posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 08:36 PM
Originally posted by cenpuppie
reply to post by RevelationGeneration
It's not about that. What about those millions of souls that existed before Christ or never heard of them in say.. South America? Millions of souls
damned and they never had a chance. What is to happen to them on their judgement when they never had the chance to hear of this religion?
The Resurrection is an event that is outside of time, so to speak. Christ descended into Hades and preached to the dead. Those who die never having
heard of Christ will be judged on their hearts and how they acted on what they did know. God loves them just as much as the rest of us.
Here is what 'hell' is. This is the traditional Christian view. You may never have heard of it. I certainly hadn't for the first twenty-nine years
of my life.
First, the general use of the word ‘hell’ isn’t quite accurate. We have sheol/hades (the grave). The righteous and unrighteous dead are
separated. The Christian scriptures also speak of the lake of fire (gehenna). What I’m about to share is the Orthodox Christian view of heaven and
hell. This is the traditional understanding of ancient Christendom.
Here is a quote from an old Wikipedia article that I thought explained it well (the article itself doesn’t seem to be around anymore): “For many
ancient Christians, Hell was the same ‘place’ as Heaven: living in the presence of God and directly experiencing God’s love. Whether this was
perceived as pleasure or torment depended on one’s disposition towards God. St. Isaac of Syria wrote in Mystic Treatises: “…those who find
themselves in Hell will be chastised by the scourge of love. How cruel and bitter this torment of love will be! For those who understand that they
have sinned against love, undergo greater suffering than those produced by the most fearful tortures. The sorrow which takes hold of the heart, which
has sinned against love, is more piercing than any other pain. It is not right to say that the sinners in Hell are deprived of the love of God…But
love acts in two ways, as suffering of the reproved, and as joy in the blessed!” This ancient view is still the doctrine of the Eastern Orthodox
God is the light of 'heaven' and the fire of 'hell'. He doesn't change. He's the same either way.
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