I wanted to share some thoughts that were contained in a recent Bible Student’s Notebook™, a weekly publication I receive via e-mail. [PO Box 265, Windber, PA 15963. firstname.lastname@example.org www.BibleStudentsNotebook.com ]
These questions are things to be seriously considered by any who believe that some are destined for eternal torment.
Questions of Import
Ø If the punishment for sin is eternal torment in hell and Jesus Christ took our punishment for us, why is He not still being tormented there?
Ø How could an “Almighty” being lose anything?
Ø If most of creation will be destroyed and most of humanity cast into a lake of fire to be tortured forever, would that not make this world and all the people the biggest mistake and failure the cosmos has ever experienced?
Ø If God is All-knowing, then He knew most of mankind would end up in eternal torment before He ever created the earth. Then, if God is Love and loves all with a father’s love, why would He go ahead and bring them into existence just to send them into eternal suffering?
Ø If Jesus Christ did not save the world, how could He be the Savior of the world?
Ø If Jesus Christ took away the sin of the world, whose sin was not included in that?
Ø If God is really sovereign, who can resist His will? Is it His will to save the world through Jesus Christ?
Ø Can God finish what He started? Or has He just become frustrated and scrapped the whole project?
In fact, the Bible does not teach eternal torment at all … but instead it reveals God’s amazing plan to ultimately save all mankind! The organized church (all denominations) began to incorporate error into its teachings even in the first few centuries, and official church councils systematized this error in developing the creeds of man which are today called “orthodoxy” and which we are told never to question. But study the Word intently for yourself. Think for yourself.
Let me close by sharing two passages that, to me, carry great significance.
Ø God wills that all mankind be saved (1 Timothy 2:4)
Ø God is operating all in accord with the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11)
Now if, in fact, God wills that all mankind be saved; and if He is operating all in accord with the counsel of His will; then who or what can stop Him from achieving His desired end? Is it Satan? Is it the stubborn nature of man? Is God not willing and fully capable to lead even the most stubborn of men to the saving grace He has provided thru our Lord Jesus Christ, who once said:
Ø I, if I should be exalted out of the earth, shall be drawing all to Myself. (John 12:32)