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-How 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 compassion, and possessing a heart well on its way to being as loving as God -Philippians 2:5 "Let-this 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 -Matthew 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."

-It 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, etc.
    A definition of death is the inability to interact with one's environment.

-Psalms 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. 

-Doesn't Matthew 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 love and compassion, well, what are you good for, apart from your own selfishness? -Luke 9:62
    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." 

-What 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 not 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 already dead awaiting a resurrection. 
    In the 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 continue


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