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Originally posted by Cinrad
I dont know if anyone watched the vid I posted, for some reason I can never embed videos here. The points I would like to make are:
1) God made people immortal
2) People who dont want God in thier life want to be God themselves. So God puts these gods in their own universe, one of thier own making. Of course they cant really make anything out of nothing themselves (that is not God's fault, he never designed humans to be able to create out of nothing), so they exist there in darkness in a world of thier own making.
3) The things they dont like about themselves now will just get worse over eternity, so they end up being consumed by these things (hate, jealousy, pride, apathy, etc.)
4) So God doesn't dangle people over flames and threaten to throw them in if they dont obey him, He actually gives them what they want.
5) Many are decieved by the belief that they are gods themselves and can create thier own reality. Good luck to them.
6) Jesus came to save you from yourself (the ugly bits of your self which will consume you if you are left alone for eternity).
Should I forgive this so called God? One that asks the blood sacrifice of animals? One that commands his followers to destroy and murder others? And will even go so far as to demand women and children to be put to the sword... all for the sake of his own pride and jealousy?
Everlasting fire has symbolic meaning... Not to be taken literally... Similar to what he said about hell, only when he spoke of "hell" it was a literal meaning... Look up the word Gehenna, it was an actual place where the bodies of the dead who couldn't afford a proper burial were thrown, and they used sulphur to dispose of the material so as not to spread disease. Which is where the fire and "brimstone" idea came from. The fires in Gehenna burned day and night which is where the "eternal fire" came from.
I know of what brother said. But, an assumption is drawn based on logic of man. If he goes into said fire, and it doesn't state he will come out, that must mean he will burn forever. Do not think of it, from the natural point of view.
Jesus was talking about a place like Earth. Everlasting fire doesn't mean being burned by fire literally, it symbolizes all the bad things that happen on this planet.
you refuse to believe what the bible says yet you are trying to take it literally here?
So you're saying my interpretation doesn't make any sense at all?
I think it's pretty simple to understand personally which means you aren't trying to understand, you're just writing it off.
What is your interpretation? The literal version? If so, you are not helping in any way your own position.
18 "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?