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originally posted by: Abednego
Hell is not a place for punishment, is a place of cleanliness. In the bible right after people is thrown out into hell, John saw a new Earth and a new Heaven. This people won't remember anything.
The ones that go to heaven will witness the glory of GOD. These people, some will remember, some not.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
Say you make it into heaven, you walk up to the pearly gates and as you get closer they start to open with angel harps and all playing in the background, you then step into heavenly bliss.
But uh oh, there aren't many people here because only a very few will make it, right? And you notice that uncle Jeff isn't here, neither is your best friend or a few other very close friends and relatives who passed on before you. Say you have children and after waiting for what seems like eternity they never show up, you come to find out that all these people that are missing from your life in heaven were either faking their faith or somehow didn't meet the standards of God in order to make the cut.
You then realize that at that very moment they are in hell suffering for eternity, in the most agonizing pain imaginable for the rest of their existence (forever apparently) and somehow you are still in "heavenly bliss" despite knowing these things. How does this work? How can someone be happy and in bliss for eternity knowing that just on the other side of those gates you walked through your family and friends who didn't make the cut are suffering?
Just a thought I had and wanted to share it with some. Can anyone explain this supposed contradiction to me? If hell is not suffering but non-existence then how does that make it any better? People hurt from someone's death because they know they will not see them again in this lifetime, what about the knowledge you will literally never see them again? That would be almost too much to take I would think, but apparently everything in heaven is perfect and all of its inhabitants are in bliss.
Take that how you will, it is just an interesting thought I had.
originally posted by: lightofgratitude
God is The Spirit of Life, and God created our Spirits by breathing His Spirit into these bodies and giving us Individuality. If God causes anyone to suffer for all eternity, then He will be hurting Himself for all eternity. Human beings are ignorant enough to wish for someone to suffer, but God is more intelligent than that. If someone is hurting others, then they are ignorant that everything is connected. This is why Jesus said to love your neighbours and your enemies, and that God gives sunlight and rain to the good and evil.
God has love for all. Christ will draw all man(kind) to himself from Compassion and understanding the intense pain that HE suffered on The Cross.
You then realize that at that very moment they are in hell suffering for eternity, in the most agonizing pain imaginable for the rest of their existence (forever apparently) and somehow you are still in "heavenly bliss" despite knowing these things.Text