A loving God?there is not literal fire and no eternal physical agony as that would not tie in with a loving God in my opinion.
Yes, God is love, the greatest love in existence. I believe God’s wrath will abide with the unsaved partly due to the love he has for the unsaved (and for several technical reasons as well as the choices of the unsaved).
God loves his creation! He came to earth to save us, he planned, created and sacrificed. He gave everything that was good and perfect in existence. He endured all the pain, torment, humiliation and suffering brought on by the very ones he loved and wanted to save more than anything. He was spit on, mocked, abused and laughed at…then hung on a cross to die. Yes, he is a God of love and I am sure he would do it all again if he had to. His suffering was great. But there is something that hurts Much more than physical pain..
Great love creates GREAT angry when it is abused, trampled on, betrayed and played with….What happens when you break the heart of a being that Loves you more than you can ever imagine, the greatest love in existence, a love that is endless?
His creation knows he is God Romans. 1:20 , we know of his love but the unsaved loved Satan more. They lust after Satan’s deceitful beauty and submit to his will. They gave him all that God desired from them…They knew the Father was God but chose Satan instead…..
On the day of judgment, the unsaved will hate God. God can not lie to himself or he will sin, no second chances because he knows the truth, they do not love him.
He loved the unsaved enough to experience great suffering and death…..Now they stand before Him…His creation, Satan’s prize, used to torment God…..He can never save them!
It’s to late now…I wanted to save you, I loved you….I would have given you everything, he only wanted to use you!
The situation is hopeless…..The anger created by His immeasurable Love begins to swell…..
You want Satan?! Fine, but he BURNS! Go be with him…..
The anger generated by a perfect heart, broken from the hatred of his beloved and Satan’s evil grin must be beyond measure…
On top of this you have the endless list of crimes against God and the punishment given because of the effects (<-this could be very great) of those crimes etc, plus (as I said) all the technical stuff. I’m sure it’s MUCH worse than I make it sound. But given the character of God, the context in which the scriptures about hell are used, various biblical elements and my gut feeling. I do believe that there will be real fire in hell just as the scriptures in my last post (and many others) describe it. And just as the scriptures say, the punishment will be eternal…just as Gods gift for the saved will be eternal. And his wrath will be great.
You know, God the Father is not human, Jesus is Gods human representative and the unsaved do not know him (and they hate him). So what happens if one can not get Jesus to represent them in the presence of God the Father? There is but one way He forgives sins. He requires a sacrifice…Revelation 14:9,10,11 (sounds like he gets one). God may have to forgive in order to preserve his perfect heart, or because of his own laws….
In any case, I take responsibility for what I have said and I have no fear of hell at all. I am certain that God would never send me there so no matter how bad it is, I am not concerned for myself. But I do fear God, in the way a child would fear his Father.
You guys make sure you can say the same concerning what you say…You do not want to be in anyway responsible for anyone going to hell or answer to God for it, even if we are saved, It will not be pleasant (not saying he will send the saved to hell, but I would not want him angry at me concerning this).