So many people hold an unbiblical view about hell and what you think about hell affects your views on the character of God.
What are your views of hell?
Hell is not a place that I would wish on my worst enemy! My view is that it is a horrible place. It was only meant for Lucifer and his fallen angels. It is sad to think others may spend eternity there or even a minute in hell!
I think that it is kinda like a fire that I may keep goin on for ever for when I want to throw something into it that I don't want and nobody else wants either. The fire burns for ever not the unwanted stuff that I throw into it. That stuff is gone immediately.
That is my impression anyway. Everyone is saying that some things in scripture can not be take literally; I think hell is one of them concerning people burning forever. Not the same thing as; forever people are burning. See the difference???
Well when I thought of Hell, I just thought about dealing with pain forever. It's sad that people will go there for eternity, and I really don't want anyobody to go there at all. But I heard of a man that went down there and luckily came back by the grace of God. He said all the animals/bugs hate humans because we look like Jesus. On earth we are over everything, but down there, everything else is over the humans. You can barely breath, there is no water, it's darker than any of else ever experienced, and there is no hope when you're down there. You have cells and guardsman that toture you every minute. They throw you against walls, and you might break your bones, but you can't die, so you just have to deal with the pain . Then there are pits of fire all over the place and people get thrown in there all the time. You can never rest because it's always demons everywhere toturing you. And like heart4heword said it wasn't meant for us, but for Lucifer and his fallen angels, but since some won't accept Jesus they can't be with Him, so they have to go there too.
Okay I want to throw some scripture out there along with what I believe.
"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished." 2 Peter 2:9.
If he waits until the day of judgement to punish the unjust for their sins then doesnt that mean when we die we do not go straight to heaven nor do we get judged? Yes, I believe once we die we are "asleep" we are in a state of unconsciousness, we know of nothing. I believe there is not one single soul in eternal torment right now.
"The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23. "Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." James 1:15. "God ... gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
Another thing that I believe from the following scripture is that hell is not eternal. When we are judged according to our works we will not suffer an eternal life of misery. The wages of sin really is death, sinners will die and cease to exist and to live with our Lord. That would be a big enough punishment for me, to not live with our saviour.
Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it." Isaiah 47:14. "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth." "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:1, 4.
Yes there is going to be a great fire, a fire that covers the whole earth and people will die in it, how long they are in pain before they die I am not sure.
Anyways, an eternal hell goes against the character of God, he is not a torturer.
The place of eternal punishment, damnation, separation from all that is good (God Himself).
Revelation says death and hell will be thrown into the lake of fire, so the term "hell" may not be the final word on it, but ..hell...or...the lake of fire....it's all the same to me, and I don't wanna go there. Can't imagine why anyone would.
If Jesus is a "man" of his word as it is written in scripture. And "if" he said the things that the disciples said that he said. If These things are true then when we die we follow Jesus to where he went and we rest from our labors and our works do follow us.
Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Mar 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
In these verses the word translated hell is:
1) Hell is the place of the future punishment call “Gehenna” or “Gehenna of fire”. This was originally the valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem, where the filth and dead animals of the city were cast out and burned; a fit symbol of the wicked and their future destruction.
Part of Speech: noun feminine
It is not the pit that many call hell but is in fact the lake of fire. Notice a couple things in verse 48. It is a verse that is misquoted a lot. Jesus said, "THEIR worm dieth not." This shows that each individual will have a different worm. Like their own personal worm. What I gather from these verses is the lusts of the flesh is the worm. For instance, a heroine addict will crave heroine, but will be unable to obtain it.
This seems like a good start. I did start a hub about their worm just last night.
I'll be looking for that hub, SirDent; very interesting.
The word hell is a mistranslation in every instance of its use. The word had the meaning of cover in the Old English language and was used to translate the words sheol of the OT,Hades of the NT, Gehenna or Valley of Hinnom, and Tartarus. It was used for Sheol and Hades only when the translators felt that it could be confused for some ridiculos dungeon of pain in the after life. Proper reading of the scriptures shows that people in the unseen realms of Sheol and Hades and even Gehenna, are in fact dead with no thought. The Lake of Fire is confused for hell because the world of Christiandom is clueless on what judgment is for. The Lake of Fire is where the wicked are judged and eventually made Christlike. This takes place after the future resurrections of the Saints and the wicked. The fire is symbolic and this should be obvious when one realizes that all of the Book of Revelation is symbols. The fire is God's purfication and brimstone is known to carry purification qualities. There is also no word for eternity or forever in the scriptures. Read my hubs for proof of all of this.
If a certain "prophetess" is to be believed, HELL is a place full of Christians who made mistakes; and it's shaped like a woman on her back.
I use the term "prophetess" very loosely.
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