So we have a Mega Church having a series about Hell. It is surprising that it takes so much info to talk about Hell in the Bible.
In a nutshell I can save a lot of unnecessary hearing.
The Bible has two ways for people on the Earth.
People live their lives and people decide to go in two ways.
1/ First is listen to God and in www.youmustrepent.com is full of Video and Content about the decision people make and millions of people listen to God they front Jesus and they have their sins forgiven through the Cross of Jesus Christ and we call them Christians and when they die they go home. Home with Jesus. We have a picture of our home a picture but what it is exactly we do not know. Paradise, Heaven, pictures of the place. The bottom line is Listen to God makes a lot of sense
the alternative way is not to listen to God, and God has warned every person on the planet they will live their lives and then they will give an account to God. And a persons account to God is judged according to what they did while on the earth.
The way the Bible talks about when we stand before God there are degrees because God will do what is right in every person’s life. So, if a person is responsible for horrifying things on the earth that cause millions of people to be in misery and despair and cause millions of people are killed, well, that person will have a more severe judgement compared to a person who does not obey God but are not what we call evil people who do evil things and that includes the terrible abuse we see with children around the world, and even the Churches, Denominations who have people are really servants of Satan. So there are degrees of judgement.
Clearly the Bible talks about there will be no person in Heaven who has not had sins forgiven. The only way to get into Heaven to live with Jesus, people have to come to Jesus and have their sins forgiven, and that means those people have had their lives, hearts cleaned up God lets those people when they die they go home, heaven.
No one knows what Hell is. What we know is that Christians go home and those who are not Christians do not go to the same place and the other place is Hades and is called the bottomless pit, and it is called a bottomless pit because millions of millions of people go into it. What it is we do not know. We have pictures of what Hell is but what it actually is no one knows and in the same way no one knows what heaven is
God’s way will lead to happiness
God’s way if rejected means people who reject the invite are not going to be happy.
God does the right thing with all people, whether they except God’s invite or reject God’s invite
I always suggest to people use common sense. Your life and my life is extremely short. God gives us a purpose about what life is about.
NC Megachurch Pastor on ‘Disturbing’ Doctrine of Hell
The reality of hell is difficult to accept, but we can’t fully understand God and His world unless we grapple with it, says N.C. megachurch Pastor J.D. Greear, who has started a blog series on the doctrine of hell, a topic over which he once almost lost his faith.
“For years I’ve felt that if you were to give me a Bible, a divine eraser, and ten minutes, I would take hell out of the Bible,” writes the pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., in the first of a five-part series for “Between the Times,” the official blog of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“As a young Christian, when I began to learn about hell and its implications, I almost lost my faith. It was that disturbing,” admits Greear, but added that a Christian must grapple with it.
Greear begins the series with seven truths about hell.
One, hell is what hell is because God is who God is, he shares. “God tells us about hell to demonstrate to us the magnitude of His holiness. Hell is what hell is because the holiness of God is what it is. Hell is not one degree hotter than our sin demands that it be.”
Two, Jesus spoke about hell more than anyone else in Scripture, Greear says. “If we want to avoid the idea of hell, we can’t ignore the problem by just focusing on “meek and mild Jesus.”
Three, the reality of hell shows us the extent of God’s love in saving us. Jesus talked about hell to help us understand what He was going to endure on the cross on our behalf, Greear explains.
Four, people are eternal. As C.S. Lewis once said, “Perhaps my bad temper or my jealousy are gradually getting worse-so gradually that the increase in seventy years will not be very noticeable. But it might be absolute hell in a million years: in fact, if Christianity is true, Hell is the precisely correct technical term for what it would be.”
Five, we send ourselves to hell. “You keep telling God to leave you alone, and finally God says ‘OK.’ That’s why the Bible describes it as darkness,” the pastor writes.
Six, in another sense, God does send people to hell. Greear refers to Isaiah 45:24 to explain this, saying the prophet reminds us that all who are currently “incensed against God” will come before Him in the last day and be ashamed, not vindicated.
Seven, it’s not enough for God to take us out of hell; He must take hell out of us, the megachurch pastor states. You can’t enjoy heaven if you do not love and trust God, he says. “It would be like forcing you to be married to someone you didn’t want to marry.”
In the second part of the series, Greear deals with the apologetic problem hell presents to Christians. As skeptics often say, believing in hell is “morally reprehensible.”
Greear deals with three common objections.
Some say God is too loving to send someone to hell, he writes. But if God lets us into heaven as we are, we’d turn heaven into the mess the world is in, the pastor argues.
“Some might also say hell is too extreme of a punishment for the crime. One can say this only if she or he believes that the universe is all about humans, and trampling on the glory of God is not that big of a deal,” Greear says.
There are others who say, “I’m basically a decent person.” In Jesus’ death on the cross, we see God’s verdict on the sinfulness of humanity. The pastor says to show the seriousness of sin in God’s eyes. “Only when I first see myself as absolutely worthy of hell, then I am ready to understand the magnanimity of God’s grace.”
Greear concludes part two of the series by emphasizing that God’s wisdom is far above our own.
In one strand of DNA there is encoded enough information to fill up 500 sets of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Greear shares. Juxtaposing it with our problem in even getting our DVD player to work right with our cable box, he writes, “Does it not make sense that a lot of stuff about Him may not make sense to you?”