can I be sure I'm not one of those that 'qualify' for the fiery furnace?-Matthew
13:41,42 "The Son of man shall send forth
his angels and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend
and them which do iniquity. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire.
There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
If you have love
in your heart, toward Christ for what
he came to do in the person of Jesus,
and toward others, then you will be busy in works of doing kindness, exercising
and possessing a heart well on its way to being as loving as God -Philippians
mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." 1John
2:10 "He that loveth his brother abideth in the light and there is
none occasion of stumbling in him."
As such, you're
out of the "fiery furnace" group
13:38,39 "The field is the world; the good seed are the children
of the kingdom; but the tares are the children
of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest
is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels."
says here that God can destroy both the body and soul in hell?-Matthew
10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill
the soul. But rather fear him which is able to
destroy both soul and body in hell."
The word 'destroy' means 'to render
useless or of none effect', 'to separate to ruin'. The spirit
of man, which is in man, and makes man what he is –
man, can be 'destroyed' in the sense that it can be rendered by God, as
being unable to function. I guess in that sense, it's dead, unable to express,
of death is the inability to interact
with one's environment.
9:17 says the wicked shall be turned into hell? What does hell mean?
The three words in the original Greek (New
Testament), all rendered 'hell' in the English are: hades – 'the grave'
or 'unseen'; tartaroo – more severe version of 'hades' and gehenna – which
referred to a garbage dump outside the city of Jerusalem which had a continually
burning fire to burn up trash.
Re: Psalms 9:17: The word 'wicked'
means 'to do wrong' (does
it apply to you?). The word 'turned' in this verse in the original
Hebrew (Old Testament)
means 'returned from, but not necessarily back to the original starting
point'. The word 'into' is not in the original. The word 'hell' here is
the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek 'hades'.
Jonah was in 'hell' when he was in
the body of the big fish -Jonah 2:1,2.
25:41 and 13:38-42
prove there is an everlasting hell awaiting those rejecting God?
Notice Jesus says "depart from me you cursed". Who
are those under a curse and why?
Jesus was saying that if you lack
and compassion, well, what are you good for, apart from your own selfishness?
As the subject here shows, hell itself
is not everlasting. Those rejecting God, God has not
yet awakened to Him, for when
He does, who's to resist? -Romans
9:18,19 "Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy.....For
who hath resisted his will?" Isaiah
44:6,7 "Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel and his redeemer the
LORD of hosts; I am the first and I am the last and beside me there is
no God. And who, as I, shall call and shall declare it and set it in order
for me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming
and shall come, let them shew unto them." Isaiah
45:17-19 "But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting
salvation. Ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. For
thus saith the LORD that created the heavens, God himself that formed the
earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he
formed it to be inhabited. I am the LORD and there is none else. I have
not spoken in secret in a dark place of the earth. I said not unto the
seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain. I the LORD speak righteousness, I
declare things that are right."
about Lazarus and the rich man in Luke
16:19-31? Doesn't this prove there is a hell?
This is a story (an allegory)
Jesus was telling; the theme of which is; a rich man who stood by and let
a poor man suffer, a rich man who
provided no help when he could easily have. Those who are selfish will
have as good a future as even a lowly beggar -verse 22. Like many people,
once they have lived their lives the way they have wanted, then
they want the rest too -verse 24. Notice here, the rich man cried unto
"father Abraham", who was
dead awaiting a resurrection.
story Jesus must have been thinking about the religious Pharisatical
types -Luke 3:8.
The "great fixed gulf" (verse
26) may mean (when one considers the context) that Jesus was referring
to those who show love and those who don't, as in the
story of the Samaritan and could also refer to those whose minds opened
to love and those still blinded.
In the original there are no verse
designations or chapter breaks. These were inserted (thankfully) to make
it easier to find things.
Jesus carries on in Luke
17:1,2 showing it bades not well
for those who neglect helping, when it is in their power to be able to.
And those being that way are often overcome
by their selfishnesses; but God loves them too. Jesus felt for people.
He had compassion.
If this story is used to prove an
ever burning hell into which the wicked go, then it negates all else in
this subject here.-...Questions