THE UNITED STATES AND TERRORIST
GOD’S JUDGEMENTS PAST AND PRESENT
All or mankind are now in one of two groups, they are “in Christ” or they are lost. No one who is not a Christian, not in Christ, not washed by the blood of Christ can be saved. There is no hope of salvation for anyone with out the blood of Christ. No Christ-less religion can save anyone.
All religions that do not worshipper God as He has reviled Himself in the Bible are opposed to God and there is no neutral position; all who do not obey the commands of Christ are opposed to him, and all that are opposed to him will not go unpunished. "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth; who keeps loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations" (Exodus 356-7).
Much of the inspiration for this book came from a book by William Robert West, “Unconditional Immortality Or Resurrection Of The Dead,” Infinity Publishing, March 2008, ISBN 0-7414-4620-0. In this book he proved to me, beyond any doubt, that the wages of sin is death. With his permission, without quotations marks, I have used much from his copyrighted book as a foundation, which saved me many hours of research and added my comments about (1) occult and idol worship (2) adultery (3) and homosexuality. His book points out that sin brings death, not eternal life, for ANY un-forgiven sin; I have added what the Bible teaches about these THREE SINS that has became common in America today. William’s only requirement was that I put these links back to his books.
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CHAPTER ONE: The reinterpretation of the nature of man: http://www.robertwr.com/
CHAPTER TWO: Life or death? http://www.robertwr.com/life.html
CHAPTER THREE: The reinterpretations of the great doctrines of the Bible. http://www.robertwr.com/immortal.html
CHAPTERS FOUR, FIVE, SIX, AND SEVEN:
o Chapter Four: From where came hell? The given no chance Hell, Edward Fudge's Short Hell, The Changing Hell, The Vanishing Hell.
o Chapter Five: Sheol, Hades, Tartarus, and the Nether World. A soul is the image of Adam.
o Chapter Six: The thirty-one passages where Hell is used in the King James Version.
o Chapter Seven: A Strange and Unexplainable Silence.
CHAPTERS EIGHT, NINE, TEN, ELEVEN, AND TWELVE:
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Table of Contents
THE WRATH OF GOD
PART ONE: Old Testament: Punishment (wrath) only in their lifetime on earth
1. On individuals from Adam to the Law
2. On Nations And Cities
Š The flood
Š Seven nations stronger than Israel
Š Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum
3. On Israel from the Law to A. D. 70
PART TWO: Moral Sins – sins that have been sins from creation unto now
Sins that are committed by individuals
1. Occult or Idol worship
PART THREE: New Testament:
1. Wrath of God in this lifetime.
2. Wrath of God at the judgment - A day of wrath and judgment for all that are not in Christ is the coming of Christ, but not in this lifetime.
Š 2 Peter 3
Š The Second Death – The Lake of Fire
APPENDIX ONE: The Calvin God
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THE WRATH OF GOD
God’s Judgments Under The Old Testament
Punishment (wrath) only in their lifetime on earth
(This is now being written and many parts of it are incomplete and will have be completed soon)
Wrath on individuals from Adam to the Law
God told Adam in the day he ate he would die. The day he ate was the beginning of the dying process ("Dying you shall die"). The death that came into the world by Adam's sin is the same death that he died for eating, a physical death. His punishment was that he had to work to live, and dying. It was not the death of Adam's "soul," an inward immortal never dying part of Adam that could not die. He was not told that after his death he would be subjected to endless torment in Hell, but endless torment is almost always read into this. The complete silence of any punishment after death would be unthinkable if the doctrine of Hell were true.
Adam had many trees to eat from and just one that he was not to touch. Why, because God gives all the free will to choose to worship Him or not too.
"YOU SURELY SHALL NOT DIE" (Genesis 3). WHERE DID THE IDEA OF AN IMMORTAL SOUL ORIGINATE? Not from the first lie as many believe. Adam and Eve were told, "YOU (not your soul) shall not eat of it neither shall YOU (not your soul) touch it lest YOU (not your soul) die." Satan said, "YOU (not your soul) shall not surely die." They were not told their "souls" would die. THEY (Adam and Eve) not their "soul" were sent out of the Garden of Eden "lest HE (not his soul) put forth HIS (not his soul) hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, AND LIVE FOREVER." Not their "immaterial, invisible" undying soul eats and lives forever. THERE IS NOT ONE WORD ABOUT A SOUL IN GENESIS CHAPTER THREE, BUT THIS CHAPTER IS USED TO PROVE A PERSON HAS AN IMMORTAL SOUL THAT CANNOT DIE; AND NOT ONE WORD ABOUT "HELL" IN GENESIS CHAPTER THREE, BUT THIS CHAPTER IS ALSO USED TO PROVE ETERNAL TORMENT.
God said, "In the day YOU eat it DYING YOU SHALL DIE."
Eve said, "YOU shall not eat from it or touch it, LEST YOU DIE."
Satan said, "YOU surely SHALL NOT DIE."
Satan’s lie (“You surely shall not die”) has been added to in today's preaching, but it has been changed to be, "Your body shall surely die but YOUR SOUL, WHICH IS THE REAL YOU, SHALL SURELY NOT DIE."
"And all the days that Adam LIVED were nine hundred and thirty years: and HE DIED" (Genesis 5:5). "Adam LIVED...and HE DIED." Today's theology says not so, "Adam LIVED...and he CONTINUED TO LIVE."
