worship Him, which is simply not possible because He promised to never take our free will. I do believe in His promise.

What is the value of a love that is forced? Nothing - it has no value. It cannot be trusted. It is not infallible. However, if we CHOOSE to meet/love/worship God, then it means everything. It has endless value when it is freely given and freely received. There’s no point in forcing us to love with threat of punishment. That, to me, would mean God is not perfect and neither is His love. It would also mean his promise is crap.

I also believe we create our own "hell" by choosing to separate ourselves from God; here, while our physical bodies are alive as well as after our body’s physical death. The Bible says in Romans 8:38-39 in the New International Version (NIV), “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

NOTHING can separate us from the love of God, right? Then why would he be a liar and send us to hell for our free will? That's not free will. That's punishing us for not knowing him. WE punish ourselves. WE will judge ourselves. He won't have to.

We Make It Harder Than It Has To Be

The basis of Christianity is so simple, yet people make it seem so difficult. The entire point is love - give it, receive it - that's it. The rest comes with love and you don’t even have to understand it. If love is there, real love, you don’t need to know, understand, or plan for the rest. It happens naturally!

If you don't believe that God loves you unconditionally, has forgiven you regardless, etc., then would you be able to face Him knowing how imperfect you are? I guarantee you'll remember every little thing you've ever done wrong when you face Him. I mean, who wouldn't? If you didn't know the truth about how much He loves you, you would avoid Him; full of shame and guilt like a child avoids their parents when they've done something wrong.

I won't avoid Him. I'm going to walk right up to Him and wrap my arms around Him and know that there is nothing I could have ever done to earn that kind of love and I will be thankful for grace and how much He loved me despite my imperfections. I know I am not perfect, but I love the best way I can, and I receive love the only way I know how. I trust with every ounce of my existence that He will NOT turn me away. He won't create something just to destroy it. He creates things to love them, enjoy them, watch them grow and learn. It hurts Him when His children don't trust Him because He knows they will turn away in shame or fear - he will not deny us because we’re “bad.”

The only thing He has ever asked us to trust was that He loves us unconditionally. That is why He says, "If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9). That's IT. That's ALL it says. That's ALL you've got to do is BELIEVE.

Believe in what? Believe in LOVE. If you believe He was raised, then you have to believe the rest, which is He loves you enough to send His son to die for you so that you can be forgiven and loved. That's it.

Grace. That is how we are loved. It is the unmerited love and favor of the Lord. It means we CAN’T earn it. I don’t care how much you perform, it would never be enough to equal the value His love. You can’t do enough. It is ALREADY YOURS. You don’t have to EARN it. You CAN’T.

Who Made The Rules?

Also, think about this... The only thing Adam and Eve weren't allowed to do was eat from the tree of knowledge, right? The reason WHY is because it brought "wrong" into the world. It brought in judgment or an awareness of something other than good. Paradise was perfect. No matter what else they did there it was NOT WRONG before they ate the fruit. The one thing God asked was please don't learn otherwise. By eating of the fruit WE decide what is good and bad. WE judge. WE blame. WE argue and fight and point fingers. WE did that. Not God. WE will turn away. OUR hearts will be hardened... NOT God's. WE choose when the day comes whether to trust His love or to turn away in shame, fear, doubt, anger, etc. If we truly don't know then we won't trust. Guilt is a sin. Shame is a sin. All of it separates us from God. Trust His LOVE. That's ALL IT IS.

Be An Example, Not a Judge

I am so blessed to have the mother that I have. She has helped me to understand God's love without ever needing to force any religion on me. She simply "loves me anyway." I know that no matter what I do she will still love me. It makes me want to be a better person for her. It makes me want to be a better parent myself.

I love my children the way my mother loves me, and nothing they do could ever change that. My children come to me when they've done wrong and need to learn from their mistakes. They don't run and hide from me. They trust that I love them and there's no need to turn away in shame or guilt. They seek out my comfort and acceptance and education. What good would it do for me to banish them to hell for a mistake? What would they learn? They wouldn't trust me for sure.

I loved my children long before they were born and long before they were old enough to earn it. I love them even on the days where they don't act very lovable. It is not their performance in life that makes me love them - it is simply that they are my children. That's all they ever had to do to receive love from me, simply exist as my children.

