Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 8

Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 8

“Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” John 4:42

Eternal punishment is impossible because Christ is the Savior of the whole world—not just a small part of it

From “Spiritual Terrorism: Spiritual Abuse from the Womb to the Tomb” by Boyd Purcell. http://amzn.to/2ybKxXr

Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 9

Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 9

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Eternal punishment is impossible because God shall destroy the works of the Devil (I Jn. 3:8). God will not just confine evil, but will destroy evil so it will not be an eternal dark blight on God’s universe of love and light.

From “Spiritual Terrorism: Spiritual Abuse from the Womb to the Tomb” by Boyd Purcell. http://amzn.to/2ybKxXr

Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 10

Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 10

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matthew 5:43-44

Eternal punishment is impossible because God will not violate His Command, in Christ, to love ones enemies, pray for them, and do good for them (Mt. 5:43, 44).

From “Spiritual Terrorism: Spiritual Abuse from the Womb to the Tomb” by Boyd Purcell. http://amzn.to/2ybKxXr

Weekend Wisdom – Jacques Ellul

“I don’t believe in hell, hell is not a subject as such in the Bible… I think that the judgement shall consist in God making us see that which has been our life. To see our lives such as God sees it seems to be quite enough punishment… and once one becomes aware of such deserved condemnation, it is then when we receive the grace, and God only provides grace.” —Jacques Ellul

The Narrow Way

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

Taken as a message about escaping hell, it is claimed that in the end, only a small portion of humanity will go to heaven, while everyone else suffers eternal torment. Instead, Jesus was drawing on the ‘two ways’ worldview, a common idiom used to describe Israel and their relationship with God. The concept goes all the way back to the covenant itself:
See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. Deuteronomy 30.15, NRSV

When Jesus talked about just a few people entering ‘the narrow gate’, this would have been understood as referring to a ‘remnant’ of Israel escaping the imminent judgment on their nation. The concept of a faithful remnant in Israel had always been a part of prophetic thinking (e.g. Isaiah 10.20; Jeremiah 6.9; Ezekiel 9.8). Jesus was predicting that only a few Israelites would make it through the ‘narrow gate’ and avoid ‘the coming wrath’.

Jesus closed his Sermon with the metaphor of a house collapsing in a flood (Matthew 7.24-27). This parable he borrowed from Ezekiel 13.1-16, a passage about the downfall of the Kingdom of Judah when Babylon conquered Jerusalem. Jesus adapted the image and centered it around himself: if Israel was to survive ‘the coming wrath’, they needed to trust in him.

From “Jesus and the End of Death” by Mark Edward. http://amzn.to/2zeva0A

Is There Really Victory Over Death?

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55

If Jesus died to defeat death and to take away the sin of the world, as long as the damned continue in their sinful rejection of grace then the very point of Jesus’ death seems to have been nullified. How can a victory over death be any victory at all if its major consequence is that countless souls thereby live on to be tormented for ever without end for all eternity – thanks to a sacrifice of love on the cross?

Fron “Hell to Pay” by David Favager. http://amzn.to/2gLo2gS

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

Does Jesus Talk More About Hell than Heaven?

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell [Gehenna]? Matthew 23:33

There is the very popular (and completely incorrect) saying that hellfire and brimstone preachers have used for years, saying, “Jesus talked more about Hell than He ever talked about Heaven.”

Let’s see.

The gospel accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are where we will find the words of Christ Jesus. Now, even allowing for the horrible translation of a word (hades) which means “grave” into the word “hell”, and the word “Gehenna” which is a valley, south of Jerusalem (not a place, 9 miles under the ground), we’ll see the tale of the tape.

Jesus Christ used the two different words that were translated as “Hell”, a grand total of 15 times! Wow!  That is a LOT of times.  Surely, the Lord didn’t mention “heaven” that many times.  I mean, a preacher SHOULD know, right?

Well, after the book of Matthew, I ceased my count. That means that I didn’t bother counting the number of times Jesus talked about heaven in the books of Mark, Luke, and John.  The Lord had used the word for Heaven, over 70 TIMES, JUST in the book of Matthew.

So, if any teacher says, “Jesus talked more about hell than he talked about heaven”, you now can verify; that is utter nonsense…and you might just want to check behind that teacher on other things too.

By Phillip Garrison. Read the rest of this fine article at http://thediscernerstavern.blogspot.com/.

God is Merciful

Luke tells us the very moment the tempestuous winds of Apostolic indignation increase, Divine rebuke says,
“Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.” Luke 9:55
The disciples wanted to see swift justice, but Jesus doesn’t care about their notion of justice. Jesus commands them, not to desire justice, but to pray for, bless, and do good to those who hate them (Mat 5:44). This very Jesus is the lens from which we interpret the Old Testament, because Jesus is the icon of the invisible God (Col 1:15). No man has seen God (Jhn 1:18), because to see God in all his mysterious abstract essence is to die (Exo 33:20). However, thanks to the incarnation, we can see God as tangibly revealed in Jesus Christ the Son (Jhn 14:9).
Unknown source.

Weekend Wisdom – L. Ray Smith

There are three great evils of men on earth today: corrupt government, false science, and deceitful religion. Of these, the Christian doctrine of “Eternal Torment” for the majority of God’s children, is by far the single greatest evil and contemptible teaching ever foisted on the human race anywhere on the face of the earth, in the entire history of the world!

L. Ray Smith https://bible-truths.com/