The warning for eating of the tree was "YOU shall surely die." God's sentence for eating of the tree was "to dust YOU shall return" (not your soul shall return to dust). In God's statement to Adam, the personal pronouns "you" and "your" are used about fifteen times (it varies in different translations). "Then to Adam He said, 'Because YOU have listened to the voice of YOUR wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded YOU, saying, YOU shall not eat from it; cursed is the ground because of YOU; in toil YOU shall eat of it all the days of YOUR life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for YOU; and YOU shall eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of YOUR face YOU shall eat bread, till YOU return to the ground, because from it YOU were taken; for YOU are dust, and to dust YOU shall return" (New American Standard Version). The "YOU" is Adam, not just an immaterial, invisible part of Adam. Those who use this passage to teach a person has an immortal soul pick one of the many of the "YOU'S" and say only this one is an immortal part of Adam but say nothing of the others and hope you do not see the others for their immortal "immaterial, invisible part of man" cannot eat, will not return to the ground, does not sweat, etc. This passage is used to teach the doctrine of an immortal soul (nehphesh) even though it says nothing of a soul (nehphesh) or immortality, and at the same time, death, which is in the passage, is removed and made not to exist. WHY WOULD AN IMMORTAL, IMMATERIAL SOUL THAT CANNOT DIE HAVE ANY NEED OF THE TREE OF LIFE TO LIVE?
It was a real earthly tree with a real earthly fruit that a real earthly person with a real earthly hand that was told HE would die if HE eats, and a real earthly person that was put out of a real garden "lest HE (not his soul) put forth HIS hand (not his soul's hand), and take also of the real tree of life by eating the fruit HE would have had in the same hand HE put forth (not his soul eating), AND LIVE FOREVER." TO WHAT PART OF A PERSON DID LIVING DEPEND ON EATING OF THE TREE OF LIFE? To Adam, or an "immaterial, invisible" immortal part of Adam that could not die even if it did not eat? Would it not be a contradiction to say Adam had an immortal soul that could not die and must live forever, but it depended on eating of the tree of life to live, or that the soul that could not die would die if it did not eat of the tree of life? Yet, we are told that all, even Adam, have an immortal soul that will live forever and this deathless soul has no need of the tree of life and that this deathless part of a person is the only part of a person that will ever live forever; therefore, what could the tree of life give to Adam's deathless soul that it did not already have and that according to this doctrine it did not lose by eating of the tree? Nothing. This doctrine makes the flaming sword to keep Adam from the tree of life so that he may eat and live forever useless, for it makes Adam live forever if he eats or if he does not eat.
It was Adam that God said would die if he ate, not an immortal soul that cannot die. It was Adam that Satan told Adam he would not die if he did eat; nothing is said about Adam having an immortal deathless soul would not die. "You shall surely die" is far from saying, "When you die, a part of you will live and suffer eternal torment" but many read this into it. Was Adam created mortal or immoral? If immortal, how could he be threatened with death when he could not die? If he were immortal, he would be death-proof; therefore, God's sentence of death if he eats would have been a lie.
"It is appointed unto man to die, and after this comes the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). Not just part of a person, not only the body of the man. This is changed to read only your outer shell, and not the real YOU shall die. "In the day YOU eat thereof YOU shall surely die" is not, "After the death of your body, your soul, a part of you, shall be eternity alive in Hell and tormented by God" but this is what many read into it. Some say this is not physical death but a spiritual death. Then where did physical death come from? What death was passed unto ALL men (Romans 5:12)? Is it appointed for a man to die is changed to be appointed for only a part of a man to die?
"The first man is of the earth, earthy" (1 Corinthians 15:47; Ecclesiastes 3:20).
THE DEATH SENTENCE: God: "YOU shall surely die" (Genesis 2:17) versus Satan: "YOU shall not surely die" (Genesis 3:4).
THE DEATH SENTENCE REPEATED: "Dust YOU are, and unto dust YOU shall return" (Genesis 2:19). The YOU that shall die is the same YOU that shall return to dust. These words do not point to a continuation of life but to the end of it.
THE DEATH SENTENCE FULFILLED: "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned" (Romans 5:12).
THE REMEDY FOR THE DEATH THAT CAME THROUGH ADAM'S SIN: "For the hour is coming, in which ALL THAT ARE IN THE TOMBS shall hear his voice, and SHALL COME FORTH; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment" (John 5:28-29).
Was this sentence of death given to an immortal soul that cannot die? If it is immortal how could any kind of death sentence be given to it, how could it not live forever? It could not be subject to death. It would not matter if Adam ate or did not eat for his immaterial invisible immortal soul could not die. In the fall of Adam and his sentence, nothing is said about an immortal soul. It was Adam that sinned, Adam that died; and it was through Adam that death came into the world and passed unto all men, not death passed to all immortal souls (1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Romans 5:12-14). The penalty to Adam and all his seed is death, not eternal life in Hell. There will be a resurrection from the death that came into the world from Adam's sin.
Today's preachers would tell Adam that he was going to Hell for his sin, but God said not one word about Hell. "Die" has been changed to "Hell." "Death" has been changed to "life with torment." Satan said, "YOU surely SHALL NOT DIE." Satan added the "not" and many have changed his "YOU shall not" to "your soul shall not" to make a person now have an "immaterial invisible" immortal soul that shall not die.
