The doctrine of eternal conscious torment is a totally fictitious man-made heretical doctrine that is found NO WHERE in Scripture.
I've written exhaustively on the subject after performing countless hours of exegetical and hermeneutical study, cross referencing, etc., ... perhaps
I should post my essays on ATS someday. Again, no where in Scripture does it speak of some mythical place in the New Heaven and New Earth where the
fallen will suffer eternally in some dark corner of His restored universe, conveniently and neatly stowed from everything else. This is an abominable,
absurd, self-refuting concept - not in keeping with the character of God or His revelation. Not logical or even theoretically possible. It's a
ridiculously insane notion. Contemporary and ancient Jew alike did/do not recognize hell in the sense that Western Christianity does.
Hell is not a place; it is an event.
It is eternal only in consequence, not duration.
That being said ...
Even if you don't believe Scripture to be the true word of God, you can be certain that it does not speak of eternal conscious torment of the fallen
in some ghoulish torturous hellfire (regardless of who the author is). I submit to you the following:
Scripture makes it clear that those who reject God will cease to exist; will be blotted out of existence. Hell IS a punishment, but it is not eternal.
Please consider: the Almighty - absolute reality, beingness itself - has created corporeal, conscious beings capable of understanding that He exists,
who He is, and with that knowledge the ability to freely reject or freely accept Him.
When one of God's created decides they want nothing to do with Him or His law or His nature or His eternity or His path - what is He to do? Is He to
bind you to himself for eternity against your will
? Is that just? Is that fair? Is that wisdom?
In the end He is left with no choice but your own.
Would you actually WANT to be forced into His fold after knowingly and willfully rejecting Him?
As such, He has but one choice left which satisfies His standards for both
justice and mercy.
You simply cease to exist - a bleak enough prospect, to be sure. But it's either that or forcing you against your will to join His kingdom. It is God,
our Creator, framer of worlds ... honoring your free will in the highest degree imaginable
And so it is ...
God decides to honor your free will in allowing you to reject Him, reject life itself ... or God decides to bind you to Himself for eternity without
Which of the two options is the higher justice? The higher mercy?
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