Discipline Produces Peace – Not Torture

A fourth misconception about Hell is that the imagery of fire is symbolic of torture and excruciating pain. While most Christians believe that the fires of Hell are not literal, they still believe they symbolize extreme suffering, torment and regret. In my view this is only partially true. While a certain amount of pain and regret would be involved in most disciplinary actions, the result is a good one. According to Hebrews 12:11,
“No discipline seems pleasant at time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Throughout the Bible the imagery of fire is symbolic of cleansing and purification, not torture. The fires of God’s judgment will not be pleasant to endure. Nevertheless, the resuit will be repentance and purification. According to the prophet Zephaniah, after God’s fiery judgment ALL will “call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder.”
From “Logical Answers to Life’s Toughest Questions” by Richard Goyette http://amzn.to/2hi3c9N