Stop worrying what people are or are not doing to be deserving of God’s love because there is absolutely nothing they, or you, could do to earn it! Just love your neighbor and stop picking them apart with judgment, opinion, or expectation. If you need to hurt for them because you think they don’t know God’s love, then so be it, but don’t attack them or put them down because of it. You don’t have to correct them. WE program others incorrectly every single day to doubt God’s love when we treat them as less than and/or enter into debate or argument trying to be right, when it doesn’t even matter who is right or wrong. The only thing that truly matters is love.

I see so many times where people hurt others by trying to do the right thing. It’s like giving an addict money when they tell you they’re hungry. Money is the way they get their drugs, so prepare them a feast and invite them to eat with you instead. People mean well by providing a way for them to acquire food, yet they are actually providing a way for them to obtain what is killing them. Judging someone, yelling at them because they’re not perfect, and beating them with the Bible and threatening them with hell is certainly not going to bring them to God. I don’t want to be “loved” like that. I don’t want to meet God through someone who makes me feel shame, fear, or guilt. We are to be examples of God’s love.

What Is Love?

1 Corinthians chapter 13 in the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible says this about love: “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Be this example. Be patient and kind. It isn’t about you or about right or wrong. Don’t be angry or boastful or proud. Don’t put yourself above someone. If love keeps no record of wrongs and God is love, then what does that tell you? He doesn’t see their imperfections, and neither should you if you’re setting an example. We are all called to love one another - that is everyone’s calling. Knowing in part is our imperfect knowledge of love. We can’t even comprehend to the extent with which we are loved and that is where hope and faith come in. God knew before you were born how imperfect you would be, yet he loved you anyway.

Love is not forced. Love just is, therefore there is no need for hell to exist.

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    • tracysheppard profile imageAUTHOR

      Tracy Sheppard 

      7 months ago from Stanley, NC

      Thank you :)

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      Rev Dennis L Johnson 

      7 months ago from Middletown NY 10940

      Amen, well said tracysheppard.

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      charlie 

      7 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      ok you go your way, I tried but your mind is made up. Sorry but you have no understanding of scripture, you are just doing your thing following that wide easy path that leads to destruction. You have been taught the evil ways of the love cult, that any rules are sand not of Christ and that is a lie from satan and apostate man.

      Many of the things you say are correct but your overall understanding is faulty. I have been showing you the love of God trying to help you understand the necessity of following Christ as He requires.

      All you mention cannot save you the only way to become a son of God is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, His way not yours. Have a good life this is the only one you get without changing to His way

      Your blood is on your hands not mine

    • tracysheppard profile imageAUTHOR

      Tracy Sheppard 

      7 months ago from Stanley, NC

      Love thy neighbor, feed the hungry, worry about the plank in your own eye, caring for the widows and orphans, what about when Jesus saved Mary Magdalane's life? Those are all perfect examples of teaching us to get along and worry about fixing ourselves instead of everyone else. Learning another way besides arguing, fighting, judging, being cruel to others. Teaching us that none of us are better than anyone else - not rulers of a city or the lowly prostitute... Teaching us to care for the less fortunate. Maybe intercessory prayer, or where it talks about forgiveness like on every page... The Corinthians scripture I already mentioned gives great instruction on love and kindness. Ephesians 4:32, Be kind to one another and be forgiving as Christ forgave you? Is that one good? All of those scriptures you just mentioned were examples of what we're dealing with right now - you're focused on right and wrong, whereas I'm not because it makes no difference to me. I love you regardless and appreciate your time and effort, yet you're not going to change who I am or what I believe. You won't instill a fear in me that I have overcome long, long ago. I've been where you are and I was simply miserable. When I realized I couldn't earn my way into relationship with God because I already had it and just needed to acknowledge it, and I decided to just love people because that's who I am instead of from a position of fear, I became so free and complete. I actually began to learn easier and more eagerly. I realized I'm not perfect and I never can be, and I realized most importantly that it's okay! I am genuinely a good person and I stopped allowing things to affect that part of me, especially fear and anger. Those around me appreciated it as well, choosing then to seek out what made me relax and enjoy God, rather than focusing on right and wrong so much. People don't worry about being themselves in front of me anymore. They come as they are and I love them right where they're at. We grow in love and friendship together. They know I'm not going to correct them or argue with them, and instead I'll love them regardless of what they believe and the feelings are mutual. I have friends from several different cultural back grounds, races, and religions, some are atheists, some are into witchcraft, etc. Some are homosexual, some are asexual. They're all always welcome. I'll always feed them at my table. I'll always let them sleep on my couch if they need it. I'm kind simply because I want to be - not because they earned my kindness or because my religion obligates me to be. If my friends share their beliefs with me I always listen and they give me the same respect. I don't share expecting them to conform. There is nothing to argue about because I am not focused on right and wrong. As for none being worthy - that is EXACTLY the point. We aren't and never will be worthy - that's where grace comes in. That's why Jesus died for our sins. NONE are worthy.

