Why didn't Paul tell the idol worshipers in Athens about hell?
Did Jesus ever say the word hell?
shouldn't He still be there?
Why did Jesus warn no one but the Jews about Hell?
Do you "try" to love God because you feel you have to? Be honest...
Are you afraid that someone you love will go to hell?
Would you like to know that no one will spend eternity in
The Bible is where
we get our
traditional view of
With some study
we find that it's
shed quite a
different light on
punishment and it's
People from mainline denominations are coming to accept the fact that the salvation of all
mankind can be Found in the scriptures. Some are in the middle on this issue but are at
least admitting that there is a great likelihood that it is true. One minister in particular has
written a book about it but because he is known as a mainline denominational leader, he
wrote the book under a pseudonym. It is "The Evangelical Universalist" by Gregory
Macdonald. Other than the fact that it makes a lot more sense than believing God
created most of humanity to burn in Hell, believing it can drastically affect how we relate
to people. Yes, I know the argument is that God created none to go to Hell, people go
there of their own choice. I used to believe that too. That would mean that God is totally
out of control, that someone else is more powerful then He is.
If we are genuinely interested in finding out about what the Bible really says about Hell,
we just have to set aside our present ideas and start to search. I know for me, I see God in
a whole new light. I can see the heart of God. See Him in the woman who lost her coin
and swept her house until she found it. See Him as the good shepherd who goes to find
the one sheep that is lost. Granted, He may have to break the little thing's leg to keep him
in the fold, if he is a wayward sheep, but He will do that. Wayward or not, He belongs to
the shepherd. See Him as the merchant man who found in us a pearl of great price and
gave everything He had, including His life, to purchase it. We were made FOR Him. For
His own sake, He blots out our iniquities. That should comfort your heart!
It has been said that we become like the "God" we serve. If we see Him as cruel and
demanding we have a good chance of turning out like that ourselves. On the other hand,
but able to see to it that they but able to see to it that they all end up in His good graces, it
actually makes it possible it possible all end up in makes for us to learn to love people
like He loves them.
It's not about right rules and bylaws, right methods of baptism, right hairdos, right
denominations, it's about love. It's about being conformed into the image of God's dear
son. It's about change, and that is something we will all experience. It's about
forgiveness. Feed my enemy, you say? How can that ever happen unless the fire of God
burns the selfishness out of us? To use a well worn expression in the world of Christian
Universalism which is a little on the light hearted side but should cause us to think,
I ask..Would God tell us to love our enemies when He plans to fry His?
Why I Believe No One Will Stay In Hell
I am using the word "Hell" here strictly for the benefit of those of you who believe it is a literal
place of fire, pain, and torture. When it comes right down to it, not only do I believe no one will
stay in Hell, I believe no one will GO to this Hell, because I don't believe "that" Hell exists, nor
has it ever existed.
God defines Himself as “Love”.
God is sovereign. There is no greater power. He gets what He wants.
He created us to seek/find Him
He instructs us to pray for ALL MEN.
We were created FOR God's pleasure
Man nor devil can overthrow His plan.
God planned the fall of man, in Adam. (Lamb was slain before foundation of the world)
God created vessels of honor and dishonor(Judas, Pharaoh) for His plan.
God created all of creation in corruption and futility.
God created all of creation with the hope of being delivered from it.
Our view of Hell does not come from the Bible.
None of the 4 words translated “hell” indicate endlessness.
The Lake of fire appears to be God, Himself. (see interesting words)
If punishment of unbelievers is endless, some scriptures must be ignored.
God commands all men everywhere to repent.
Christ will reign until all are in submission to Him.
Every knee will bow in worship and every tongue will confess Jesus as Lord
Jesus is the only way to God. No man comes except through Him.
No man comes to God unless He is drawn by God’s spirit.
Jesus said, if He was crucified that He would “draw” all men to Himself.
The Greek word for “draw” literally means drag.(check it out yourself)
Jesus tasted death for every man.
God has concluded all in unbelief that He may show mercy to all.
God's punishments are corrective.
This is an excerpt from Ryan Healy's "The Greatest Love Story Never
Told" Read whole article.
hundred years ago.
thought of before, but had never been able to Biblically support. Here is what Knoch
The grand truth concerning the eonian times, now recovered from Scriptures, will relieve
the minds of many noble men. So said a trained theologian, after having spent seventy
years of his life without ever hearing it mentioned. No normal human being desires to
believe in everlasting torment, even for his worst enemy. Some of its strongest and
noblest advocates have expressed their profound sorrow that they were compelled to
teach it, and declared that God Himself would have it otherwise, were it in His power.
