The concept of eternal punishment
IF ETERNAL PUNISHMENT IS TRUE THEN GODS TRUE NATURE IS MALIGNED.
Scriptures dictate that God is love, not only that he loves but He is the essen ce and definition of LOVE. How do you define love? (1 Cor. 13) Paul says love suffers long and is kind. Love is not provoked or thinks evil. Love does not rejoice in iniquity. Love bears all things, believes all things, endures all things.
LOVE NEVER FAILS.
God is LOVE. 1 John 4:8,16. A love which seeks the best for others and never ceases until this objective is accomplished.
God suffers long and is kind. God is not provoked or thinks evil. God does not rejoice in iniquity. God bears all things, believes all things, and endures all things.
GOD NEVER FAILS.
This does not take away from His holiness and justicebut exemplifies it.
Is Gods punishment unending? If it is unendingto what purpose does it serve? Punishment without purpose is torture. God does not torture His creation.
WHICH IS MORE POWERFUL? THE FALL OF ADAM OR THE REDEMPTION OF CHRIST
Did the offense of the first Adam yielding condemnation and death for all men accomplish more that the Last Adams free gift of grace for all men? (Rom 5:15).
Did sin abound much more than grace?
These are thoughts that must be resolved if eternal punishment in hell is true.
Is it true that Gods love will fail for most of mankind?
Does Gods forgiveness have an expiration date?
The Bible speaks of a much more glorious God than we have been taught. Paul understood the redemptive work in Gods judgments. He knew the heart of God and he knew Gods will and purpose. His knowledge of Gods character and purpose governed his understanding of scripture. He did not tell his listeners of a place where men will be thrown, instead, he spoke of a God who not only loved all men but actually proved it by over coming and abolishing death. He said that Christ would pass His authority to God and God the Creator of all men would become All in all. (1 Cor. 15)
The wages of sin have always been death and not eternal punishment, or everlasting destruction in a literal burning lake of fire for ever and ever.
DOES BELIEVING MAKE A PERSON BORN AGAIN OR DOES BEING BORN AGAIN MAKE YOU A BELIEVER?
DOES THE GOSPEL MAKE A PERSON RIGHTEOUS OR DOES IT SIMPLY REVEAL A CONDITION THAT ALREADY EXISTS?
Does God have enough LOVE but lacks the POWER over mans will or Does God have enough POWER but not enough LOVE to save all men?