For a person to have an immortal soul two kinds of life must be read into this, therefore, two kinds of death with one not being a death at all, but eternal life with torment. Look in your concordance and you will see that "Spiritual life" or "spiritual death" which is read into this is not in the Bible. It is argued that Adam did not die physically that day; therefore, "spiritual death" was Adam's penalty for eating. If this were true, why did he ever die a physical death, and how did physical death come into the world? In the Hebrew the penalty was "dying YOU shall die." It was the "living being" (Genesis 2:7) that would die, not an immortal soul that cannot die but was told that it would die anyway. Death came into the world through Adam and all die (1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12-21). "And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this comes judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). The death that came into the world by Adam's sin is the same death that he died for eating, a physical death. "By the sweat of your face YOU shall eat bread, till YOU return to the ground, because from it YOU were taken; for YOU are dust, and to dust YOU shall return" (Genesis 2:19). It was not the death of Adam's "soul," an inward immortal never dying part of Adam that could not die. Adam could not have understood that YOU was only his body, and that only a part of the YOU would die, but the rest of the YOU would not die but would live forever in torment unless he had a revelation from God to tell him a part of him was deathless. There is no such revelation recorded in Genesis although it is repeatedly read into it today. Adam's undying soul theory is based on the silence recorded in Genesis two and three. Edward White, "No word is said either before the fall, or on the approach of the Judge, or afterwards, of Adam's possession of a deathless soul, when his mortal integer was broken up; --not a word is uttered in the divine comment on the curse, of an eternity of misery to be endured by the soul after dissolution of the Man. Indeed, that notion seems to deserve little else than the scorn, which Locke bestows upon it. It is the gratuitous invention of theologians who have forfeited the claim to be listened to in that matter by their perverse departure from the record" Life In Christ, Page 212, 1878.
A definition of death from the Bible, "Till YOU return to the ground, because from it YOU were taken; for YOU are dust, and to dust YOU shall return," and without the resurrection, all would forever remain dust. But, God's definition of death cannot be believed by any that believe the soul is immortal.
ANOTHER USE OF "YOU SHALL SURELY DIE" (the same words in the Hebrew); Solomon told Shimei to "Build yourself a house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither. For on the day you go out, and pass over the brook Kidron, know you for certain that YOU SHALL SURELY DIE" (1 Kings 2:37). He did go out of Jerusalem, and he did die just as Adam did but not on the very day he went out.
IF HELL WERE ADAM'S SENTENCE: "Die" must be changed into an eternal life for a part of Adam but not his body. If Hell was Adam's sentence then God was unclear in His warning and unclear in the sentence. What was the penalty God give in Genesis 3:9-24?
The serpent cursed
Sorrow in bringing forth children
The man ruling over his wife
The earth bringing forth thorns and thistles
Must work to eat, by the sweat of his face.
They would return to the ground from which they came
HOW CAN ANYONE GET HELL OUT OF THIS SENTENCE? THERE IS NOT ONE WORD ABOUT AN IMMORTAL, IMMATERIAL PART OF A PERSON IN IT AND NOT ONE WORD ABOUT HELL OR TORMENT AFTER DEATH IN IT. THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT ANYTHING AFTER DEATH IN IT, THE PENALTY FOR THEM EATING ENDED WHEN THEY RETURNED TO THE GROUND.
WHAT IS THE DEATH THAT CAME INTO THE WOULD AND PASSED UNTO ALL THROUGH ADAM'S SIN? "It seems a strange way of understanding a law which requires the plainest and direct words, that by death should be meant eternal life in misery...I confess that by death, here, I can understand nothing but a ceasing to be, the losing of all actions of life and sense. Such a death came upon Adam and all his posterity, by his first disobedience in paradise, under which death they should have lain forever had it not been for the redemption by Jesus Christ" John Locke, "Reasonableness of Christianity."
The "soul" as it is used today will live forever if it eats of this fruit or does not eat of it, and the teaching is that not even God can keep it from living forever. If God had made men with unconditional immortality, would it have done any good to put him out of the garden to keep him from eating of the tree of life to live forever? If Adam were made with an immortal undying part, he would have lived forever and could not have died even if he did not eat of the tree of life.
Adam and Eve passed from a state in the garden where they had access to the tree of life, where it was possible for them to live forever, to a state where it was impossible for them not to die. The day they did eat was the beginning of the dying process ("Dying you shall die"). There is nothing in this about a person being a dual being with an immortal soul, but most read it into this. It was the whole person as he was then, which would have lived forever if he had eaten of the tree of life. It was the whole person, not just some inter part of a person, which God said would die. HOW COULD AN "IMMATERIAL INVISIBLE" PART OF A PERSON EAT OF A VISIBLE MATERIAL TREE? Satan's lie was that THEY, not some inter part of them, would not die. The presence of the "tree of life" in Eden indicates that immortality was conditional on eating of that tree. To prevent the possibility of being able to "live forever" (Genesis 3:22) God put a barrier to the garden when Adam was put out of Eden and the dying process began.
Adam had many trees to eat from and just one that he was not to touch. Why, because God gives all the free will to choose to worship Him or not too.
YOUNG'S Literal Translation Genesis 2:17 "For in the day of thine eating of it - dying thou dost die."
ADAM CLARKE "Thou shall surely die. Literally, a death thou shall die; or, dying thou shall die-from that moment thou shall become mortal, and shall continue in a dying state till thou die. This we find literally accomplished; every moment of man's life may be considered as an act of dying."
JOHN WESLEY "Thou shall die-That is, thou shalt lose all the happiness thou hast either in possession or prospect; and thou shalt become liable to death, and all the miseries that preface and attend it. This was threatened as the immediate consequence of sin."
The New JOHN GILL Exposition of the Entire Bible "For in the day thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die; or in dying, die; which denotes the certainty of it...man became at once a mortal creature, who otherwise continuing in a state of innocence, and by eating of the tree of life, he was allowed to do, would have lived an immortal life; of the eating of which tree, by sinning he was debarred, his natural life not now to be continued long, at least not forever; he was immediately arraigned, tried, and condemned to death, was found guilty of it, and became obnoxious to it, and death at once began to work in him; sin sowed the seeds of it in his body, and a train of miseries, afflictions, and diseases, began to appear, which at length issued in death."
