Hell...does religion have the facts?
Dare I ask?
Hey, I am just asking!!!!
Is it possible that the religious world could be wrong in their understanding of the doctrine of Hell? Is it possible that they hold to deception's lie as truth, through misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the Bible on the subject as taught by misinformed denominated seminarians?
If the accepted doctrine of hell is correct what does that do to God's mercy enduring for ever as recorded in Psalm 136:1...what does it do to God's love that is never ending as stated in 1 Corinthians 13:8.
How often have we heard or even posed the question ourselves to those we deem to be sinners, “Turn or burn", "have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour to escape hell?”
Allow me to do a little role playing here and play the part of a non-believer as you...a Christian...witnesses to me, the hell bound sinner. I am aware that some reading this has already concluded I am not role playing because they deem me to be a bona-fide non-believer.
Be that as it may, share with me your version of the "good news" of the gospel!
"Glenn, we have been friends for some time now and I know you are a good moral living guy who is considerate and compassionate. What I don't understand is why you have not accepted Christ as your Saviour simply by praying 'the sinner's prayer.'"
I reply, "well, I find no record of that formula for easy believe-ism in scripture, and besides, I already have a faith in God and to join your religion I would be promoting the teaching that God condemns people to hell fire and torment with no chance of ever escaping. Common sense (I may be wrong, but I think I have at least a shred left) leads me to believe that is a cruel and hating God, not a merciful and loving God. Would a loving God withhold forgiveness from any repentant sinner, no matter how late he may repent, because Christ made provision for forgiveness on the cross.”
But you, quoting from the Bible, presses on by claiming that everlasting hell for the non-believer is biblical and cannot be reasoned away.
Let me ask you some questions.
"Do you believe in a God of love and compassion ?”
"Off course," you reply.
“Do you believe that God’s love is infinite, far beyond any human love?”
"Certainly, God is love. That is what the Bible says."
“Let's suppose your 15 year old daughter has never had the opportunity to hear of Christ or the redemption He has provided and never became a Christian by repeating the "sinner's prayer." She gets involve in an accident that takes her life. Do you believe that your daughter goes straight to hell?”
The question may make you uncomfortable. But "yes", you say, "if she died without accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, then she is in hell right now."
Now, I do not want to stir the ill will pot. But I have witnessed so many instances of intolerance and lack of love preached in Jesus’ name that has some element of truth but is harsh because it is not rooted in grace and love. That, is wrong in every sense of the word.
There is a deep crevasse gap between large segments of the Community of Humanity and the Community of the Redeemed alike, regarding the concept of hell. When Christians witness, they believe they are offering sinners a great gift, the greatest gift of all, faith and salvation through Jesus Christ who through His suffering and death paid the price for their sins.
How can the same God who asks us to forgive even our enemies cast people he created whom we claim to be His enemies into everlasting hell because they did not say the "sinner's prayer"? How can God be any less loving and forgiving than He desires us to be?
Let me ask you: “Do you remember "so and so"? Do you remember what a loving heart she had even before she had her accident are was brain damaged? Do you think God will cast her in hell forever with no chance of escape because she did not repeat the "sinner's prayer" prior to her accident?”
"Yes" you reply, "if she was not a Christian, that is what God would do."
What is incomprehensible to me is the disconnect between the profession of belief in a God of infinite love and the portrayal of a God so cruel, as to sentence even good and loving people to burn in hell fire forever simply because they have never heard of, or failed to avail of His offer of salvation therefore, He is slighted and uses His power to punish people in hell for ever and ever.
So I ask you "dear loving Christian", “Can you not understand that from your presentation that the God you are inviting people to embrace is worse than Hitler? For Hitler burned Jews until they were dead, then their suffering was over. But God who is love, you believe will burn people forever and a day.
You answer with, "we simply cannot understand the wondrous ways of God, and that we cannot rely on our limited human reasoning to figure it out." You say also that "God is not only a God of mercy but a God of justice"...This is God’s justice?
Did not God give us the power to reason and also have the capacity for compassion? Does not the love in our hearts come from God, who is love? If our own love...and our sense of justice...cannot discern that a God who tortures people forever, the good as well as the bad, is not a loving God, but cruel and sadistic, then where are we? This lack of discernment renders both love and justice absolutely meaningless.
“But I was taught, and scripture teaches, that what I say to you is true,” you say, and so do many who believe the same doctrine. Somebody taught it to you but, does that mean the doctrine correct?
Yes, we are taught, by other people who are as human and mistake makers as we are. We ought not to shut down our own discernment and refuse to question a teaching that we need to question. Yet this is precisely what many religious people do. Their belief must be correct...and questioning it is forbidden. It does not matter how good you are: even if you are Mother Theresa or any of the brave people who lay down their lives to save people caught in disaster ridden circumstances. If you are not "religiously saved" you are going to hell...forever with bad people where you will be torched in hell's flames for eternity.
Is it possible that we do not have all the facts regarding hell?
Hey...I am just asking!!!!