reply to post by PatrioticPony
God loves us ever so...that he created a place like hell? something doesn't add up.
I think the simplest answer would be that God did not create Hell.
Even Genesis 1 does not say God created the entire planet. It says that God (or, the gods) created heavens and earth, by which it means the dry land,
and the atmosphere. Today, in our vocabulary, we hear the word, earth, and think it means Earth, the planet. In Genesis, it just means something like
what you can pick up and hold in your hand.
God made an inhabitable biosphere for us to live in and left the things not involved with our lives as-is. The universe was created by something, not
a being, but what could exist in the void. Whatever that was does not exist in the same way it did, since now it is in the universe, which is why it
created the universe, in order to have a place to live in and to have a real sort of being. A universe did come about but it was what could be created
by that thought, and did not have that thought all the way to the end, an end we have still not gotten to, since the thing we can think of as the
primeval thought incorporated itself into the universe at some point in the process, so it just continued on in that process according to a plan that
existed, but without the ever-present unseen hand of the creator.
The continuation of the primordial "thing" manifests itself in the universe through the sentient beings, including ourselves, and what we call, God.
God, at this point, when it came into being within creation, was not part of that massive creation, but participates within what had already been
created through that process started before time. God cared about the less powerful beings, that still were part of that "knowing" from beyond the
void. So God made things better so we could live in the universe, and thus fulfills the desire from which we all came.
What we ended up with was this huge physical thing which is the universe, which goes along with what seems to be its own set of laws. Among those
things are laws of life and death for all things living, us included. God does His best to work within certain preexisting parameters to bring about
the best life can offer, and that also means, as in the Gospel, life more abundant, and what we might call eternal life, which Jesus spoke about. This
would involve taking measures against the natural order of things, which would be hell, which God did not create, but which just exists, as part of
what the universe ended up being. God is not going to create a new universe, but teaches us how best to live in this universe, and that includes how
to get out of hell with our original identities intact, meaning we will be back to who we were before, and not just an unidentifiable particle of life
force going to a new person.
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