A DOUBLE CHANCE: First change: Adam's death must be made to be a "separation," not death. Second change: Then his "separation" must be made to be an eternal life of torment in Hell. "For as in Adam all die" (1 Corinthians 15:22). If death = separation, and separation = Hell, then all go to Hell for "in Adam all die."
His sin was the first murder, which by most is believed to be the greatest of all sins. What was his punishment? Today, he would be told that he would go to Hell if he did not repent, but his punishment was that he was to be a fugitive and a vagabond in his lifetime on the earth. Not one word about any punishment after his death. The punishment for anyone who killed Cain would be SEVEN TIMES GREATER than the punishment of Cain. How could anything be seven times greater than today's Hell?
NMBERS16:1-49 Korah and his company rebelled against Moses and were punished by death, not eternal torment.
ON THE NATIONS
God judges nations when they become when their evils, Adultery, Occult or Idol worship, Homosexuals, etc. become such that they are intolerable to Him. Nations are judged and punished in time, not at the judgment day.
“At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it; if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; if they do that which is evil in my sight, that they obey not My voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says Jehovah: Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return you now every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your doings. But they say it is in vain, for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart. Therefore thus says Jehovah: Ask you now among the nations, who have heard such things; the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing. Shall the snow of Lebanon fail from the rock of the field? Or shall the cold waters that flow down from afar be dried up? For my people have forgotten me, they have burned incense to false gods; and they have been made to stumble in their ways, in the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths, in a way not cast up; to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; every one that pass thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head Like an east wind I will scatter them before the enemy; I will show them My back and not My face in the day of their calamity” (Jeremiah 18:8-17).
“And He made form one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed time, and the boundaries of their habitation’ (Acts 17:26).
“He rules over the nations” (Psalms 22:28).
The people had become so evil that God destroyed them. Only eight were saved. What was their punishment? Read the Bible. It was death. There is no mention of any punishment after their death. They were not told they had lost their souls or that they would go to Hell. Their punishment was not something that would be after the flood; it was the flood and their death. "And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. And the Lord said, 'I will BLOT OUT MAN whom I have created from the face of the land'" (Genesis 6:6-7 New American Standard). "And all flesh DIED that moved upon the earth, both birds, and cattle, and beasts, and every creeping thing that creeping that creeps upon the earth, and every man: all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, of all that was on the dry land DIED. And every living thing was DESTROYED that was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; and they were DESTROYED from the earth" (Genesis 7:21-23). The same thing happened to "every man" also happened to every beast. Their punishment was death, not eternal torment. If the punishment of Hell awaited all those who drown in the flood, the punishment given to them utterly pales into insignificance when it compared to an eternal life of torment in Hell, yet absolutely nothing is said about it.
"I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; and with every living creature (soul-nehphash) that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that go out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to DESTROY the earth" (Genesis 9:9-11). All the souls, both of beast and man were destroyed, not forever tormented.
"For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amid water, by the word of God; by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, PERISHED (apollumi)" (2 Peter 3:5-6). American Standard Version "WAS DESTROYED" New American Standard Bible, nothing is said about endless torment or any torment after death.
THE FLOOD 2 Peter 2:5 Eight lived; but for the rest of mankind, there was only death in the flood, not a life of torment. Genesis 7:13-23 "And God said unto Noah, The END of all flesh is come before me...and behold, I will DESTROY them with the earth...And I, behold, I do bring the flood of waters upon the earth, to DESTROY all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is in the earth SHALL DIE...And all flesh that moved on the earth PERISHED, (died King James Version) birds, and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind; of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life DIED. Thus He BLOTTED OUT (was destroyed American Standard Version) every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were BLOTTED OUT (was destroyed American Standard Version) from the earth; and only Noah was left (alive) and they that were with him in the ark" New American Standard Version. "Died" "perished" "was destroyed" "blotted out," and not "left" alive was literally the end of them, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life DIED. Does anyone think "birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing..." etc., did not perish when they died, and are living in some third world somewhere with these evil men that did not perish when they died? The flood is a type of the judgment. The wicked will literally perish, die, be blotted out, and not be left alive; and only the saved will "remained" alive. "For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word of God; by which means the world that them was, being overflowed with water, PERISHED: but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the DAY OF JUDGMENT AND DESTRUCTION OF UNGODLY MAN" (2 Peter 3: 5-7). Just as those outside of the ark were all destroyed by the flood and none, animals or man, were left alive and tormented, all those outside of Christ will be destroyed. There is no question or doubt that destroy, perish, die, and end was the end of all life at the time of the flood. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE (type) OF THE JUDGMENT TO COME. ONLY THOSE IN THE ARK (Christ) WILL BE LIFT ALIVE.
THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH
Moses said, “Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord” (Genesis 13:13). What are we told about them? When two man were spending the night at the home of Lot, before they went to bed of the night, “The men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to your tonight: Bring them out that we may have relations with them” (Genesis 19:1-5 New American Standard Bible).
Š ”Bring them out that we may have relations with them” New American Standard Bible
Š “Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them” New International Version
Š “Bring them out to us so that we may have intercourse with them” revised English Bible
Š “Bring them out to us so we can have sexual relations with them” New Century Version
Š “Bring them out to us that we may have intimacies with them” The New American Bible
Š “Bring them out so we can have sex with them” New Living Translation
Š “Send them out, so we can have sex with them” Contemporary English Version
Under the Law God demanded the death penalty for homosexuality. “Is there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; THEY SHALL SURELY BE PUT TO DEATH” (Leviticus 20:13). “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). “Defile not you yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out from before you; and the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land vomits out her inhabitants” (Leviticus 18:24-25).
