Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 5

Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 5

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3

Eternal punishment is impossible because Gods love is unconditional and everlasting, not conditional and time limited.

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

Weekend Wisdom – Boyd Purcell

Many thinking persons ask this question, “How can one worship God who tortures people forever for failing to keep all of His commandments or even for rejecting Him?” I totally agree with the late, great Christian writer, the “master” of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, that there is only one thing worse than to believe the lie of eternal punishment about God; it is to worship God about whom that lie is believed. The word “Gospel” means “Good News.” Robert Short, the author of The Parables of Peanuts, said that the Gospel is not both Good News and bad news—just Good News. If relatively few people are saved and the rest are burned in literal hell fire forever, that would be mostly bad news. But some say that the Good News of everyone being saved by grace is too good to be true. To that objection MacDonald replied that it is “so good it must be true” because it perfectly balances the love and justice of God. Universal salvation was orthodox Christian doctrine until Origen’s posthumous (299 years after his death) condemnation in 553!

When I have asked dying hospice patients, terrified of hell, what a lake of burning sulfur (as translated by the New International Version) would symbolize, they have thoughtfully responded that it would symbolize divine healing or purification from one’s sins. Just as Jesus said, the truth set them free of fear (John 8:32). Another truth which frees people from morbid fear of hell is Jesus’ “final answer” on the purpose of hell, “For everyone will be salted with fire” (Mark 9:49). This is a uniquely symbolic statement mixing the metaphors of salt and fire both of which, individually and jointly, symbolize purification. The best translation is in the Good News Bible, “Everyone will be purified by fire.”

Universal salvation is implicit in the symbolism and explicit in the declarations: Christ drawing all to himself (John 12:32), all die in Adam/all live in Christ (I Cor. 15:22), universal confession (Phil. 2:9-11), God becoming “All in All” which means God being Everything to Everyone (I Cor. 15:28 RSV), and universal worship which is eternal (Rev. 5:13).

Boyd C. Purcell, Ph.D., Author “Spiritual Terrorism:  Spiritual Abuse from the Womb to the Tomb” http://christianitywithoutinsanity.com/ 

Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 6

Top Ten Reasons Eternal Punishment is Impossible: Number 6

Then came Peter to him, and said, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?”  Jesus saith unto him, “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

Eternal punishment is impossible because God will not violate the command He gave, in Christ, to forgive seventy times seven which means to forgive and to keep on forgiving.

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 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