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      charlie 

      7 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      You are of course free to believe anything you desire. But you are not free to teach things that are not in accordance to the doctrines of Christ as if they are, without confrontation from those that know the truth.

      please give me the scripture to support your statement "Again... love. Just be nice so we can all get along." That does not fit too well with the statement of Christ.

      Mat 10:34  Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to send peace, but a sword. 

      Mat 10:35  For I have come to set a man against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 

      Mat 10:36  And a man's foes shall be those of his own household. 

      Mat 10:37  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 

      Mat 10:38  And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 

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      Tracy Sheppard 

      7 months ago from Stanley, NC

      A love cult huh? Re-read the article. Pay attention to what is important. What I said was there will be separation from God if we do not understand how much God loves us - but it will be our choice. God is not threatening anyone into having a relationship with him. We will turn away and our hearts will be hardened if we do not trust in his love. I much more prefer not to be separated. You're truly making a mountain out of a mole hill and all of it is unnecessary. He does not have to punish us and does not punish us here. He will not break his promise. It is truly our choice what kind of relationship we have with him. As for it being our job to correct our brother, I think it would be selfish in any case not to offer to help someone; however, it is not my job or even my true ability to make them do anything, control them, or to put myself above them in any way when doing so. They will always have the ability to choose You can offer me information, but again, it is my choice to receive it not your position to "let" me. It is ultimately my choice, just as it is yours to do anything. Again and again I will say, it's all about love. It is simply a choice. The rest of the stuff in between cannot even happen without love or the absence thereof. Once one grasps love, the rest happens naturally. I'll say it again... Grace - unmerited love. You can't earn it no matter how hard you try, how many people you teach, how many corrections you make, how often you're in church, how many people you feed or clothe, etc. You also cannot lose it if you cannot earn it. It is always there and it's already yours. All we have to do is believe it, accept it, and confess it. It is as simple as making a choice. God's love inspires many great things, none of which include judgement or punishment. It is not our place to do any of that for each other. Another reason you cannot earn it is it should eliminate discord among us. There should be no argument about who has done enough to earn God's love because there is nothing to earn! Also, just for the sake of mentioning it, Jesus came so that we could be saved/forgiven. There was no way to earn a way to God because no one was perfect. There was a price that had to be paid - death. So, Jesus paid it. He bore the burden for us. Now the expectation is simply believe, accept, and confess. When you love someone, you don't try to hurt them. Because I am aware of how much I am loved and that it is my choice, it makes me want to be a better person. I don't hurt people. I am not concerned with performing. I am able to be genuine in my "works" because I do not do them in fear of anything. "If I don't feed this homeless person I'm going to hell." That is NOT genuine. That's fear-based action. One day I wouldn't be scared anymore and I wouldn't care. If I feed this homeless person because I have a heart that genuinely cares about the less fortunate for no other reason than that is who I am and who I choose to be, then that is genuine. Empathy cannot be forced. Love cannot be forced. The behaviors suggested in the Bible are in the best interest of everyone. If you're a greedy jerk and don't care about anyone but yourself you're probably not going to live in harmony with others. If you're not then you won't have as many problems. Again... love. Just be nice so we can all get along.