Genesis 13 and 14: These cities were literally burnt up (Psalms 11:6; Isaiah 34:9), not still burning with the people walking around in torment. Their end was complete (total destruction) and is an example of the total destruction that is coming to the ungodly at the judgment.
SODOM AND GOMORRAH Jude 7 "Are set forth as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire" American Standard Version. God "condemned them to extinction and made them an example of what is coming to the ungodly" 2 Peter 2:6 New Revised Standard Version. These cities were literally burnt up, not still burning with the people walking around in torment. Their end (extinction) was complete (total destruction) and eternal; and is an example of the total destruction that is coming to the ungodly at the judgment. SODOM HAS CEASED TO EXIST. So thoroughly was it's destruction that it's location is not known. Some believe it was under what is now the Dead Sea, some that it was other places. The annihilation (end, destruction, extinction, death) of the ungodly will be total and eternal, just as it was of Sodom and Gomorrah. THEY WILL CEASE TO EXIST. This is the first use of "fire and brimstone" and the only time it was literally rained on anyone. It was the total destruction of the two cities, and is later used as a symbol of total and eternal destruction. (Psalms 11:6; Isaiah 34:9; Revelation 19:20; 20:10; 21:8). "By turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction and made them an example of what is coming to the ungodly" New Revised Standard Version. That they were reduced to ashes and the fire went out is also a part of the example of what will happen to the ungodly. Where does any one find the revelation that changes this example of total destruction by a fire that went out when the destruction was complete into an example of destruction that will never be complete and the fire will never go out?
Š "And if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them too extinction and made them an example of what is coming to the ungodly" New Revised Standard Version.
Š "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with a overthrow, having made them an example unto those that should live ungodly" American Standard Version.
Š "He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter" New American Standard Version.
Š "He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly" New International Version.
Š "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly" New King James Version.
Š "And God also destroyed the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them until they were ashes. He made these cities an example of what will happen to those who are against God" New Century Bible.
Š "And He condemned to ruin and extinction the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, reducing them to ashes (and thus) set them forth as an example to those who would be ungodly" The Amplified Bible.
Š "God reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes, condemning them to total ruin as an object lesson for the ungodly in future days" Revised English Bible.
If Sodom and Gomorrah are an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly, how could the ungodly have an eternal life of torment? They were reduced to ashes and when there was nothing more to burn, the fire went out. They are an example of total destruction, not of eternal torment.
What is Sodom an example of?
Š "Condemned them too extinction" -- Sodom --- or an eternal life of torment?
Š "Condemned them too extinction" -- ungodly -- or an eternal life of torment? Does anyone think Sodom is now being tormented in Hell today? If it is not, then how is it an example of being tormented in Hell?
Next to the flood the destruction of Sodom was the most devastating judgment by God in the Old Testament. Homosexuality is the sin that wrought the wrath of God and a judgment of total destruction (death) on all the inhabitants of these four cities and all the inhabitants around them. As Homer Hailey says, “it was clearly a judgment from Jehovah, an expression of His fierce wrath and hot anger against the cities and the sin of sodomy” Homer Hailey, “God’s Judgments and Punishments Of Individuals and Nations,” Page 98.
Anyone must reject many plain statements of the Bible to believe man has an immortal soul that is deathly and will live forever without the blood of Christ. All through the Bible death is God’s punishment for homosexuality.
SEVEN NATIONS STRONGER THAN ISRAEL
“When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you, and when the LORD your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them. Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you. "But this you shall do to them: you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire… 16 "You shall consume all the peoples whom the LORD your God will deliver to you; your eye shall not pity them, nor shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you” (Deuteronomy 7:1-5; 34:16). These nations were idol worshipers, which is a rebelling against His sovereignty and authority. They were to be DESTORYED, not tormented forever just as Israel would be DESTORYED if they worshiped the idols of these nations.
GOD DESTORYED CITIES AND NATIONS FOR THE EVILS IN THEM THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT; Adultery, Occult or Idol worship, Homosexuality, Etc., to many to go into the details of each one. To name a few, Philistia, Moab, Ammon, Edom, Tyre, Media, Assyria, and Babylon. These evils are becoming more common in the U. S. today. These evils have become “political correct” and adultery is not thought of as a sin. Do you think God destroyed Sodom because of homosexuality but will not destroy a nation today for the same reason?
CHORAZIN, BETHSAIDA, AND CAPERNAUM
Christ spoke of the Day of Judgment for lands or cities, more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah than for Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum (Matthew 11:21-24, Luke 10:10-12).
More tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah then for the cities that did not receive those He sent out (Matthew 10:14-15, Mark 6:11, Luke 10:10-12).
There is no mention of punishment of any individual and no mention of Hell in any of these passages. The punishment spoken of is of cites and takes place IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, NOT IN HELL. If the punishment of these cities takes place in the Day of Judgment, then it cannot take place in Hell after the judgment is over. HELL OR ETERNAL PUNISHMENT IS NOT MENTIONED IN ANY OF THESE PASSAGES. Those who believe in Hell read it in.
WHEN ARE CITIES AND NATIONS JUDGED? WHEN IS THEIR DAY OF JUDGMENT TO BE? "And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You shall descend to Hades" (Matthew 11:23). It was a great city but would go down to hades-the grave. Today, there are only a few ruins of Capernaum. They went from greatness to non-existence. From exalted to heaven to the grave (hades).
Nations and cities will not be judged at the judgment at the coming of Christ. Matthew 24 is of the judgment of Jerusalem (Matthew 23:36-38). All these cities have had a day of judgment and were brought down to the grave. The Day of Judgment for them is past. The destruction of Sodom was quick and soon over. The destruction of Jerusalem, which saw and rejected Christ was long and drawn out with much more suffering, therefore, much less tolerable. The Day of Judgment for a city or a nation is the time when God will cause it to be destroyed? The Old Testament is full of God's judgment of nations. For further study of God's judgment and destruction of nations, see "God's Judgments and Punishments of Nations and Individuals" by Homer Hailey, Nevada Publications (775) 747-0800, PO Box 15444, Las Vegas, Nevada 89114.
