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Why People End Up In the Lake of Fire. - Comments (10)

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Author: John Malone
Date: 17th February, 2007 @ 01:46:42 PM

Recently I experienced an exchange – about the way of salvation – get terminated by the pithy phrase “God loves all of us,” and “Can’t we agree to disagree.”

On the first count, God does NOT love all of us. I know that’s not cool to say, and seems to fly in the face of John 3:16, but hold your horses. we have to cut straight the Scriptures. The Bible says God “hated” Esau.

On the second count, I just despise the statement. It smacks of complete insincerity. What it really means is this: “We disagree, let’s drop the subject.” If all disgreements resulted in dropping the subject, nearly no agreements would ever happen.

Disagreement – whether in agreeable or disagreeable form – is not an optin for believers. The Apostle wrote to the Corintians, and stipulated they be in agreement, not only in mind, but in judgment.

God is not mockable. He cannot be worked. He punishes rebellion and disobedience. Those who quote John 3:16 as a proof text should read a few verses onward.

Sometime when watching a football game, I would like to see the sign read John 3:15-21 instead of 3:16. It would still fit on the screen, and I could still see if the field goal was good or not.

Maybe someone would even dare to put up John 3:36!

Examine the entire passage, and become well-informed concerning the good news of Jesus Christ. It tells us that as Moses “lifted up” the serpent in the wilderness, Jesus Christ, must also be “lifted up.” In the wilderness, Moses did not actually lift up a serpent, but while serpents were biting the children of Israel, causing pain and death, Moses lifted up a brass image of a crucified snake. Those who heeded his admonition, and looked at the brass image lived. Those who did not died a painful and sudden death.

Just as in that instance of the image of the serpent, Jesus Christ needed to be crucified, so that whosoever looked to Him in their mortal condition – that is, believes in Him – will not perish, but possess eternal life.

The good news is that God did not send his Son into the world to judge it: not in His first coming. In His second coming, the Lord Jesus Christ WILL come to judge the world. God’s intention with the incarnation, crucifixtion, resurrection, ascension, and glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ was to provide a way of salvation through Him. He will judge His enemies at His return.

The time of the second coming of Jesus Christ is characterized as the time of God’s “wrath.” Those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ are delivered from the wrath of God .

The Scriptures advise the kings of the earth, let alone we little people, to make our peace with the Son of God. Instead, however, there is a fatal tendency for us to take the grace of God, evident today in the suspension of His wrath, as a license for toleration of our evil deeds.

So therefore we should look at the rest of what the Bible says when it tells us “God so loved the world.”

We find this. “This is the condemnation: that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”

From this we see that there is a special condemnation reserved for men, except they escape through faith in Jesus Christ. That condemnation comes to them because they LOVE darkness as a cloak of their evil deeds That is what the Bible says.

That love of darkness actually results in an eternity in the lake of fire. In the mean time, the wrath of God abides on anyone who has not believed.

This flies in the face of those who think they have absolute liberty to ignore the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and are therefore free to hold their own opinions.

Can’t we just agree to disageee? No. We can’t.

Comment by Becky » 22nd May, 2007 @ 11:57:26 AM

Rev. 20 13-15

The Bible does not declare that Death, Hell, eternity and whosoever was not found in the book of life will [Eternally] be in the lake of fire.

It clearly declares that they will be cast, but does not specify that it will be eternal. Not to mention, that the Wages of Sin is death, and that man at that point in not in a spiritual body that exists forever. It is clear though that this is final destruction because we don’t see another chance given to such persons.

However, Rev. 20:10 states:

10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Clearly stating that this will be [ETERNAL] and logically, they are spiritual beings no wonder the for ever and ever bit.

please let me know what you think but this is what I understand.

Comment by Judith » 26th July, 2007 @ 12:31:28 PM

To whom was He referring to when He said ‘… where the worm dies not..’ & …’ weeping and nashing of teeth…’

Comment by bill hawn » 30th September, 2007 @ 07:07:45 PM

i believe you will find that the translation should be “God loved Esau less”.

Comment by Brian Lehmer » 18th October, 2007 @ 05:00:21 AM

Heb 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

So, by extension, did the Lord “love” iniquity less?

A careful study of all the instances of this word in the Bible reveal that it has nothing to do with love. It is used in contrast with love. It has a purely negative connotation in every use – whether by way of forceful figure or obvious connection with hateful things.

Looking deeper…

Mal 1:2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? [Was] not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
Mal 1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

…this “rough handling” of Esau was not some sort of measurable affection.

How about Obadiah 1:8?

And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be [any] remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken [it].

And

Heb 12:16,17 Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Esau: rejected, shamefully laid waste, burned up, and emphatically hated.

Also, since the word in question comes from a root word meaning “hatred” and all instances of its use seem to suggest that it means nothing short of “to hate” – I can’t help but think the idea for extending the meaning to include “love less” is merely an effort to support a more palatable (to some) religious view of love and hate.

The only instances where I can see where someone might want to force a “love less” extension are instances where actually doing so sounds ridiculous – demonstrating an obvious fact:

Figures of speech do not foist their extended meanings upon the ordinary definitions of the words that make them up.

I know somebody is going to say “for God so loved the world”.

Much more could be said, but all I will say is – The Son of God, the Lord Jesus died for all sin and God hated Esau. That isn’t a paradox.

Comment by Elder Summit » 31st October, 2007 @ 10:38:45 AM

God loves every body ,but he hate sin

Comment by Jill Deschenes » 10th November, 2007 @ 04:48:33 AM

People end up in hell because they die in there sins not accepting JESUS CHRIST as their PERSONAL SAVIOUR, Second i do believe that GOD doe’s love us all if he didn’t why would he have his son die on the Cross for us sinner’s. Second GOD does love the sinner but hates the sin. That is why when people refuse to reject CHRIST and go their own way then they will die in their sins which is hell. The reason that he hasn’t come yet but he will very soon. is he is giving sinners time to repent but not for long. GOD BLESS YOU Jill

Comment by Virginia Sills » 11th July, 2008 @ 01:44:26 PM

Can someone quote me Scripture, book, chapter and verse please where we are told that:

God loves the sinner, but hates the sin.

God cannot love him who is covered in iniquity.

May God have mercy on us all.

Comment by Dan Backens » 16th July, 2008 @ 10:29:29 PM

While I agree there is no such verse as “God loves the sinner but hates the sin” as in, he ignores my sin because he loves me so much, that does not mean God doesn’t love me while I’m covered in iniquity. Romans 5:8 says clearly “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, WHILE we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Comment by Keith Melton » 9th August, 2008 @ 04:14:36 AM

This is slightly going off topic, however I have noticed the use of Christian “catch phrases” in some of the responses. Why do we use them? Have they been coined by some so called theologian or Christian book writer so we accept them as truth or scriptural? Most seem to be vague, and when pressed people really have a hard time defining the meanings. Why not just use scripture, instead of what is the equivalent of advertising sound bites that turn the meat of Gods word into mere cookie crumbs.

Comment by Peter Jones » 25th November, 2009 @ 08:07:38 AM

41Then 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: 46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
The above verses from the gospel of Matthew chapter 25, parable of sheep and goats, may be of help.
No comment needed from me just have a look for your self.
God bless

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