"Heaven and hell have far less to do with morality than they do with simple faith through Him."
But please understand my point: if Hell is a place where sin can persistand not just the consequences of unpardoned sin: God's wraththen isn't there still a work of the devil that remains?
Trying to understand why punishment is everlasting goes beyond simply telling folks that there is a Hell.
Such a feat wasn't even necessary in the 1st Century because even among pagans there was a sense that justified wrath was only a misstep away.
But in these apostate times, when many people who even call themselves Christians mock the fact of hell by saying that to pay out an eternity of suffering for a moment of sin is sadistic (among other things) it does serve a purpose to put forward intellectual and reasonable constructs that demonstrate that maybe, just maybe the modern world is arguing against a strawman of its own devising?
posted on 11/11/2006 11:36:15 PM PST
The penalty of sin isn't eternal wrath, it is eternal death. A state of existence involoving separation. Sin was atoned for on the Cross. Christ's atonement was unlimited. This propitiated His wrath. That doesn't mean the issues of good and evil have been solved yet. One consequence of any good performed independent of God, will be a just judgment its worthlessness.
posted on 11/12/2006 6:14:56 AM PST
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