Imagine the pain of getting burnt all over your body for 1 minute, for 5 hours, 2 full days, 11 years, 400 billion years… Without a break.
The majority of sincere Christians believe that God will prolong this agony for all eternity. And even if someone would beg Him with tears, to let him die, God will not let him faint even for an instant. It would be a dreadful and endless suffering. And all of this for what? For being a bad person? For rejecting God?…
The doctrine of hell manipulates the Creator’s character. And makes Him seem like a hateful being. Generating obedience manipulated by fear and implicating a punishment without any redemptive purpose. And its only purpose is to cause pain. And on top of that it does not solve the problem of evil. On the contrary, it makes it eternal.
Doesn’t it seem weird to you? That something doesn’t fit? Who could be interested that you believe in something like this?.. If this doctrine is in the Bible, we must accept it, even if we do not understand it. But what if it isn’t in the Bible? What if what they told you about hell wasn’t true?
You will discover something that will change your concept of God forever.
Are you ready? Let’s begin…
1st. - In the Bible, the word hell doesn’t appear. It’s a translation of Greek and Hebrew terms and originally didn’t have anything to do with fire.
2nd. - The word that Jesus used, Gehenna, comes from the valley of Hinnom, which was a landfill in Jerusalem that was continually burning. A place where they threw trash and dead animals and when the fire wasn’t consuming the bodies, the worms ate the remains. This was such a striking image that Jesus used it to speak about the final destruction. The people of His time understood it, until someone decided to translate it to “Hell”.
3rd. - And the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus?.. Jesus used a known Egyptian legend: the history of Bar Mayan. Jesus used it simply to teach a truth which He explains at the end of the parable. Read the story carefully and you will see that is not literal, is just that, a parable. By the way, never base a doctrine on a parable.
4th. - In the Bible, eternal fire or unquenchable fire is mentioned many times. How can we understand this?.. The eternal fire mentioned in the Bible is a kind of fire; Divine Fire, which involves a judgement from God, but it doesn’t actually refer to its duration.
Want an example? I’ll give you 2…
• Jude 7 says that Sodom and Gomorrah “suffered the eternal fire”. The city was destroyed, but isn’t burning ‘til this day, is it?
• Jeremiah 17 says that Jerusalem would suffer “the fire that never goes out”. And it did burn, but the fire went out. Why the fire went out? Precisely because it was an eternal fire, Devine Fire. This is a Bible expression and it doesn’t mean that something will burn for eternity.
5th. - According to the Bible, those who reject God’s salvation will receive the punishment of the eternal fire at the end of time. Do you know what happened to those who are going to be punish?..
• Psalms 21: “they will be consumed”
• Psalms 37: “they shall be no more”
• Job 20: “they will perish forever”
• Isaiah 1: “they will be destroyed”
• Ezekiel 28 says that satan himself will forever cease to exist.
Curious, isn’t it?.. The same eternal fire that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes, is the same eternal fire at the end of time. The lake of fire that the Bible calls “the second death” will be the end of evil for all eternity and the punishment will be exactly that, death. And there will be no more crying, mourning, or pain, anywhere in the universe. How can everything be perfect again if somewhere in the universe evil still prevails, think about it.
That’s the truth about hell. Things aren’t always as they seem. And sometimes the majority can be wrong. Never forget that.