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      charlie 

      7 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      There can be no love without truth. That is the problem with the love cult, they do not recognize the requirements of receiving the gifts of God. They overlook sin and call that love but it is deceitful carnal action, sin in those professing Christ must be confronted to help the deceived one be redeemed, that is God's kind of love.

      They let everyone have their own interpretation of scripture. BUT there is only one correct interpretation. There are passages that have more than one meaning true but they are part of the one.

      They talk about love and never about the requirements that Jesus laid out to become a disciple of Christ. Jesus made it clear the ONLY source for ALL TRUTH is the INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT. You cannot be a disciple of His without it and if you have it you cannot let a brother believe false doctrine or continue in sin.

      True Godly love is that you love your brother enough to NOT let them believe in false doctrines that will cause them to not enter the Kingdom of God. Is that they confront sin and help the brother to be redeemed from it. Is that you do not care if they get upset with the truth because they cannot hate you and be a son of God.

      I am not saying as the love cult usually accuses us, to condemn them , I am saying as does scripture we have an obligation to guard our brother as well as ourself and if we can keep them from harm we are obligated to do so,

      If you love the brethren you cannot let them continue in their sin without confronting it. That IS NOT LOVE that is deceitful actions of a carnal person.

      God's love HAS CONDITIONS on who can receive it, it is there available to all but only those that obey the words of Christ and do all He requires will be sons of God and enter His eternal Kingdom.

      The love cult participants are not filled with and following the Holy Spirit of God, they could never call their carnal Love the love of God, they are two totally different kinds of love.

      We have the same charge that Paul gave Timothy,"speak the truth whether it be welcome or not" That IS TRUE LOVE

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      Tracy Sheppard 

      7 months ago from Stanley, NC

      God doesn't prevent anyone from altering even the Bible, and also does not control how it is interpreted. I can alter it as can you. All of the different translations have altered it as well. I know of one translation in particular that is especially translated wrong. I am not accusing you of being wrong, I am stating my difference of opinion, which doesn't mean you are wrong. It means simply I disagree. My difference of opinion does not make you any less of a person, attack your character, and I avoided name calling (i.e. fake). My understanding of hell can be different from your understanding of hell and yet that still isn't what matters. The beginning is love and the end is love, which then brings up eternity, which is another article in itself.

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      B A Johnson 

      7 months ago

      Well, you are saying I’m wrong, and that isn’t a bad thing. At least one of us must be wrong!

      The trouble is that the Bible doesn’t say we will judge ourselves, it says God will judge us by His law. Christ called on us not to judge others because we are no less a sinner than anyone else, but he did preach the law and teach us to do the same – because it is by looking at ourselves through the law that we understand our guilt before God.

      God never promised to allow us our choice, he commanded us “Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and strength.” Jesus countless times said, “have you not read…” hearkening back to the Old Testament Scriptures because he saw them as authoritative and true, commanding and directing his people in the way they ought to go.

      Does God not have a right to rule over His creation?

      I can assure you from the manuscript evidence that the Bible, particularly the New Testament, has not changed as you believe it has. That is very much my field of study.

      If you do believe there is some truth in the Bible that God has given us, then consider why He would not have preserved it to say what he intended us to hear?

      I don’t say these things because I can’t stand someone who has a different opinion to mine; I only say them because if the Bible has any truth in it, it is that mankind is universally guilty of Sin before God and in desperate need of a savior. If you take away sin, or judgment, or the need for Christ’s atonement, then the Bible becomes incomprehensible and Jesus’ death on the cross, useless.

      I appreciate your willingness to interact, perhaps there will be another occasion for it!

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      Tracy Sheppard 

      7 months ago from Stanley, NC

      I appreciate all of your input and effort, and although I disagree with what you are using the comment space to try to teach, I am not attacking you or calling you a fake or stating what you are teaching is wrong, and I would greatly appreciate it if you offered the same respect to me. We can have a difference of opinion without judgment can we not? That's the entire point of the article. Although, the point has been proven entirely.

      Again, I will repeat, I did not say that I disregard the Bible. What I said was there is no need for anyone to judge us because we will do it ourselves, and I further said I do not limit my education and/or comprehension of God to one single book written, edited, and interpreted by man.

