First, I have to admit that I believe in Hell. I know I know you say that hell doesn't exist (I don't believe this but for the sake of argument I concede).
You "believe" in hell, but concede that it doesn't exist? So you believe in something that doesn't "exist" for the "sake of arguement"? No offense bro, but what kind of double talk is this?
Here is the dilemma. If ALL go to heaven, then why does any of this matter?
The same can be asked if FEW go to heaven... why does "any of this" matter if only FEW go to heaven? What relevance has the number?
If ALL go to Heaven, then this seems to be the accomlishment of COMPLETE and PERFECT plan, to me... If FEW go... it appears that the "plan" wasn't a very good one...
Remember, "God SO LOVED
Why believe in Jesus and follow Him if ultimately ALL go to heaven?
Now we get down to it brother Mark... You have established your "motive"... for you are following JESUS
to "get to heaven"...
As for me, ...I follow Him to PLEASE Him and to SERVE Him and thereby my brothers and sisters (one of which is YOU)... whatever results from that is okay with me, for ,my LOVE for Him, is why
I follow Him, not to "gain" anything.
I was a former athiest, I could have continued in my sin (which at the time was a blast, no guilt) and all would have been good. I die, get chastised, go to heaven. Sign me up!
You have missed the point totally and seem to know little of what the Scriptures teach bro... as you SOW to the FLESH, of the FLESH shall you REAP... as you SOW to the SPIRIT, of the SPIRIT shall you REAP...
In other words... continuing in misbehavior only returns to you by judgment brought against the FLESH -- Rom 1:18
-- the WRATH of GOD ...IS
... revealed (not will be)
As a christian, why couldn't I just NOT follow Jesus and continue to lie, steal, covet, lust, hate, etc. None of that would matter because, in the end, I get to go to heaven!
More unspiritual observation... wreckless and antagonistic in intent...
Do you think you can SIN WRECKLESSLY and that God (even though He shall save you), will not bring your behavior to LIGHT? Your proposition is criminal...
By the way, what kind of punishment will be doled out to me when I die.
NONE... you will get ALL that is coming to you in the HERE and NOW (which includes the LAST DAY and RESURRECTION)... so why not get drunk tonight -- eh?
Also, who gets punished? My sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus. Jesus said go and sin no more. Will I still be punished if I sin no more.
Whatever you have done will be dealt with bro... have ten more beers... and why not rob a bank? Get real!
Fear of "HELL" is not what keeps you in the fold... GAIN is your motive for belief...
Will I be punished for my past sins but not my future sins? (assuming I don't sin any longer)
You seem to be worried about punishment... If your heart was right, there would be no cause to worry -- eh?
If your theology of no hell is correct than we have nothing to worry about or fear.
Like I said in the other post, I would be happy to debate this subject with you, its one of my favorite fallacies to debunk, it is so empty of valid foundation in the WORD...
How many of GOD's Apostles taught it Mark? List me the MANY Scriptures you must have which note HELL and warning OF IT... Also while you're at it... where is JESUS COMMAND to teach it, found?
All will be taken care of. We will ALL be reconciled to God in the end. Again, why tell people about Jesus and why they need Him if even as an Athiest, Buddhist, Scientologist, Satanist etc. we ALL get to go to heaven for eternity. Seems to me that if this is true I'll easily take a little bit of chastisement for everlasting life.
If you were truly called, you would not be about the NEGATIVE mindset you are in... You would be preaching the LOVE and PEACE of the GOSPEL
(which IS PEACE -- Rom 10:15
)... and LOVE casts OUT FEAR -- 1 John 4:18
It remains to be seen, what you "know" about that GOSPEL
Please, if someone wants the challenge, supply the "proof texts" for Salvation AFTER death in CONTEXT please.
Where is the Biblical directive for CONTEXT, Mark? If you can show me one, than I will confine my words to CONTEXT (which can easily be done)...
THEOLOGY and THEOLOGIANS require that the WORD of GOD which is FREE, be CONFINED in their imprisonments...
This appears to me to be easy believism.
What is wrong with EASY Mark? The TESTIMONY of YHVH is sure making WISE, the SIMPLE
-- Psalms 19:7
It is BABYLONIAN theology that clouds the TRUTH with its various UNBIBLICAL CONFUSIONS... and COMPLICATIONS...