I just encountered an interesting article titled “Christian Leaders: Hell Should Not Be Sugar Coated” at the following link:
After the article was a comment by a poster named Bob ELdridge:
So many teach a god of hate and revenge, excusing their own continuous blasphemy as they deny the love of God, without the slightest bit of fear, failing to keep the commandment to prove all things and continue to speak of how clear the scriptures prove their doctrines, while being completely without understanding. Praise be to God for ALL will be brought to the Truth, every knee will bow to Christ, the Truth, because it is the will of God and no man can stay His hand.
This comment, in brief, is standard fare for those who do not believe in eternal unending punishment in the Lake of Fire, which is what the Bible warns is the certain fate of all who are unsaved.
Notice, too, the immediate focus upon the love of God, as if this were His only attribute.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Consider John 3:36,
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
The Bible obviously speaks not only of the love of God, but the wrath of God.
Talk about proving all things, it is time posters like Mr. Bob Eldridge and those who share his view, like Pastor Rob Bell, settle down and do their homework first and learn what the Bible itself actually teaches.
To arrive at the full truth of what the Bible teaches, we must get our doctrine from the Bible, not our church, denomination, organization, or favorite teacher.
We must carefully consider all the evidence, not just the portion of evidence we like.
And we need to be humble enough to accept what God clearly declares He will do, and not re-write the script to suit our own sensibilities.
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
In one sentence at Matthew 25:46 Jesus described the eternal destiny of both the saved and lost. The lost “go away into everlasting punishment.” The saved, or righteous, go away into life eternal.
The terms “everlasting punishment” and “life eternal” translate the same Greek word in the original text.
This logically means that the duration of life eternal is the same as the duration of everlasting punishment.
This Biblical proof fully answers the doctrinal error expressed by Mr. Bob Eldridge and Pastor Rob Bell and anyone else who holds such a mistaken view.