A PROBLEM. Some seem to think there will there be a resurrection and judgment of cities? If so, will the individuals of these cities be judged as individuals or as a part of the cities or both? If it were the judgment day at the coming of Christ, them God would be condemning people for where they live, not for what they did or did not do themselves. BUT, EITHER WAY (1) If this is God's judgment day on there cities when they were destroyed, (2) or even if God did judge cities in the judgment day at the coming of Christ, there is nothing said about an immortal soul or about God tormenting anyone in Hell. Hell is read into it. If the judgment is "in the Day of Judgment," it could not be in Hell after the Day of Judgment is over.
ISRAEL UNDER THE LAW OF MOSES
ALL THESE BLESSING, ALL THESE CURSING: "Now it shall be, if you will diligently obey the Lord our God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth, AND ALL THESE BLESSING SHALL COME UPON YOU AND OVERTAKE YOU, if you will obey the Lord your God" (Deuteronomy 28:1-2). "Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians" (Acts 7:22), therefore, he knew of their teaching of life after death, but he did not put a word of it in the Law.
ALL THESE BLESSINGS of the Law were in this lifetime, not after death, but only if they kept the Law (Deuteronomy 28:11). NOT ONE WORD ABOUT A BLESSING AFTER DEATH.
God would set Israel high above all nations (Deuteronomy 28:1).
Blessing in the city and in the country (Deuteronomy 28:4).
Blessing in children, cattle, and the ground (Deuteronomy 28:5).
Blessing in full barns (Deuteronomy 28:8).
Blessing in all they set their hand to do (Deuteronomy 28:8).
The Lord will establish them as a holy people to Himself (Deuteronomy 28:9).
All nations will see and be afraid of you (Deuteronomy 28:10).
They will abound in prosperity, in children, and the fruit of the land (Deuteronomy 28:11-12).
They will lend to many nations and not borrow, be the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:12-13).
ALL THESE CURSES of the Law, if they did not keep it, were in this lifetime (Deuteronomy 28:18-19). NOT ONE WORD ABOUT A CURSE AFTER THIS LIFETIME. "But it shall come about, if you will not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that ALL THESE CURSES SHALL COME UPON YOU AND OVERTAKE YOU" (Deuteronomy 28:15)
Š Cursed in the city and the country (Deuteronomy 28:16)
Š Cursed in your basket and kneading bowl (Deuteronomy 28:17)
Š Cursed in their children, the produce of their ground, the increase of their herd (Deuteronomy 28:18)
Š Cursed when they come in and when they went out (Deuteronomy 28:19).
Š Confusion, rebuke, in all they did unto they were destroyed (Deuteronomy 28:20)
Š Cursed with pestilence until they were consumed from the land (Deuteronomy 28:21)
Š Smite with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with fiery heat, with the sword, with blight, with mildew, and pursued unto they perished (Deuteronomy 28:22)
Š The heaven over their head as bronze and the earth under them as iron (Deuteronomy 28:23)
Š The rain on their land made as power and dust unto they were destroyed (Deuteronomy 28:24)
Š Defeated before their enemies and their carcasses shall be food for birds (Deuteronomy 28:25-26)
Š Smite with boils of Egypt, with tumors, with scab, with an itch, which cannot be healed, with blindness, madness and bewilderment of heart (Deuteronomy 28:27-28)
Š They would not prosper and would be oppressed and robbed continually (Deuteronomy 28:29)
Š Their wives would be violated, and they would build a house and not live in it, plant a vineyard but not use it (Deuteronomy 28:30)
Š Many more curses if they did not obey the Lord (Deuteronomy 28:31-68). Those who came out of Egypt and provoked the Lord died in the wilderness. Death was their punishment, not eternal torment after death (Numbers 14; Hebrews 3:16-19)
"I declare unto you this day, that you shall surely PERISH; you shall not prolong your days in the land" (Deuteronomy 30:18). "So they, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into Sheol: and the earth closed upon them, and they PERISHED from among the assembly" (Numbers 16:33). "And whatsoever soul it be that does any manner of work in that same day, that soul will I DESTROY from among his people" (Leviticus 23:30). Throughout the Old Testament perish and destroy means dying and has nothing to do with any kind of torment after death. It would be past comprehension that God would give them such detail of what would happen to then in this lifetime and say nothing of the unending pain He was going to forever heap on them in Hell that awaited them.
"One of the first phenomena which draws attention in the Pentateuch is the omission, both in the historical and perceptive portions of it, of any mention of the immortality of the soul. If this view of man's nature is true in our time, it was true from the beginning, and true in the time of Moses. And if it is as important as it is supposed to be now, it was equally important then. Yet no single indication of it is discoverable in the writings of Moses...There is but one tolerable explanation of this silence. Moses was withheld by divine control from teaching what was not true; a doctrine which was radically opposed to the fundamental facts of man's sin and mortality, on which redemption proceeds" Edward White, Life In Christ, Third Edition, Page 148, 1878.
The fifth commandment is the "first commandment with promise" (Ephesians 6:2). What was the promise? Was it that one would be rewarded in Heaven? No, it had nothing to do with life after death, but life on earth, "That your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you" (Deuteronomy 5:16).
UNDER THE JUDGES AND KINGS: Both under the Judges and later under the Kings the history of the Jews is one of rebellion against God followed by defeat and captivity. When they repented and turned back to God, they came out of exile and prospered.
