Originally posted by buckky
Eternal Hell sounds cruel and unusual to me. Just imagine having a prison system where you could not kill the prisiner but you could tortured him to the point of madness everyday. Of course that would not be tolerated for a second in a civilized world. Eternity with out end in some kind of a Hellish situation what ever that might be sounds evil, and non God l ...[text shortened]... tmare, and call it justice. It's pure garbage and a totally primitive, and evil concept of God.
This can ultimately be answered with one simple concept, so Ill write slowly for your sake
. Responsibilty. How can someone be just if they won't allow a being to live up to the consequences. This whole thread in which you strongly protest hell is nothing more than a complain against being responsble for your own choices. This problem of wanting to be "unresponsible" which is perhaps the greatest problem our societies (US, Europe etc) have: we want to run from responsiblites. One of the must simple examples is abortion: they simply don't want to be responsible for the decision they made so they clear away the consequences by murdering innocent.
But that's a rant/thread for another time, so Ill get back to the question at hand.
So, being responsible for your own actions, there are only two alternatives: God or not. Some people argue that this is unloving and unjust. But God is just: he gave us a free choice and now he is mearly making you live up to it. To put it practically, its the same as complaining that you got marked off on a test at school for answering a question on a test incorrectly. An answer that was bombardad at you from both the teacher and your fellow students (who didn't want you to fail), furthermore on a test you were warned about but chose to ignore. And now that you got the question wrong, you have to live with the consequences.
Some say that eterinity is too harsh, that this is unloving, after all, how is eternal suffering fair? But furthermore, God proves that he is all loving: He chose
to give you mercy, to give you a way out. So that now we have an alternative choice: we can choose to spend eternity with him, away from this torture that you so strongly protest, or to openly and intentionally fail this simple, easy test that he has put before us. So in a reality (as the brimstone preachers somewhat accuratly put it) we are held over hell, and the only thing that can keep us out is God's grace and love. All we have to do is accept it. So how can God be evil for allowing you to make a choice (for if he didn't give you free will then how could he possibly love you?) and allowing you to live with it? It's not evil, its just. So step up, take your resonsiblity like a man.