REVELATION FIRST—THEN INTERPRETATION
Those who have seen the fullness of the plan of Redemption are often asked, "what if you are wrong ? You will then find yourself in the very "Hell" which you preach against and furthermore find yourself an accomplice to having led many to Hell. But if what you say is correct, then my belief in Hell will still get me to heaven. I can't lose with my beliefs but you can sure lose with your beliefs."
First of all, anyone with just a slightly open mind, can see there are quite a few Scriptures to support eternal punishment, annihilation, or the Salvation to ALL mankind through Jesus Christ. Throughout the centuries there have been sincere Christians in all these groups. Even Augustine, the champion of eternal torment said in his day, "There are very many ( imo quam plurimi, which can be translated Majority ) who through NOT denying the Holy Scriptures, do not believe in endless torments," ( Enchiria, ad Laurent. C. 29) St. Basil the Great ( C. 329 – 379 ) in his De Asceticis wrote: " The mass of men ( Christians ) say that there is to be an end of punishment to those who are punished."
Now if all three positions seem to have Scriptural grounds, this presents a problem for some. The solution to the problem is found in Matthew 16: 17.
( Go read NOW Please-the whole subject is really about God reveals
and has nothing to do with Peter being the foundation, the foundation IS the subject=Revelation
) You see, apart from the spirit of " Revelation", which comes from above and not from ourselves, the Bible can really be made to say anything we want it to say. Look at the thousands of denominations each based upon differences of interpretation of basically the same Bible. Most Christians Cults are even more intense in Bible study than average church-goers and they often come up with some very bizarre teachings. Most people are usually sincere in their beliefs. They really believe they have the truth. But until we have what Peter received
when Jesus asked him who He ( Matt 16:17 )…unto then, we only have knowledge which gets filtered through our culturally conditioned mind.
The Scriptures, apart from
the Spirit of Revelation often produces horrible systems of belief. Few of us are honest enough with ourselves to cry out to God
to be completely (set Free) from the traditions of men, from cultural, parental, political mind-sets which effect how we read the Scriptures.