Hellfire - Is It A Farce Or A Furnace?


Traditional idea:
It's down somewhere. Its Hot! The Devil stokes the fire. If you go there, be prepared for a long stay!

If this is true:
a. God looks after heaven, the Devil looks after hell - are they in partnership?
b. God tortures people forever for the bad things they do in less than a hundred years? He puts them there before He has had a judgement? He is unjust.
c. Some people will be punished longer than people who lived later and did worse things!
d. God keeps people alive so he can torture them? or He is not able to destroy them?

The teaching of Eternal Torment has turned more people from God than any other teaching! But does the Bible teach it?

What does the Bible say about God?
1 John 4:8 and John 3:16
God is love

What does the Bible say about the fate of the unsaved?
John 3:16 Whoever believes in Jesus will not perish
Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death - The gift of God is eternal life
When will the wicked be punished?
2 Peter 2:9 No sinners are suffering in hell at present
Matthew 13:40-42 Rewards and punishment will be at the end of the age

Where will the wicked be punished?
Revelation 20:9 On the earth
2 Peter 3:10-12 By fire

For how long are the wicked punished?
Psalm 37:
Verse 9 Evildoers shall be …
Verse 10 The wicked shall be …
Verse 20 The wicked shall … The enemies of the Lord … shall vanish into …

Will the fire be hot?
Malachi 4:1-3
To what type of fire is it compared?
How much is left?

What about where the Bible talks about:
Matthew 25:41 "Eternal fire"?
Jude 7 says God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with everlasting or eternal fire
2 Peter 2:6, Peter says that the fire turned those cities into ashes as an example to those who live ungodly. Eternal or everlasting fire turns things to ashes and then goes out. It is everlasting in its EFFECT, not its DURATION

Tormented forever and ever?
Revelation 20:10 FOREVER in the Bible is a period of time, limited or unlimited, depending upon what is being described. The word FOREVER in the Bible is like the word TALL. Tall has different meanings depending on what is being described, such as a dog, or house, or a mountain. The word FOREVER is used 56 times in the Old Testament in connection with things already ended. In the case of man, the Bible teaches that FOREVER means MAN'S LIFETIME or AS LONG AS A MAN LIVES. In the case of Samuel, FOREVER meant "AS LONG AS HE LIVES" (1 Samuel 1:22,28). Burning FOREVER in the fire means that man burns until he dies

Unquenchable fire
Luke 3:17
Jeremiah 17:27 Jerusalem was destroyed with unquenchable fire.
2 Chronicles 36:19,21 Jerusalem was burnt with fire to fulfil Jeremiah's prophecy
But, it is not still burning today
Unquenchable fire cannot be PUT out, but it GOES out when everything is burned up

Everlasting punishment
Matthew 25:46 It is not everlasting PUNISHING but rather PUNISHMENT
Romans 6:23 Paul says that the punishment for sin is DEATH
Revelation 21:8 Revelation calls this death the SECOND DEATH which the wicked die in the fire
2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 That death or destruction will be eternal because there is no resurrection from it

What happens to the Devil?
Hebrews 2:14 Destroyed
Revelation 20:10 Burned (He fuels the fire rather than stokes it - traditional idea)
Ezekiel 28:18, 19 Gone forever

How does God feel about the destruction of the wicked?
Ezekiel 33:11
John 3:16
2 Peter 3:9
Matthew 25:41 Hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels
John 14:1-3 Heaven is prepared for people

Any person who ends up in hell goes where God never intended people to go

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