Tim summarizes many of the points I studied over the past five years as I fought with the idea of an angry God of Hellfire and brimstone with which I had been indoctrinated since birth. Love just didn’t fit that imagery at all. I recommend the linked articles for anyone facing this question.
Many Christians believe God will punish those who don’t measure up, and their punishment will be torment in a burning hell–forever. I strongly disagree; the Bible doesn’t teach such a thing and it is contrary to the character of the Father that Jesus describes.
Then What is Hell For?
If the Father does not punish us, then what is hell all about? The short answer is simple–there is no hell. If we imagine hell as a place where God sends those who don’t measure up and tortures them for eternity with fire, brimstone, and darkness, such a place does not exist.
Why would a loving Father do that? Some have a ready response to my question:
God takes ‘sin’ seriously and, because God’s righteousness is perfect, he must punish ‘sin’.
Since God’s righteousness is infinite, the punishment for sinning against God must also be infinite.
This is not…
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