I asked: So basically, do you believe that a person (or a soul) will either spend eternity suffering or spend eternity in bliss?
Those who die in the state of mortal sin are choosing to live in an eternity of hell as this original post states.
First, thanks for a straight forward answer. Second, I show you why I disagree with your answer.
What does the Bible say the wages of sin are and the gift of God is?
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
So the wages of sin is the END of life, not an eternal life filled with torture. Plus that is compared to what is given...ETERNAL LIFE. In order to be tortured forever and ever in "hell" or the Lake of Fire, a person would have to already have eternal life or be immortal. That is contrary to other verses.
1 Cor 15:53 "For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality."
1 Tim 6:15-16 "He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality..."
Basically, what the Bible says is that the punishment for sin is eternal, but eternal in its consequences. So it is an eternal punishment, not an eternal punishing. The saved will live eternally with God, the unsaved will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire, and the consequence of that will be eternal.
**So the wages of sin is the END of life, not an eternal life filled with torture.**
So are you alive when you are in hell? — You talk about the end of life as being punishment. Then everyone who dies is being punished — even those who died in the state of grace and have incorrupt bodies.
I think you might be taking the Bible a little to literally there.
The end of life is a hell of eternity in everylasting flame and ashes.
So now, I have a question for you. What do you believe for someone who dies in the state of sin? Christ separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep go to everlasting life. The goats go to everlasting separation from God in hell.
posted on 05/21/2010 6:57:07 PM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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