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Its too bad this thread deteriorated to a saints and sinners debate because the OP was on to something. The duality/inversus theory is well known in occult. It is something i enjoy looking into.
Jesus said, "Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace upon the world. They do not know that I have come to cast conflicts upon the earth: fire, sword, war. For there will be five in a house: there'll be three against two and two against three, father against son and son against father, and they will stand alone."
originally posted by: raikoh
originally posted by: yuppa
I have to ask. has anyone ever really analyzed th efunction of the lake of fire? Here is a thought some bible scholars have come to think.
God is a loving God we can agree correct? And as such loves everyone. But liek any father he has to punish or discipline his children. Hence the idea of Hell. Now seeing as how any father hates to see his children suffer its been argued that hell does not house any sinners(after jesus left it) currently and all souls that are not instnaly judged good are sent to purgatory. these include aetheist(who are given a chance to know God as well as all others who died not knowing who God was to be fair) who would have otherwise been sent to hell
Now Remember the Promise of no more tears in heaven correct? How is that possible if they have a loved one in Hell? COmmon sense says it woudnt be right? Well during the final throne judgement the bad souls will be tossed into the lake of fire and be consumed(its a mercy actually) as to had never existed in the memory of their friends and family who made it to heaven. Thereby eliminating the sadness because who would be sad for someone they cant remember existing? This in turns dovetails with God loving all of us because he does nto want to see his creation in agony forever.
RE: function of lake of fire. I read the quran and it describes the lake as what i interpret to be a waste management system. I'll paraphrase here but it says organic food waste from a billions of creatures rains down from the "garden city" AKA New Jerusalem into the pit of fire. The damned then eat the scraps, but some undoubtedly get burned up. Its part a recycling system, part a prison. And according to the quran its also where little flame creatures feed on "pitch" that oozes out of the shirts the prisoners wear. And it is home of a tree. The Satanic Tree of Death called Zaqqum. It may sound weird but i have a quran in english and read the whole thing about two years ago.