Meaning of Life Part 13

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series What Is the Meaning of Life?

In the ages of the far future through stern discipline and punishment for sin, all men shall at length be restored, redeemed, made holy and happy. This is the doctrine of Universal Redemption. The only trouble with this doctrine is it is a lie from Hell!
That all souls who fail of the grace of God, eternal life shall be punished, not by eternal torment, but annihilation, complete loss not only of God and Heaven, but “I” will NOT cease to exist. Ceasing to be, forever and ever, man will never know the FULL anguish, eternal misery. Complete destruction of body and soul will end what began in non-existence. Nothing is lost or harmed. The “I” will become non-existent. It must have taken A long TIME to think up this lie. It is more complicated than the previous lie and soothes the sinner into a deeper sleep in the mire of degradation
All who die in sin shall be banished from God’s presence and exist in a state of conscious suffering for all of Eternity. This concurs with the teaching of the Scriptures for the future life: the man who is redeemed will live gloriously well with the good from all ages of existence while the damned shall live in an unutterably painful existence with the evil; with the garbage of mankind. Malignity of sin will mean misery and ruin to the impenitent, irretrievable ruin. The fatal, irrevocable result of unrepented sin surrounds three words. Damned, Hell, and Everlasting.
The word damn is heard often. Every time it is heard it is spoken by those who give it no consideration. It means to condemn, to judge adversely. “Woman, neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.” John 8:11 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:16 “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” Romans 13:2
Hell, the Greek word Gehenna, is used 18 times in the New Testament. Once it is translated from the word tartarus, 2 Peter 2:4, five times from the Greek word Hades, the unseen realm, twelve times from the word gehenna a word that was a metaphor from Hinnon, a valley outside Jerusalem where garbage, debris, dead bodies of animals and unclaimed humanity were pitched. In this valley a constant fire burnt, we are told. Hinnon had previously been the place the Jews offered their children to the god Moloch.
Everlasting is from the Greek word aionios. It means all of the period to which it refers. If it refers to time, it is not limited. If it refers to timelessness, it is infinite. “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on then that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.” 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
So horrible is the punishment of the wicked, God used figures of speech to describe it, not words. To misuse the teaching about this place is to cause it to lose its power as a deterrent.
Then, there is Heaven. To the finite mind, Heaven is inconceivable. No experience man can have will prepare him for this Place. It is impossible to realize. As the spiritual body is analogous to the earthly, as the oak is the result of the acorn, as the Lily is the result of a bulb, and the flower of the seed; so Heaven is end of the righteous!! Heaven is supreme joy. Heaven is to be a condition as much as a place. There must be a Heaven somewhere, no other conclusion befits a benevolent Creator!!

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