The Following is an email I received from a pastor. Perhaps those of you on this board would like to provide him some answers. Here it is:
I can see that you are a Master on your own when it comes to interpret and accept/reject God's own WORD.
You are calling God a liar as wel as JESUS when he speaks of hell as a place of eternal separation from God and torment.
From THE BIBLE HELL
The author ventures to hope that any one who will read candidly, not permitting the bias of an erroneous education to warp his judgment, will not fail to agree with the conclusions of this book,----that the doctrine of unending sin and woe finds no support in the Bible teachings concerning Hell.
How do you interpret
Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
These 2 people had died physicaly, yet they had a state of consciousness soul/spirit.
How do you interpret:
Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Mar 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Oh yes, I know, you would rather say that this is all symbolic and figurative. God is a loving God and He would never do such a thing.
I see, people like Lenin, Stalin and Hitler who murdered MILLIONS on people created in the image of GOD, for whom Jesus died and shed His precious blood for mankind, are either awaiting judgement are sitting in Heaven because God is such a mercifull God. God will just turn His Face the other way and forget the horrors, pain and extermination that these people inflicted and caused on millions upun millions of innocent people.
I will be surprised if you believe that God destroyed the whole human race in the time of Noah. Oh no it did not happen!!, it is just pure immagination and speculation on the part of the writer of the book of Genesis. Oh no it was not GOD that destryed the Human race. Perhaps it was Noah himsef that killed all the people, he just got fed up with their sins. Or maybe it never really happened. It is just the product of a careless and senseless immaginative writer that had nothing better to do!!.
What about the account in:
Num 16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
Num 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.
Num 16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
Num 16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
Num 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
Num 16:33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
Num 16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.
Num 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.
Oh no it certainly was not an act of God, then whose act was it??
Do you know that the word pit here stands for SHEOL/HELL.
Bill Wiese: The man God took to Hell and back. Literally!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhfsxIS5fG8
This man died...and returned..Heaven and Hell are real?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li1iiQzEwXE
She Went To Hell! (Part 1 The Introduction) -Mary K. Baxter at EFCChttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHfVDPHHedI
Please reconsider your position on the WORD of GOD!!!!!
Pastor Victor Belo