posted on Apr, 22 2005 @ 12:55 PM
I am not sure how satisfying these answers will be, but I shall give answer and let you decide.
Originally posted by TenaciousGuy
This is a religious question that has pondered my mind for a while now. If the God in the Christian bible is all-forgiving, how can anyone go to
I am still trying to define hell. So, for the sake of understanding let's use "seperation from God." With this definition, people go to hell when
they allow themselves to be seperated from God.
Once someone were to go to Hell(if it is real), wouldn't they realized God's existence and immediately ask for forgiveness and be forgiven
and allowed passage to Heaven?
Answering just the focus of the question going into particular details that make up the question: Not everyone would. Some people still wouldn't
accept the Truth even if absolute proof was standing before them.
I know that if I loved someone as much as the Bible claims God loves everyone, I wouldn't be able to send them to a place like Hell for an
eternity, so how could God?
Oddly enough, the choice is ours. In essence we send ourselves there.
I've heard Christians say that once you die, it's too late to ask for forgiveness, but if that were true then that would contradict their
same claim that God is all-forgiving, wouldn't it?
Well, this is a tricky one. It may be that it is indeed too late to ask for forgiveness when you die. However, to answer your question, one must look
a little closer and see if the question contains fallacies.
Do you need to ask to be forgiven? The common answer for this is yes. However, if you read there is a story (Luke 7:37-50) in which sins were forgiven
and the one forgiven never asked, one may find that it is not the case.
So, assuming one does not need to ask, a question remains. Can you be forgiven after you die?
With certainty, I know not. However there is a passage in the bible that leads me to believe it is possible.
Mat 12:32 (emphasis mine)
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be
forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to come.
[edit on 22-4-2005 by Raphael_UO]