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CrossoverManiac:
When I believed in ET, a young lady told me she didn't believe God sent people to Hell.  I told her that she was wrong.  However, if it was scriptural/in the Bible, then I would believe it.  It wasn't long when I finally found those Scriptures in inadvertently while getting in a debate with a Calvinist on free will.  I chalked it up as 'gee, it would have been if it was true'.  But over time, those Scriptural passages were revealed to me through God's grace.  I was resistant at first and even argued against it. Eventually though I came around.  Here's the point I wanted to make.  People often argue against ET by saying that a loving God would never send someone to Hell for all of eternity.  But this could be seen as an appeal to emotion or wishful thinking.  Do you think it's better to just stick to the Bible because if the only intellectual justification is the Bible, then proving the Bible, translated accurately from the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic should at least get the intellectually honest ET'ers to think twice about their false doctrine.

Or am I wrong in my reasoning?

jabcat:
I mostly go with the scripture on it, but also use the "would a loving God?" etc. thought process a little bit as well.

micah7:9:
I have found out that "would a loving God?" answer is usually answered, that God's love is also His way of punishing those who chose and that they wouldn't listen, so God being "just" must out of tough love commit those to hell for shunning His love.  :dontknow:

jabcat:
yes, and then that can lead to discussions about "God's will", "God IS love", "the gentle Lamb of God watching people seared and tortured for millions of years!?" ("in the presence of the Lamb").  Some people are open, many are not.  I think some are probably scared to look at anything different than what is typically taught.  Also, I still believe most Christians think that's what the Bible actually teaches, given the Latin Vulgate/KJV influence.   :2c:

WhiteWings:

--- Quote from: CrossoverManiac on November 28, 2011, 06:33:58 AM ---When I believed in ET, a young lady told me she didn't believe God sent people to Hell.  I told her that she was wrong.  However, if it was scriptural/in the Bible, then I would believe it.  It wasn't long when I finally found those Scriptures in inadvertently while getting in a debate with a Calvinist on free will.  I chalked it up as 'gee, it would have been if it was true'.  But over time, those Scriptural passages were revealed to me through God's grace.  I was resistant at first and even argued against it.
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I think that's a good thing. If you are convinced by a chat and 2 verses it often means your doctrine will change daily.




--- Quote ---Eventually though I came around.  Here's the point I wanted to make.  People often argue against ET by saying that a loving God would never send someone to Hell for all of eternity.  But this could be seen as an appeal to emotion or wishful thinking.  Do you think it's better to just stick to the Bible because if the only intellectual justification is the Bible, then proving the Bible, translated accurately from the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic should at least get the intellectually honest ET'ers to think twice about their false doctrine.

Or am I wrong in my reasoning?
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Yes and no  :winkgrin:
Of course you should try to understand what's written and not what you hope what's written.
But that doesn't exclude emotions because reading the NT gives the reader a feeling of Jesus' character.
He tried to be helpful/caring/etc whenever possible. OTOH He confronted wrong things head on. He had zero compassion for the false teaching of the Scribes.
BUT He forgave them all when hanging on the cross. He spends His last moments forgiving people while for example He could have given them a fire and brimstone sermon.
My point is that your emotional appeal seems to be reflect Jesus' character.
"Father, forgive them" instead of "Father, get those books of law ready."

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