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The thought of a “loving” God torturing people in hellfire for all of eternity for bad things they do over the course of, at most, a 100-year lifetime, seems, at best, confusing, and, at most, downright evil.
It's no wonder then that so many people find it difficult to reconcile a God who is perfectly just with a punishment that is clearly unjust. Fortunately, the Bible is very clear on this teaching.
First, God is love (John 1:1). The Bible says as much as we love our children, God loves His even more. And you are His child! The Bible says He is patient, kind, merciful and forgiving. It says He loves justice, but that He loves mercy even more.
Second, the Bible does indicate there is a hell. Jesus says there is (Matthew 10:28). But here is what Jesus says about hell in Matthew 13:40: “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world.” What can we make of this statement?
First, hell won't exist until “the end of this world.” Wouldn't that mean nobody today is burning in hell?
Second, it says the “tares” (in this case, it means the wicked) are “burned.” This isn't just some uncomfortable separation from God, as some preach. This is a real place where “children of the wicked one” (verse 38) will be “burned.”
But the Bible doesn't say hell will last forever. It teaches that hell destroys the wicked, once and for all. It makes it clear that hell is a place where the wicked perish in fire. They will burn up as “stubble” and will “become ashes” (Malachi 4:1, 3). Psalm 68:2 says, “as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.”
Even the most popular verse of the Bible supports this position. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Notice that the wicked “perish.” They die. They cease to exist. The righteous, in contrast, have everlasting life.
Finally, where did this idea of eternal suffering in hell come from? Satan. His very first lie was that Adam and Eve would live forever, even if they disobeyed God. Hell is a “doctrine of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1) that is an attack on God's character and has turned many people away from Him.
The purpose of hell, according to the Bible, is to destroy sinners forever and create a universe without sin. That's going to be a great place to live, don't you think?
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Dear MIQ/Amazing Facts,
I have quite a few questions, but my main question is the first question below.
When or what is the modern day abomination of desolation, and how does it apply to us?
(Please correct me if I am wrong below)
I know that the abomination of desolation is when the pagan armies are desecrating the Holy place, (Which I read was Jeruslaem…) by standing within a few meters of the land, surrounding the walled area of Jerusalem. I also read, that the first time the armies surrounded the walls of Jerusalem they mysteriously disappeared, and that, that was the sign that the true children of God must run to the mountains, but if not; they would be killed, after a few months or years the armies returned and besieged the city of Jerusalem. But my other question is when do we have to run to the mountains? Was Jesus presenting an end-time prophecy in Matthew, or was he presenting a prophecy that fulfilled and finished in (AD 70)? Does this occur after the gospel has been preached to all the
How do I know when to get baptised? I've been thinking about it a lot lately and I'm not sure if I should, I'm kinda scared because usually you have to do a speech or say your testimony to everyone in your church and I really don't want to do that... and do you actually HAVE to get baptised? Is it preferred? Will I not go to heaven if I don't?
Me and my best friend just had a fight about baptising infants. He was baptised when he was born and I haven't yet made the decision. He was saying that his parents wanted an early start for him to live a godly life, but isn't baptism about personally making the decision about committing your life with Jesus and washing yourself clean from your sins? I'm pretty sure babies haven't really sinned, and they can't make that big of a choice, like I knew someone at my old church who had been married to her christian husband for about 25 years and only just getting baptised after all this time, I doubt babies can make that sort of choice. But he's standing his ground and making me feel really miserable, I just dont get how a baby can get baptised, I've found bible verses for him and he still isn't giving in, what do I do? Am I right?
what is the age gap in a relationship? I've always been curious but i never got the answer i desired. for Abraham was 10 years older than Sarah and i wanted to know if the same age gap still apllies or is it changed.
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