Quote from: Lefein on November 17, 2010, 02:04:25 AM
I once had a thought, that might not answer your questions dear reader, but might put you on a train of thought to where God may lead.
Hell is separation from God, the traditional church, every church that has a doctrine of Eternal Damnation teaches that Hell is Separation from God (in some way or another, with, or without fire involved).
To be unsaved, is to be separated from God, the traditional church also teaches us this - because you can't have communion with God if you are not saved - thus says the doctrine. If a man is not separated from God (like the prodigal separated from his father) then he is with God, and has God, and if he is with, and has God then he cannot legitimately go to Hell. So in summary - The unsaved are separated from God.
God is Life, and so the unsaved being separated from God, are separated from Life. To be separated from life, is to be absent of it, and to be absent of Life is to be...well, dead.
So, the unsaved person is dead (let the dead bury their dead?) and separated from God. The saved person is full of Life, and is in the Father, as the Father is in him; no separation.
Wouldn't that not mean then, that the unsaved people are in Hell already? Since they are dead, and separated from God in their deadness? Eternal Damnation teaches that when an unsaved person dies, they are separated from God forever (they go to Hell). But here we find the unsaved are already dead, and already separated from God...Just like you and I once were. So, would they not already be in Hell...and being already in Hell, how can someone be cast into the place where they already dwell?
Ah, but this is the best part...
Since, the unsaved person is dead, and separated from God...for all intents and purposes - is already in Hell...already living in it...Just like you, and I once where...Do we not find ourselves having been saved? We are Christians after all...
Jesus saved us from Hell, pulled us right out of the middle of it. Death, Hell, and all that is Separation from God did not stop him, or hinder him one little bit.
Eternally lost in Hell? Not possible with God who picked us (unsaved, dead heathens) up out of Hell (separation) itself.