posted on Feb, 11 2019 @ 11:08 AM
a reply to: andy06shake
Let's entertain the notion through, what happens to anyone who does not believe, bow down to, or capitulate with the views of God/Jesus in the
afterlife? Current Biblical rhetoric would seem to suggest they will be punished for all eternity via hellfire does it not? By the very same person
who allegedly created them in the first place, in his very image, and loves them ""unconditionally"".
I would not speak for other religions but only for the Nazarene's who are the foundation of Christianity. You asked the question - "what happens to
anyone who does not believe, bow down to, or capitulate with the views of God/Jesus in the afterlife?" According to the teachings of Jesus those
people are banned from His kingdom of everlasting life. Those who reject the God of Jesus are not punished in hell forever. They are contained in a
place in this earth which is called Sheol by the Hebrews. Sheol is eventually destroyed as the universe is destroyed and those in Sheol are then cast
into another place which is called the lake of fire.
What is not clear is whether or not consciousness is eternal for those who are rejected in this afterlife realm of the lake of fire. The scriptures
do tell us in Revelation 20:10 that the Devil, Beast, and False Prophet are tormented forever but does not say that the fallen angels or rejected
humans are likewise punished. We have no idea whether this lake of fire is another world or a realm of prison upon the new earth. Isaiah seems to
imply that it is a open realm in view of the saved human race.
(22) For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
(23) And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith
(24) And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall
their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
Now you can understand when I say that it is not clear to us exactly what happens. But to say in certainty that one is punished in consciousness
forever is simply not the belief in Nazarene Christianity. It is true that Jesus loves His creation but that love is not unconditional. There is no
blanket of salvation for anyone to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. There are conditions set down to qualify each person a place in the Kingdom of
Heaven. That is why everyone must face a judgment after death of this terrestrial soul. Just because Jesus loves is not to say that He likes nor
forgives. He has not and will not take Sheol [hell] out of His judgment as He judges a soul.
When one says forever then that must be explained by what is meant forever. To the living, the word forever means without end only because that is
what we are taught. But once dead there is no forever to be understood. Time is gone and only the present is realized. People should think on that
till it becomes a reality.