"The entire history of the Jewish people as a nation, and as individuals, from generation to generation, shows with what exactness the threatening of the law was fulfilled in judgment. When they were obedient, the Lord prospered them, and rewarded them with fruitful seasons, with increasing wealth and power, and made them superior to their enemies. But, when they were rebellious and wicked, then followed adversity, defeat, captivity, and all the physical calamities threatened in the Law; all this while we have not one syllable of an endless woe, which is to be added to all the other woes. In no instance of rebellion against God, not when their corruption and idolatry were at the highest reaches of crime and blasphemy, do we find them threatened with the torments of a hell beyond the present life." Thomas Thayer, "Origin And History Of The Doctrine Of Endless Punishment"
All the blessings and all the punishments of the Law were physical in their lifetime. Punishment or reward after death is not promised. For thousands of years throughout the Old Testament, God warned of punishments in this lifetime if anyone did not keep the Law, but not one warning that anyone would "go to Hell." Death (mooth) is used hundreds of times and except the few times it is used in a symbolic passage it always means an actual physical death. The concept of Heaven is in the Old Testament but only as the dwelling place of God (Psalms 11:4; 33:13-14) and of angels (Genesis 21:17; 22:11; 28:12). Heaven in the Old Testament was not a place where any person would ever be and where they would live forever. The God of Israel was a God who would protect them, give them blessings in this lifetime if they were faithful to Him and punish them only in this lifetime if they were not. The savior they looked for was A PERSON (not the Son of God) who would restore Israel as a nation and make it to be superior to other nations. Even after His death and resurrection His apostles still thought the Christ they and all Israel looked for would restore the nation of Israel and rule it (Acts 1:6). A resurrection to immortality and life in Heaven was a new teaching by Christ (2 Timothy 1:10) and was unknown in the Old Testament. The word resurrection is used forty-one times in the New Testament but not once in the Old Testament. One of the great difficulties with the eternal torment view is the profound silence of the Old Testament about it. How could God have warned Israel in detail about punishments in this life, droughts, plagues, and other punishments and not say one word about an eternal Hell which would be the worst of all punishments? The TOTAL SILENCE of the Old Testament for thousands of years about this endless torment is proof that it does not exist.
"For man to endure unending pain (characterized by fire) is a doctrine so awful to contemplate, that it is reasonable to conclude it would be revealed to man from the beginning, and so revealed that he could by no possibility misapprehend the consequences of sinning against his Maker; and we might expect to find the terrible sentence reiterated from time to time throughout the Scriptures, especially upon occasions of aggravated sin and wickedness" W. T. Berger, The Wages Of Sin And Everlasting Punishment, 1886.
"First. If their belief was the same as in our day, why did they never express themselves as people now do in books, sermons, and common conversation? None can deny the wide difference in the language used, or that the difference is proof that the new language had its origin in new views concerning the future. An unscriptural doctrine always give rise to unscriptural language; for the words of Scripture are the very best which could be chosen to express the will of God to man. If the doctrine were of God, the words of Scripture would be sufficient to express it. As we do not find this new phraseology in the Bible, we infer that the doctrine it was introduced to teach is not there. Second. How is it to be accounted for that the fears and feeling and exertions of good people, under the old dispensation, were so different from the fears and feelings and exertions of Christians in our day, about saving men form hell? I do not find that they express and fear of hell, and it is fair to conclude that they had none. I find no examples of their fears about their children, their relations, their neighbors, or the world at large, gong to eternal misery. As to their feelings, I do not find a sigh heaved, a tear shed, a groan uttered, a prayer offered, or any exertions made, as if they believed men were exposed to endless misery. We see parents, and others, deeply affected at the lost of their children and friends by death; we see pious people grieved on account of their disobedience to God's laws; but we find no expression of feeling arising from the belief that such persons would lift up their eyes in endless misery. Now, is it not strange that all this should be the state of the fears and feelings of good people, if they believed such misery was to be the portion of the wicked? The whole race of mankind was swept from the earth by a flood, Noah and his family excepted; but does this good man deplore, in any shape, that as many precious souls should be sent to hell? God also destroyed the cities of the plain. Abraham interceded that they might be spared, but used no argument with God that the people might not go to hell to suffer eternal misery. If Abraham believed this doctrine, it is possible he should have failed to urge it as an argument that all those wicked persons must go to hell, if God destroyed them? No notice is taken of the very argument, which, in our day, would be most urged in prayer to God, if anything similar was to take place. All who have read the Old Testament know what vast numbers were cut off in a day, by war and pestilence, and other means; yet do you ever hear it deplored by a single individual, as is often done in our day, that so many were sent out of the world to eternal misery? In short if this doctrine was believed by any under the Old Testament even good men maintained a dead silence about it and the most stoical apathy.
Under the Old Testament dispensation the sinful condition of the heathen nations is often spoken of. But do we ever find the inspired writers representing those nations as all going to eternal misery, or did they use similar exertions to save them from it as are used in the present day? If the doctrine of eternal misery was know and believe in those day, is it not unaccountable that so many ages should pass away before God commanded the gospel to be preached to every creature, and before those who knew their danger should use exertions to save them from it? If the doctrine be false, we may cease to wonder at this; but if it be true, it is not easy to reconcile these things with the well known character of God, and the feelings of every good man. What an immense multitude of human beings, during four thousand years, must have lived and died ignorant that such a place of misery awaited them" Walter Balfour, "An Inquiry Into The Scriptural Import Of The Words, Sheol, Hades, Tartarus And Gehenna" 1854.
The Law of Moses offered no atonement of reconciliation, if it had, the death of Jesus would not have been needed. Then Jesus, our High Priest, would not have presented his sacrifice to the Father, and would not have brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10).
