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CAUTION BAD PEOPLE IN HELL

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It’s interesting to me how now doctrines and theology constantly debate on how bad or not so bad hell will be.
We have doctrine that uses a annihilation that those going to hell will just stop being, Satan will bear the sins and those who do believe in Christ; where that is scripture I have no clue.

I get it Hell is scary, I saw a blog from a fellow Christian blogger that wanted Christians to stop scaring the hell out of people, is that opposite of let us put hell in people nicely?

The meme that goes if you need the threat of eternal torture to be a good person you are not a good person has validity to it and I would agree humans are not good, it takes God to be good.

Realistically when was the last time you heard your pastor preach on hell, when was the last time you heard a megachurch pastor preach on hell. When was the last time you attended a Biblestudy that studied hell. I have rarely heard any pastor or church leader spend much time on the subject of hell but every liberal Christian seems to think it happens way too much and is afraid it will scare the unbeliever away.

Openbible.info counts about 100 references on hell in the ESV translation of the Holy Bible. So hell is in the scriptures it does exsist and it is a part of our lives whether we want it or not.

In Matthew Jesus talks or uses hell 17 times, and describes it 8 times as being a furnace of fire and weeping and gnashing of teeth, eternal torture.

So why are some churches and Christians afraid to talk about hell maybe the same reason they want people to stop judging and have some tolerance for sin.

Not sure about you but you but hell scares me strait, yes I sin daily but daily I repent. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Now I’m not saying that the message of hell should be the focal point of the Gospel. Salvation and Gods free gift of grace that he gives us is always the front and center subject to new believers but we ought not to leave hell out of the full message.

Understanding why God created hell and why he sent his son Jesus is important to know and understand. As a believer hell never inters my mind, getting closer to Jesus and trying to share that faith with others is always my intentions.

The unbeliever on the other hand knows there is a God, they might try and convince themselves there is no God but it is written on their hearts there is a God but even with that the heart can deny the mind. One wonders why Jesus talked about hell if it was not an important part of knowing God personally.

We can only conjecture why God created a hell but scriptures states it is real, Jesus talks about the realness of hell and the Holy Spirit continues to talk about it in the New Testament. Hell is real and I believe we are doing a disservice to our fellow man by just pushing it under the carpet like it was a bad dream.

THE THOUGHT OF HELL

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Just surfing across Facebook I saw this meme and I have seen it a few other times on the web so I really thought about it and wondered is it completely true. Well one thing you really don’t see much is pastors and sermons that deal with hell much less the  talk about satin. Not that I’m at church every Sunday but It’s been a long time since I heard somebody discuss the devil or hell I’m guessing it’s just not good advertising both topics do deal with judgment and we know how much society loves the topic of judgment.
The Westboro church in Kansas was and maybe still is one of the few churches out there that has no problem talking about hell, it’s just they do it in what I see as a hate filled way. If you never heard of the Phelps and the Westboro church then just leave it that way they are no guiding light for Christianity nothing to aspire to.
So if you need a threat of internal torture to be a good person does that really mean you’re a bad person. Well if the threat holds true to your heart and mind and you’re practicing to be a good person because you know being bad will result in you going to a bad place. Kind of like Karma but no kind of like despair, Karma is like recycling mankind without grace and forgiveness. We all are sinners Romans 3:23 we all deserve hell so are we all bad people?
Since the fall of man we are born into sin meaning we cannot go to heaven without Gods grace, forgiveness and salvation but I don’t believe man is born to be bad. Being bad is normally learned or taught and it kind of makes since if your learned or taught to be bad then you tend to do bad things and if your taught to be good you tend to want to do good things. What would make you stop being bad, the fear of getting caught and paying the consequences or can one just out of the blue decide I’m a bad person I need to stop. I don’t believe one can just out of the blue stop, if they were taught to be bad then they need to be taught to be good. Whether it be by God or man sent by God being bad will not stop until you are told to or shown the error of your ways. Rules set up by man will not make you a better person.
This leads me to believe the meme is based on an atheistic point of view that there is no God and you’re a stupid and bad person to change your evil ways just because the threat of hell. With that mind set are you a bad driver if you drive the speed limit and fallow traffic laws because the threat of a ticket or jail time scares you to obey the law?go-to-jail-monopoly-game
As a Christian I feel it does not matter how you found Jesus as your savior, if the threat of hell led you to The God of the Bible is that bad. I could announce I’m done with Christianity and I do not believe in God his son or the Bible. I’m taking a chance in that belief, if I’m wrong then I pay the consequences of my decision and if I’m right and there is no God I die without any reason or impact basically a meaningless life whether I was bad or good it makes no difference.
I think most people that say they are saved and know and understand about having a relationship with Christ believe there is a hell and they don’t want any part of it. The motivation of being a good person is the relationship with God not being afraid of  going to hell. Maybe hell got you to look at life differently, maybe hell got you to reach out for help and for grace but it’s the relationship with God and his son Jesus that makes us better and want to be good. We will never be perfect in the eyes of man or God but while we are alive it’s our love for God that drives us to seek him and be better people, if hell gets a person to that point then that is alright by me.

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