      Good teachers allow students to form opinions without judgment - they simply offer information and allow the student to interpret it. Hence, kinda like God standing back and allowing us to read the Bible and take from it what we can. The information is there and is open to interpretation. Sadly, much of the original information is missing in modern-day translations.

      Hell, in essence, would be a separation from God, which we will surely do ourselves if we do not know Him or how much he loves us. We will turn away in shame or fear. We will not be forced away by Him or anyone else for that matter - it will be our choice. It is our choice now and it will be then.

      I do not for one minute believe Heaven is some place in the clouds where we prance around with halos and sing all day, just like I don't believe hell is a lake of fire we burn in for all eternity. I don't believe it is a physical place at all, but more of a state of being either with God or choosing to be without. It is comfort, serenity, abiding in love... not exactly something you can hold in your hands, but existing still.

      The idea of good vs evil is real, how else would we discern the difference between love and the absence of it - but giving image to good and evil is something man created to emphasize either. What the Bible doesn't say is where the imagery came from; however, with a little effort in understanding the time period, the architecture, where all of this took place, the craftsmen, etc. you could understand it. Yet again, the imagery is not important.

      Do I fear separation from God? Yes, because without love we are nothing. Do I fear God will stop loving me, ever, for any reason? No - I do not. The bottom line is it is my choice whether I experience separation or not.

      Also, I don't believe we go to hell to await judgment. (That would again make no sense). If anything, the Bible says we sleep until we meet God.

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      charlie 

      7 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      the doctrine of eternal punishment is not of the Living G0d, it is the figment of the imagination of apostate men.(men without the Spirit of God) Scripture is clear that at the judgment all disciples of Christ (sons of God) that have endured to the end doing ALL He required of them as Noah did, will enter the eternal kingdom of God and inherit the earth then the new earth.

      All not disciples of Christ (sons of God)will be cast into the lake of Fire for DESTRUCTION, the second DEATH.

      Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, the small and the great, stand before God. And books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 

      Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and hell delivered up the dead in them. And each one of them was judged according to their works. 

      Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. 

      Rev 20:15  And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the Lake of Fire. 

      Matt 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

      Luke 13:23-25 And He said to them, 24 "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

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      B A Johnson 

      7 months ago

      But then how do you know God is loving if not for the Bible? You quoted Romans 8 to prove that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ, and Corinthians to demonstrate what love is, both wonderful things, but the same Bible warns that we are desperately wicked (Romans 3) and that by our very natures we reject God and are enslaved to sin (Ephesians 2), and that God's anger - his wrath - is kindled against us because of it (Rom 1:18). We were created for the very purpose of giving glory to our Creator (Isaiah 43:7), if we have denied Him that, who are we do say that He has no right to punish us?

      I believe God has loved His creation so much as to send His son Jesus Christ to suffer and die on the cross as a "propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith" (Rom 3:21-26), so that those who have faith in him - acknowledging their own sin and guilt before God can be seen as righteous, not because of their works or effort, but because of Christ's work (Rom 4). If God has no wrath, then why did Jesus Christ have do die?

      I agree we have no ability to control God, but that is exactly why I can only be certain of His will and law by the Bible. The doctrine of an eternal Hell is painful to me, and if I could choose to deny it I would, but whether I accept it or not does not change God's decree. I can only thank God in fearful trembling and awestruck joy that I will not be condemned to Hell, and pray and struggle to convince those who do not believe that they are in great danger.

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      charlie 

      7 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      if what you say were true there would be no need for satan the tempter, there would be no lake of fire, no sin, and no end to this earth. You are terribly deceived and working to deceive others.l That is a sign that you are not of Christ and that the one you believe is your creator is not the living God but one of many fakes available to those without the Spirit of God .

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      Tracy Sheppard 

      7 months ago from Stanley, NC

      My authority is not limited to a book. I do appreciate it, learn from it, take what I can from it at this point in my life, but I choose not to limit my comprehension of my creator to what can be written by man, altered by man, and interpreted in a million different ways by man dependent upon where they are in their walk. My creator is not contained within a book. He is so much more. I don't expect anyone to agree with me, and that's the beauty of it. "Expectation is the root of all heartache." The beginning is love, the end is love - that's all that matters. God does love unconditionally and my heart breaks for those who don't think so, because it is those who are bound to and limited by human's ability (or lack thereof) to perform and earn what is already theirs. Do you honestly think he will not love those who don't believe he created them? Do you really believe that he won't love those who turn away from him? That's not true. He loves even those who turn away. I find it interesting that people think that they can actually control or change God in any way. He wouldn't be God then would he? If he's perfect then we certainly cannot manipulate him or change his opinion of anything. I don't think I have that power anyway...

