Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
But I'm really inspired to ask.
This is a purely philosophical question.
If a lets say, Athiest spends his whole life working for AID agencies, helping starving children in Africa. Seflessly. But never accepts Christ, he goes to hell for that?
And a dude in Oklohama spends his whole life doing nothing. But accepts christ, and asks for forgiveness. He will go to heaven?
On the other hand, if you accept Jesus and repent, then you can do whatever you want and go straight to Heaven.
He didn't do a very good job of selling the religion.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
2 Timothy 3:16:
New International Version (©1984)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
New Living Translation (©2007)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
That all said, in my studies, I find the conventional understanding of Hell as not really being particularly based on the Bible, but rather handed down through the ages by the Roman Catholic church more in line with Dante's Inferno. Though one can construct the Roman Catholic version out of certain passages, they also can be interpreted to support the notion that the sinner dies an eternal death (the concept that wages of sin are death is very clear), while the saved enjoy eternal life in the Kingdom. I think its human nature for us Christians to think that our denial of some things that others engage in will be rewarded and they will be punished, but that is our warped view of fairness, not necessarily God's.
While you are in the Word rebuking my construct of Hell, also show me where it talks about going to Heaven immediately after death, another common view that really has very sketchy, at best, biblical support....and far more passages that completely refute this construct.
Last edited by upsideguy; 03-25-11 at 09:37 AM.
Last time I checked, only God can judge. This pastor is committing blasphemy, big time.
It's the same god, and people aren't perfect. I think god knows we can be mislead, so if one church is misled (and most probably are), then I don't think it's an unforgivable sin.