There is a lot of controversy in the Christian world over the issue of an Eternal Torment in hell.
To start off, lets think about God, God is loving, and merciful, would he create his children and then cast them to eternal torment for disobeying? or Would the merciful and loving God tell the disobeying child, you have not believed in my only Son, you will not enter heaven, but you will die, that is why God tells us..
This is the most solid proof that there is no eternal torment awaiting ANY LIVING SOUL, Romans tells us the wages of sin is DEATH, but through Jesus we get eternal life... why does it not say the wages of sin is eternal torment in hell and the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our lord?
The myth about an eternal torment was largely propagated by the Roman Catholic Church, in the time period when they charged money in exchange to forgive sin.
For example if you had sex outside of marriage, you could pay the church a fine and be forgiven for that sin, and then according to the church you would not go to hell, not only is this not biblical its LUDICROUS, the idea that HUMAN MONEY can atone for a mans sins is just a lie.
So they tell everybody hey the bible says your gonna go to hell forever if you don't get forgiven for all your sins, fiery torment ever lasting... and the people were scared so they paid up and got forgiven for their sins.. or so they thought! Anyway that is largely how this lie came about and how it has taken over today.
on a website called Bible.org, it has a lot of mentions of the PROOF of eternal torment in hell, they only had a few solid verses maybe 4 or 5 which actually gave the depiction of hell, IF this idea that we are going to be eternally tortured forever was true, I'm sure God would have made sure to give more than a few sketchy verses, Heaven is mentioned nearly 600 hundred times!
Anyway lets go through these common misunderstandings!
-- Now I will admit at first look at this verse you cannot be blamed for thinking you are going on to an eternal punishment if you are not saved! but this is not the case! Look at the wording the translators used when copying the words... These shall go to everlasting punishment... but the righteous to eternal life,
Now these are to different words, lets see other references when the bible uses the word Eternal,
Now this has just told us specifically The people who don't believe in Jesus will Perish (NOT BE ETERNALLY TORMENTED), and those that do believe in Jesus will have eternal life!
So the idea of there being an eternal life of conscious torment is unbiblical, ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, THERE WILL BE NO ETERNAL TORMENT.
but your still wondering why it said..
"And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:"
Well lets look at other times it uses the word "everlasting"..
Now it tells us unto the utmost bound of the EVERLASTING hills, but i ask, after we are in heaven, and the earth no longer exists, will those hills still be their? NO.. that tells us everlasting does not mean for all of eternity.
The term ever lasting means to last the length of the universe, when God Judges all and sends men to heaven and the men to "THE LAKE OF FIRE" the men in the lake of fire will be consumed.. and simply PERISH away, and the God of Heaven will seal all things, put an end to time space matter and those in Christ will be on their way to heaven, while the damned and wicked and those who did not believe, perish into non existence...
This is another passage often used to prove an eternal torment...
Now people will say there you, go hell is real, but look at it carefully again, all it tells us that they will be cast into this fire at the second death, AFTER THE FINAL JUDGEMENT OF GOD, and then they will have their part in the lake of fire, it does not once advocate eternal torment even in the slightest!
Another passage often misused to show eternal torment is this...
This again is easily to misinterpret, it is saying that When the Lord God All Mighty comes to judge everyone at the final judgement, ALL will be resurrected to a fate, given to them by God, That Fate will either be, You have believed in Jesus Christ, heaven is waiting, or that Resurrection will be to the fate, you never believed, you are DAMNED, NOTHING ABOUT ETERNAL TORMENT.
So some will resurrect those who believed and were saved by Jesus and those who did not believe, and will be cast into the lake of fire, and will be DAMNED, NOT ETERNALLY SUFFERING REMEMBER THAT.
One last example that was used on Bible.org to show eternal torment was..
Now this one is easy now you know the misunderstandings that are happening!
Yes God will cast all those unsaved, into the fire, and there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth, BUT NOT FOREVER MORE. Please understand this lie of eternal punishment from the Lord our God is not true and no Human Soul will ever suffer this.
Once Again, God will Judge all men, those in Christ are saved and going to heaven to GAIN ETERNAL LIFE
And as John clearly states, those who do not believe in him will not have eternal existence, they will Perish, so the wages of sin is not eternal torment people, don't get caught up in this popular lie, The wages of sin is refusal of eternal perfect existence, and ultimately DEATH. Only one Group of people will live for eternity, and it is not the Damned.
Please spread this truth and show as much people you can this blog who are convinced of an eternal Hell! it was a well propagated lie and time for people to overturn lies and bring the truth of God out not the truth of man!
Love God and Accept Jesus, Gods looking at you right now wondering why you haven't done it yet, he doesn't want you to waling and gnashing your teeth in the lake of Fire! He loves you! so get this looked into, don't be fooled by the devil, remember we are living in end times, and the devils powers of deception in the end times will be strong! so don't be the devils pawn anymore! WAKE UP QUICK!