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      KingdomCome 

      7 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Jesus Christ said there is a hell. If He said it, then that settles it.

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      charlie 

      7 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      First-- there is a place called hades or hell. It is the place of the departed dead waiting for the final judgment.

      Contrary to what most have been taught, according to scripture, NO ONE goes to Hell for eternity. If a person dies physically they go to hades (hell) until the judgment when ALL are raised to appear before God to be judged. Those that had become sons of God through Christ and endured til their end will inherit the earth and the eternal kingdom of God and then the new heaven and earth. Those that were not sons of God at their end will BE THROWN INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE TO DESTRUCTION. There is no eternal fire for the humans at the end it is either the eternal Kingdom of God of destruction in the lake if Fire.

      Being a church christian may be simple but being a son of God by being a real disciple of His is not.

      Jesus said WE WILL suffer persecution if we follow Him.

      He tells us the truth about becoming a son of God here, this Is scripture though apostate man have their false easy doctrine that the majority believe.

      Jesus requirements are much more explicit that those of apostate man.

      Scripture also tells us about two paths, the one with the narrow hard to find gate and the narrow path that leads to eternity in the kingdom of God and the one with the wide open gate and path that lead to destruction.

      Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to Me in Heaven and in earth. 19Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world.

      Matt 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

      The love cult that so many strive to be a part of is a useless endeavor. No carnal person can possess the love of God and anyone saying they do is a liar. The love of GOD can only be found in those who are filled with the Holy Spirit of God and the majority that say it is most important are wrong. Most important is repenting, being born again (becoming a new and Siritual being), being baptized in water AND THE Holy Spirit of God and the doing ALL he requires. If you do this AND ONLY IF YOU DO THIS, you then WILL POSSESS THE REAL AND TRUE LOVE OF GOD.

      GOD DOES NOT LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY. His love is unconditionally available to all man but only those who become His sons experience the fullness of His Love. He loves all enough to prepare a way for their redemption but only those that do all Jesus requires will experience His redemption.

      this article has no eternal value as it is entirely contrary to scripture. You clearly are not and have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit of God so there is no chance for you to understand scripture.

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      B A Johnson 

      7 months ago

      Tracy Sheppard, your compassion does you credit, but can I ask, do you take the whole council of Scripture as an authority or do you read the Bible through the filter of your own heart?

      Remember Jeremiah 17:9, "the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can understand it?"

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      Tracy Sheppard 

      7 months ago from Stanley, NC

      Hi Raphael! First, let me say thank you! I'm honored you took the time to read my article! I often struggle anymore with that to believe or not to believe about anything. I tend to over analyze everything. It is hard to "know" anything when everyone always has different opinions, interpretations, and will debate anything literally to death. I do believe we're all born with the capacity to love and I find it much more comfortable than the opposite. Whether we love because a supreme being created us that way, or because it's just part of human nature is not for me to say, but I find it comforting to believe there's more out there than just this. I find it interesting that we're all also born with some innate desire to worship or love something greater - a God if you will. To me, worship is not falling at someone's feet and telling them how great they are. To me, it is just an acknowledgement, an appreciation of something. I appreciate every day the freedom I've been given in love to choose to love, to learn, to grow, to be whomever and whatever I choose. I respect the love I've been given by trying to pay it forward as much as I can. I give it as I have received it.

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      Raphael Livingsto 

      7 months ago

      No I haven’t wondered that, but you did and you just taught me something! I have a hard time with the concept of worship. Why is it important for insignificant creatures…us To worship a supreme being (God)? Humans would seem like gods to ants... would it matter to us if ants worshipped us?

      By the way, I was born again years ago but I happen to be in atheist at this point in my life. I’m not trying to be flippant. I really liked your observation.

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