Those who gloat in it and enjoy preaching it, expose the baseness of their own hearts.
The fact that the Bible teaches it may demand acquiescence, but it cannot command
The fact that everlasting torment is contrary to God's revealed character and clashes with
every human instinct does not disprove it. If God's Word teaches it, it's true. But the fact
that it is repugnant, not merely to the nature we have by creation, but especially to the
spirit we receive as a seal of God's salvation, should lead us to investigate the grounds on
which it rests. The original Scriptures are infallible, but the Bible we have is only a
translation, into which a measure of human fallibility is mixed. Does the Original teach
|We believe what we believe about hell because of the way our Bibles read.
As traditional church goers, probably, very few of us have been encouraged to voice our fears and questions when
it comes to hell. As much as I didn't understand the whole concept of hell, I felt I had no choice but to believe it
because of what the Bible says.
Well, in the last few years, I started to see some of the other things the Bible says. One of them is .."Come, let us
reason together..." I knew that verse existed, I just never did what it said. I guess I didn't know I could "reason"
where Hell was concerned.
Why are we uncomfortable with reasoning when it comes to hell? Perhaps we just feel inadequate to even
speculate. Are we afraid that God will send us to hell if we question it?
Jesus didn't say, "whosoever believeth in hell shall have everlasting life." He said, "for God so loved the world, that
He sent His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
We are encouraged from the scriptures to search them, to rightly divide them, to study like the Bereans to see if
what we have been taught is true.
God is the perfect father. He disciplines His children as any father would, but, His punishment is for our good, not for
our endless torture. Who would benefit by eternal torment? Seriously...think about it...
For me, finding out that the doctrine of hell is not as "set in stone" as I thought it was has been too good to be true,
but I believe it is.
Jesus said, "fear not" way too many times for us to be afraid to enjoy life to the fullest. Enjoying life became an
impossiblity for me, believing so many people would burn in hell forever, especially, some of my family
Mrs. Magillicutty Goes to Hell and
God Of The Ages
The Truth About God
Associates For Scriptural Knowledge
Serious Seminal Samplings
Word Of Grace
What The Hell Is Hell
The Savior Of All.C
Hell Is Not Endless Rodger Tutt
J Lee Worship
Indian Hills Church
Christian Universalists Association
The Glory Road
Not Just Notes
|So, you say you
will be cast into
you tried to
A Few Last Minute Thoughts On Hell
|Here are some quotes from people who believe in a literal,
burning Hell. After finding the real meaning of the "Hell
words", it is so hard to understand how one can be so hard
and calloused as the people who made these comments.
Click Here to Read the Comments.
You know, reading some of those comments, I get the
feeling that the "commenters" are coming up with the best
explanations they can to make some sense out of a
rediculously, unbelievable, situation.
Think about it.....what kind of parent could look at their child
suffering horribly and not have one bit of compassion? I am
so thankful that I was allowed to find what the original
languages of the Bible say about God's judgment and the
purpose for it. It makes so much more sense.....
God Is Reasonable! Religion is not.
Many people know the Bible says death and Hell will be cast into the lake of fire, so, probably, whatever we believe
Hell to be, most believe it is the lake of fire, spoken of in Revelation.
Because we see this as the grand finale of God's plan for the wicked and unbelievers, we don't think about it much. We
just accept it. Like it or not... Who can change it? Who would argue with God about His plan? But, what we may not
think about is ..What if the lake of fire is not the grand finale? Is that possible?
Can we do that without questioning God?
As our President said, "Yes We Can". One thing that may be helpful is to ask yourself..why fire? Well, our God seems
to be all about fire and that could be because He is an all consuming fire, Himself. Also, keep in mind that it is not just the
one's who are cast into the lake of fire that experience the fire of God.
Moses saw God as a bush on fire. Fire protected and guided God's people through the wilderness and at the same time
held back their enemies. Fire baptized the early believers when they were filled with the Holy Ghost and Fire. We are
told to think it not strange concerning the "fiery trials" that will try us. God must think fire is important huh?
As believers, we experience God's fire every time we are convicted of sin in our lives. Think about the lake of fire with
these things in mind. Here is an excerpt from a book I want to show you. It explains it pretty well, in my opinion....
“Salted With Fire – A Gift for the Body of Christ”
Author....John Van Tuyl
To order the book go to http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.asp?bookid=45166
It is also available online at Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, and Borders.
|The Lake The Burns With
Fire And Brimstone