It doesnt many any sense to me at all. I mean suffering for billions of years ok fine, but eternally thats just messed up. The eternal part is
the part that really gets to me. Its the part that im mostly afraid of and the part that doesnt many any sense I mean how can we suffer forever and
Its like this fear of hell is engraved inside of me and no matter what anyone says or how dumb the idea of hell is I still fear it.
Hell will not last forever. That is a major misconception. The majority of churches teach that mostly because they do no know any better. They
either do not study their Bibles and are just repeating what they have been told, or they do study their Bibles without letting the Holy Spirit lead
Hell is real, however. But, it will be quick:
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of
heaven, and devoured them.
At the end of the 1,000 years, the wicked dead will be resurrected, they will be deceived by Satan into trying to surround and take over the city of
the saints, and when they attempt that, God will rain down fire on them all. Hell is referred to as the second death.
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
If the soul will be destroyed in hell, then it does not make sense to believe that those who go to hell will be conscious and alert while being burned
forever and ever.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her
fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
The tree of life will be what perpetuates life while we are in Heaven. The tree of life would have perpetuated life had Adam and Eve not eaten from
the tree of knowledge. When they ate from the tree of knowledge, God cast them out of the garden and placed two angels with swords at the entrance to
prevent anybody from entering. This was because they had fallen into a sinful state and if they were allowed access to the tree of life, they would
live forever as sinners.
There will be no access to the tree of life for those who are destroyed by the lake of fire. One of the most well-known verses of the Bible, John
3:16 also tells us that only those in Heaven will have eternal life:
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Should not PERISH, but have EVERLASTING LIFE. Those who go through hellfire will perish. Those in Heaven will have everlasting life. It does not
say everlasting life in hell, and everlasting life in Heaven.
Make no mistake, hell is very real. Satan has deceived the majority of preachers into believing and teaching that hell is a place ruled by Satan and
his demons where humans will burn for all eternity. He has done this to push people away from God. How many times have we heard or read where
someone says they would not want to worship a God who tortures those who disobey Him forever and ever and ever? The thing is, He won't! Those who
willingly go against God's laws will perish in the storm of fire which will rain down upon them when God executes His judgement. Sodom and Gomorrah
were an example of how it will be.
Instead of fearing hell, think of all the wonderful things you will miss out on if you do not go to Heaven. We are not meant to be afraid. We are
meant to keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus and our Heavenly Father. If you have not accepted Jesus as your Saviour, there is no better time than now to
do so. Just pray in your own words that you are sinner and that you accept what Jesus has done for you, and that you want Him to come into your heart
and make you clean. He will do it.
There are many verses which some take out of context, and say that they mean that people will be alive and conscious in hell for all eternity. Here
is a link to a study that addresses all those verses, and explains them:
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