I do not yet understand the nature of hell, but there is understanding I can share.
Originally posted by Herman
Besides, if you truley love something, you have to restrict some of it's choices.
If you love something, set it free. If it loves you, it will return.
When I was young, I knew a man who raised falcons. He was training a very beautiful bird. I came to visit after he had been gone for a week, the bird
was not there. I asked where was it? He explained he let it fly free from its tether. He waited for it to return, but it did not. I didn't understand
why he would do that.
This is roughly what he explained to me:
When a falcon lives in chains it will never be anything more than a servant or a slave. I would always be worrying if he would try to escape. There
comes a time in the training of a falcon that the trainer must allow the bird to fly freely. If you love your bird, you must do this. It is only after
you allow it to fly free and it returns that a true relationship can begin. Not one as servant and master, but one of partners. If he returned, I
would never again have to worry if he would try to escape. I would know he respected and loved me as I respected and loved him.
Or maybe there is no answer
The answer is there. One must simply seek to understand.
I had never had cause to consider the nature of hell. Recently, I have been considering this nature. The bible seems to contradict itself concerning
the nature of hell. If you have not seen these contradictions, the rest of my post will not make much sense to you.
However, I believe understanding can be found in understanding the timelessness of God and the spirit/soul, as well as understanding the nature of
The nature of perception, as it applies here, is best summarized in this story of 2 people who witnessed a shooting.
The first could say "I saw a guy walk up, and the next thing I know there was a gunshot and this other guy fell to the ground. It happened so fast, I
didn't get a good look at him.
The second could say "I saw a guy pull a gun out of his pocket and it was like time slowed down. He took two steps, raised the gun, and shot this
other guy in the back of the head." This second guy may be able to give a detailed description of the man or even the direction the blood
The same event lasted the same amount of time. The difference was knowledge that the event was about to happen.
I believe it is the combination of this perception based on knowledge and the timelessness of God and the spirit, which is key to understanding the
nature of hell and how it applies to those choose not to belief and those who never knew there was a choice. I simply haven't had the time to look at
every verse in the bible that applies to see if this hypothesis holds up under scrutiny.