posted on Mar, 6 2011 @ 10:34 PM
"Hell" is not just a noun, it is also a verb. In the old days, before refrigeration, if you did not have a root cellar, you might just hell the
potatoes, turnips, apples, etc. You would dig a trench to below the frost line, and put some straw in the bottom. Then you would put down a layer of
potatoes (or whatever), put some more straw on top of that, and cover it all with the dirt you dug out. That was called "helling" the potatoes (or
whatever). "Hell" simply means the grave, nothing more.
I believe in the resurrection, not the rapture, reincarnation (or as some call it, reincarceration), not hell. God intends to save humankind to the
uttermost. The Lake of Fire is for the Devil and Demons. Anyone else who is thrown in is simply purified, and goes into the Kingdom later. It all
depends on whether you believe the fire of God is a destroying fire or a purifying fire.
If you believe in a just God, you will tend to subscribe to the eternal punishment of the wicked.
If you believe in a merciful God, you will tend to subscribe to the eternal death of the wicked.
If you believe in a loving God, you will tend to subscribe to the universal salvation of the wicked.
Note well that the wicked will pay for their sins, but also note well that God's Holy Law prescribes no punishment harsher than death for any
offense. Since death is only temporary, eternal punishment is excluded. If we think of sin as debt which must be paid off, the principle of the
Jubilee decrees that all debts are eventually cancelled. It is man who wants that debt paid to the last penny, but God says that your sins are
forgiven if you repent.
I can only hope that the OP is not too confused by the plethora of opinions in this thread.