I don't know whether to take the OP seriously or not. His interpretation is ... in left field. He deliberately takes scripture and ignores everything
around it as well as other verses that state hell is a very real place.
Here , ill post this one simple verse.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS.
It is called!! The second death. The lake of fire , final judgment.
I don think you understand scripture. Not ONLY do you have eternal separation from God , you also are in the fiery pit where it is the ONLY place God
does not maintain his presence. Hell is without God and its for eternity.
If you don't want anything to do with God , then there is a place where you wont have anything to do with God. Hell. You are an Eternal spirit. Your
soul does not die. Your body will , but your soul will remain. The only place your Soul can die , which it doesn't actually die , but is eternally
condemned is Hell which is refered to as the 2nd death because you are without God in eternal torment forever and are forgotten.
Ill just go ahead and post these. As its very obvious , hell is a very real place.
Revelation 14:11, And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night...
Revelation 20:12, 15, And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book
of life...And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Matthew 10:28, And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and
body in hell.
Luke 12:5, But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which AFTER he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear
Matthew 18:8, 9 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or
maimed, rather than having two hands or feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it
is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Matthew 25:46, And these shall go away into EVERLASTING punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
II Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with EVERLASTING destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.
Isaiah 66:24, And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither
shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be abhorring unto all flesh.
Do you also forget this story!?
22. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for
I am tormented in this flame.
25. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted,
and thou art tormented.
26. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass
to us, that would come from thence.
The Rich man has yet to face the second death , which is the final judgment. Hell is probably a cake walk compared to what the Lake of Fire (The 2nd
death) is going to be like.
edit on 2-3-2012 by milkyway12 because: (no reason given)