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Summary: How Can A Loving God Actually Justify Hell?

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People can be offended by the preaching on hell

- ("I can’t believe you think this! You’re just trying to scare people.

- That’s not very loving...").

- They claim that speaking about hell is unloving

- Like signs warning boaters of what is going to happen if they continue down the river.

- The signs are big, bright, orange and red

- “Pullout canoes here. Danger waterfall ahead!!”

- Signs ruin the pristine beauty of the river

- They’re just trying to spoil our fun.

- They’re just trying to scare people!”

- Park ranger signs were out of concern for unaware boaters

- Most unloving thing would be to take the signs down

- With no warning, boaters would drop to their death

People Who Don’t Believe In Hell

Surveys among church-going who don’t believe in a literal hell.

68% of Americans

60% of Episcopalians

58% of Methodists

54% of Presbyterians

35% of Baptists

71% of Ministry Students

17% in 1955 thought they were going to Hell

6% Today think they are going to Hell

- Hinduism/Hinduism, JW, Christian Science, Mormons, 7th Day Adventists don’t believe in hell

Purgatory

Purgatory is a place that a Christian’s soul goes to after death to be cleansed of the sins that had not been fully satisfied during life. No where is this found in scripture

Primary Scriptural passage

1 Corinthians 3:15 (AV)

15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

- Not the person but the works that pass through the fire.

1 Corinthians 3:12–15 (AV)

Limbo

The root of the word limbo is “the edge of a hem on a garment,”

- Limbo is someplace which borders very close to another.

- Limbo is “a zone which exists between two definite places.”

- No where in the Bible

- R.C. names a limbo for children who die before their baptisms or die outside of R.C. church.

- Scripture used Lk. 16:19-31 - Rich man and Lazarus

WHY? - Eternal Damnation So Repulsive

Fear.

- Hell’s description is awful

- Deny it Ignore it and it will go away

- Like hiding under the blankets

- Many people would rather ignore the source of fear than face it - Remember Hell was created for the Satan & Demons

Matthew 25:41 (AV)

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

A Flawed View Of God’s Love.

- A loving God will not have Hell

- God’s love does not negate His justice, righteousness, holiness

- God’s love has provided the way to escape

Hebrews 2:3 (AV)

3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Downplaying Sin.

- Hell is unfair

-Our own sin isn’t all that bad.

- A mere lifetime of sinning for an eternal punishment???

Ezekiel 18:4 (AV)

4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

- Remember God hated sin to death.

Wrong View of Eternity

- Everyone will eventually make it to heaven.

- Annihilation believes life ceases after death


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