Hello visitors! I don't know if someone still reads this blog since it is almost a year since I posted something here. So I welcome myself back to this blog.:)
I have been in some form of hiatus. Primarily because I have been revisiting some belief that I found suspicious and does not sink well with me. I am carefully considering the implication of each belief and would not want to post anything until I feel settled that this is something I can share.
Since I've been transformed by the Gospel of Grace I have been consistently looking at my belief and asking myself, "Is this consistent with the Gospel?" One of which is the one about the Tithe. I also looked at the doctrine of Hell. One question I asked is this:
"Does God send His Beloved Son to Earth so that those who will not believe in His Son will be tormented for all eternity in hell?"
If the answer to that question is "YES" then what are the answers to these next questions:
#1. Isn't that the very reason why Jesus was called Savior so He can come and save people?
#2. Did Jesus failed as a Savior?
#3. Is God that unfair that He would punish His creation for all eternity even though they only failed to believe for at most 120 years?
#4. This one is is a bit philosophical but I will include it here. If God knows that Adam will ultimately eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil and will ultimately send billions to hell did God deliberately send billions of people to hell by putting the tree in the Garden of Eden?
And the other hand if the answer is "NO" here are few questions that I think you should answer:
#1. If God will not send me to Hell then can I sin my whole life because anyway I will go to Heaven when I die?
#2. Where is God's sense of justice?
#3. There is always our part and God's part so what about our part?
#4. There are a bunch of Scriptures that talks about hell should we just throw them away?
There are actually many questions whether you answer yes or no. But I believe the question we should answer is this: Does hell exist and who is it for?
Does hell exist? Yes I believe that hell exist, we don't have to look at the afterlife to find hell. There are hellish situation in our life. King David, in the Psalm describe what it is be in hell as if he has been in hell. This is the time where there is outer darkness that envelops us. So hell does exist.
There are three words in the Bible that is translated as hell:
2. Lake of Fire
I added wiki links for further study.
Hades is a place of outer darkness where people can hide from God. This "hell" exists and is temporal. This is where people are absent of hope. Jesus even descends to "hell" - outer darkness.
The other picture of hell is the Lake of Fire. This Lake is eternal and will never end. The interesting part is, Lake of Fire IS NOT Hades/Sheol. In Revelation 20:14, Hades is destroyed in the Lake of Fire. The outer darkness is destroyed in Eternal Flame.
Consequently, God is describe as an ALL CONSUMING FIRE. And the Holy Spirit descends as FIRE in the pentecost. What if the Lake of Fire IS GOD Himself? What if He destroys death and hell (Revelation 20:14)?
I borrowed this discussion from Peter Hiett to let me shamelessly post his presentation. :)
The third picture of hell is called Gehenna. It's an actual place outside of Jerusalem. It said that garage/dead are burned there. Many of Jesus' teaching about hell refers to this place. Again, I am posting something from Downside Up for illustration:
For more study please watch the video below.