I believe that Hell is eternal separation from God. I don't really know what I believe exactly in terms of if hell is an actual 'place', or if it just means that when you die, there is just nothing, that it is the absence of going to heaven... but the fact that it is separation from God is enough for me to know that I never want to experience it.
Of course! I agree with you, i dont believe God is cruel either. He watches us cause he loves us and is interested in us and gives us standards to live by as he wants the best for us (just as we do our own children)The bible says "God IS love" He is everything that love is and entails.I believe god gave us life, a life to live... To enjoy, to love, to laugh and to make mistakes but most of all to look after each other.
I can't bring myself to believe in a cruel god, in a god who watches my every move, who judges my every thought. That isn't my god.
I know there are definitely errors in some translations so we do a lot of checking back to see what the original words are. I find the NASB a really good translation. I've always trusted that as God's word he has protected the bible and I truly believe he inspired the people who wrote it. With all the intricacies, parallels and prohecies threaded throughout- I don't think mankind would be smart enough to make that stuff up!
At the end of the day, it's a personal thing to each of us and we are all going to have different beliefs and opinions.
I truly believe God would love nothing more than for all his creations (humans) to know Him, Love Him, and believe that He sent His only son, to be the redeemer of all humans sins, as His son, was the only man, to have never sinned, thus being able to take in the worlds sin in his death.
I believe whether we believe in God or not, we are all judged. For those that believe, our sins are forgiven and we are judges on our good deeds and how we have responded to Gods call in our lives here on earth. God does prepare a room for us all whom believe in Him, and it's to my understanding that those rooms will each fit our judgement (I think they'll all be spectacular - my own thought here).
I think those who have chosen not to believe in God whilst on earth will be judged, sins and all.
While I believe all who believe in God, will be with Him in heaven, I also believe those who don't believe, will be thrown into the lake of fire, along with Satan, and I take this as an all living hell, like a continuance of torture for all days... For ever!!
I think the easiest way to look at God and understand judgement is to look at ourselves as parents or our parents as parents and know that when our children do the wrong thing, we judge them, and give them a punishment to show them and hope to teach them that whatever it is they have done was unacceptable. On the flip side, when our children achieve something or go out of there way for us, or show integrity, we compliment them,
Pass a good judgement of them and praise them for their efforts. It works both ways. When our kids have done wrong and they have paid the price, we don't keep bringing it up to remind them, we don't keep punishing them over and over, we hope they have learnt from their mistake and move on. This is how I believe our father in heaven looks at us also.
Just my opinions and I do base a lot of my opinions on what the bible teaches me, going to bible studies regularly and attending church to help me grow in knowledge.
I don't think jus going to church makes you a Christian.
A Christian is someone who is a Christ followerer. A believer is someone who actively believes that Christ died so that their sins could be forgiven and that they could one say go to heaven to be with God and share in His glory.
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