Okay so many people that are religious do not believe in hell, they say that “a loving God would never send his child to hell because he loves them so much” umm hello.. have you looked around? there have been children that have beaten and raped repeatedly all throughout there childhood. there have been…
We don’t question God, nor do we judge others. To paraphrase Job 38:Who is this who gives murky counsel, with words without knowledge?
Where were YOU when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Were the gates of death revealed to YOU?
Is it by YOUR wisdom that the hawk hovers, spreads its wings toward the south?
Will you discredit God’s judgment?
Surely you have better things to worry about than God’s judgment!
@Jim — No, hell is NOT described more times in the Bible than Heaven. Perhaps you mean the Christian Bible (NT), but hell is NOT mentioned anywhere in the Hebrew Bible. Christians focus on the afterlife — Judaism is about our relationships here on earth where we have the opportunity to work together with God and our neighbors to create a world of universal peace and brotherhood.
The question “why does evil exist in the world?” has long been in the thoughts of human beings.
The answer is that the world is designed that way, it is a rough game, you don’t always win, you don’t always encounter good people.
Recognizing that life is this high-level game that takes every bit of energy we can muster, we realize that we wouldn’t have it any other way.
It would be unsustainable to have a world that was all-good. Because what appears good to one person is perceived as evil by another, there wouldn’t be any pleasing anyone.
There is no Hell. There is a loving God who is with you every step of the way, one who sees all points of view at once, and who thoroughly understands why you did what you did. It’s not like He’s hearing about this for the first time when you arrive in Heaven; with absolute understanding and compassion He helps you realize your wrong choices.
That’s far better than sending a person to burn in agony, and accomplishing nothing but fueling their greater hatred.
Because hell is never mentioned in the bible. If someone were to go to hell, wouldn’t it be adam, the first man who sinned? But in genesis 3:19 it shows that adam returned to the ground. It is not just that a person would be subject to eternal torment for the sin that he could commit in 70-80 years of life. Romans 6:23 shows that the wages sin pays is death. Romans 6:7 also says that “He who has died has been acquitted of his sin.” Ecclesiastes 3:20 says that all are returning to dust. All in all, this is simply not a bible teaching, and it would be unreasonable to assume that a god of love would make an agreement with the devil to torture one for the rest of his life over the sins one could commit in a lifetime.
Your husbands uncle will have to now not be saying such matters to you, ask your husband to have a word with him. There are a variety of horrible men and women on this world that call themselves religious, and various rather excellent ones that don’t. Without bringing my own beliefs into it, if God exists then he is aware of the difference and will care for people as a result whatever they claim to suppose. Individually, i’d tell him that any god that might send an innocent to hell is not one worth worshipping.
Not only that God wiped out all his people at a point in time, because they were too wicked. I’m not sure why someone doesn’t believe. Hell is a place for the wicked, regardless if people want to believe or not. God is just and righteous to those who love and serve him. Fear God, if you don’t.
BTW the hell on earth is not due to God, it’s due to people being wicked/ Sin. Your time on earth is short, and God will take away all the pain this life can bring.
God will punish, we don’t have to worry about that.
Although Hell is described more times in the Bible than Heaven, some religions do not teach their congregation about it. The Catholics are being misled and are told that there is not a “literal” Hell. JW’s are told that it is a place of death, not eternal suffering as described even in their own altered bible version. Personally, I believe that it is Satan at work.
I am a Christian – I am religious – and I don’t believe in a fiery hell – but I do believe in hell – as a man made grave:
Definition: The word “hell” is found in many Bible translations. In the same verses other translations read “the grave,” “the world of the dead,” and so forth. Other Bibles simply transliterate the original-language words that are sometimes rendered “hell”; that is, they express them with the letters of our alphabet p. 169but leave the words untranslated. What are those words? The Hebrew she’ohl′ and its Greek equivalent hai′des, which refer, not to an individual burial place, but to the common grave of dead mankind; also the Greek ge′en·na, which is used as a symbol of eternal destruction. However, both in Christendom and in many non-Christian religions it is taught that hell is a place inhabited by demons and where the wicked, after death, are punished (and some believe that this is with torment).
“Much confusion and misunderstanding has been caused p. 171through the early translators of the Bible persistently rendering the Hebrew Sheol and the Greek Hades and Gehenna by the word hell. The simple transliteration of these words by the translators of the revised editions of the Bible has not sufficed to appreciably clear up this confusion and misconception.”—The Encyclopedia Americana (1942), Vol. XIV, p. 81.
Translators have allowed their personal beliefs to color their work instead of being consistent in their rendering of the original-language words. For example: (1) The King James Version rendered she’ohl′ as “hell,” “the grave,” and “the pit”; hai′des is therein rendered both “hell” and “grave”; ge′en·na is also translated “hell.” (2) Today’s English Version transliterates hai′des as “Hades” and also renders it as “hell” and “the world of the dead.” But besides rendering “hell” from hai′des it uses that same translation for ge′en·na. (3) The Jerusalem Bible transliterates hai′des six times, but in other passages it translates it as “hell” and as “the underworld.” It also translates ge′en·na as “hell,” as it does hai′des in two instances. Thus the exact meanings of the original-language words have been obscured.
What does the Bible say the penalty for sin is?
Rom. 6:23: “The wages sin pays is death.”
After one’s death, is he still subject to further punishment for his sins?
Rom. 6:7: “He who has died has been acquitted from his sin.”
Is eternal torment of the wicked compatible with God’s personality?
Jer. 7:31: “They [apostate Judeans] have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, in order to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, a thing that I had not commanded and that had not come up into my heart.” (If it never came into God’s heart, surely he does not have and use such a thing on a larger scale.)
Illustration: What would you think of a parent who held his child’s hand over a fire to punish the child for wrongdoing? “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Would he do what no right-minded human parent would do? Certainly not!
You are talking about suffering and evil.
Excellent description by renowned New Testatment scholar NT Wright:.
‘Hell is what happens when human beings say, the God in whose image they were made, we dont want to worship you. We dont want our human life to be shaped by you. We dont want, who we are as humans to be transformed by the love of Jesus dying and rising for us. … We want to stay as we are and do our own thing. And if you do that, what youre saying is, you want to stop being image bearing human being within this good world that God has made. And you are colluding with your own progressive dehumanization.’
i’m a muslim who doesn’t believe in hell, the idea’s just never made any sense to me, whatever you’ll ever do in the 70-odd years you’re here, eternal punishment’s just too much.. if hell is death then i can dig that, but being made immortal to be kept seperate from god’s love, or to be actually punished for eternity, no, it doesn’t fit .. all it really is is a way of scaring people in to being good, and for that reason i don’t think it should be taught any more, same with heaven for that matter, people shouldn’t do good by other people because they’re scared of hell, they should do good by other people because it gives them pleasure when they do, and that’s the kind of personality we should be cultivating in people
answer: No, we say that our Gd wouldn’t condemn someone for eternity for something done in such a short life time.
So you’re blaming Gd on all the ills wrong in the world including child rape, molestation, abuse, etc?