Hebrew 11: Some seem to have had some knowledge and faith in life after death, not in an immortal soul (see Hebrews 11:13-16; 11:35 and Job 14:14-14), but there is nothing about it in the promises made to Abraham or the first covenant given to Moses. Nothing recorded in the Old Testament giving any promise of life after death. All other rewards spoken of in Hebrew 11 were rewards in this lifetime and have no promise of a reward after death.
From the first page to the last page of the Old Testament God warns no one of an eternal life of torment after death if they were not faithful to Him. “The wages of sin is death” not an eternal life in torment.
PART TWO: Moral Sins
Sins that have been sins from creation unto now
Sins that are committed by individuals in both the Old and New Testaments
“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)
Š Occult or Idol worship
There are severe consequences for anyone who commits these sins when they are unrepeated and unforgiven. Unforgiven adultery, etc. will mean their eternal death at the judgment, yet many churches have members that have their second, third or more husbands or wives while the first ones are still living.
HOMOSEXUALS ARE WORTH OF DEATH
Romans 1:26-32: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: FOR THEIR WOMEN CHANGED THE NATURAL USE INTO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE: AND LIKEWISE ALSO THE MEN, LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN, BURNED IN THEIR LUST ONE TOWARD ANOTHER, MEN WITH MEN WORKING UNSEEMLINESS, AND RECEIVING IN THEMSELVES THAT RECOMPENSE OF THEIR ERROR WHICH WAS DUE. And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind, to do those things, which are not fitting.
“Being filled with all unrighteousness…are worthy of death”
“Wickedness…are worthy of death”
“Covetousness…are worthy of death”
“Maliciousness…are worthy of death”
“Full of envy…are worthy of death”
“Murder…are worthy of death”
”Strife…are worthy of death”
“Deceit…are worthy of death”
“Malignity…are worthy of death”
“Whisperers…are worthy of death”
“Backbiters…are worthy of death”
“Hateful to God…are worthy of death”
“Insolent…are worthy of death”
“Haughty…are worthy of death”
“Boastful…are worthy of death”
“Inventors of evil things…are worthy of death”
“Disobedient to parents…are worthy of death”
“Without natural affection…are worthy of death
“Unmerciful…are worthy of death”
“Who knowing the ordinance of God, that they that practice such things are worthy of death.” Homosexuals “men with men” are in the company with murders and many other evils.
SHALL NOT INHENT
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
1 Corinthians 6:9-10:
Unrighteous…will not inherit the kingdom of God
Fornicators…will not inherit the kingdom of God
Idolaters…will not inherit the kingdom of God
Adulterers…will not inherit the kingdom of God
Homosexuals...will not inherit the kingdom of God
Sodomites...will not inherit the kingdom of God
Thieves…will not inherit the kingdom of God
Covetous…will not inherit the kingdom of God
Drunkards…will not inherit the kingdom of God
Revilers…will not inherit the kingdom of God
Extortionists…will not inherit the kingdom of God
Galatians 5:19-21: “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious:
“Sexual immorality…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.
“Impurity and debauchery…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.
“Idolatry and witchcraft…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Hatred…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Discord…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Jealousy…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Fits of rage…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
”Selfish ambition…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Dissensions…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Factions and envy…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Drunkenness…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Orgies…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“And the like…they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
THREE SINS THAT ARE STRONGLY CONDEMNED THROUGH OUT THE BIBLE IN BOTH THE OLD AND NEW TESTATMENTS BUT ARE NOW “POLITICAL CORRICT.” Note: Any sin is condemned, but in the U. S. these three are rampart, therefore, I am singling them out.
(1). Occult or Idol worship - Christ less religions
In the Old Testament the punishment was DEATH
“You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth” You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me” (Deuteronomy 5:7-9). “For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. Thus they have committed adultery with their idols and even caused their sons, whom they bore to Me, to pass through the fire to them as food” (Ezekiel 23:37). “Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known” (Jeremiah 7:9).
The Old Testament has a history of many nations that were destroyed by God because they worshiped other gods.
Occult or Idol worship - Christ less religions of today
Judaism: A religion of the Old Testament that rejected the Christ that was foretold by there prophets.
Hinduism: A religion that rejects Christ as the only way mankind can be saved, and rejects the Bible account of creation.
Buddhism: A religion that has many savers but rejects Christ and his death and resurrection. It is a Christ less and bloodless religion.
Confucianism: Basically Confucianism seems to be a human religion that is without a real belief in the existence of gods or spirits. It is a religion that totally rejects the Bible, God and Christ.
Islam or Mohammedanism: Islam accepts the Koran as the absolute word or God and rejects Christ completely.
There is only one true God and only one savior, Jesus Christ. The only way anyone can be saved is by the blood of Christ. Any God less and Christ less religion cannot be accepted as being political correct and must be totally rejected and opposed by all Christian. To accept any of them will bring eternal death (The Second Death) at the Judgment Day.
Halloween: Satan’s holiday has become the second most celebrated day in America. That it is a day of Satan, witches and witchcraft, the living dead, and many other evils is undeniable. No Christian can celebrate this day of Satan or permit their children to celebrate it. Witchcraft is condemned throughout the Bible yet many “Christians” decorate their homes with witches and dress as witches on this evil holiday of Satan.
Š “You shall not suffer a witch to live” (Exodus 22:18 “sorceress” in some translations)
Š “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15:23) Also 2 Chronicles 33:6 and Deuteronomy 18:10
Š In the New Testament, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft…of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21 King James Version)
o Many “Christians” just do not read the Bible or if they do read it they are selectively in the parts of the Bible they believe and accept; this day of Satan is accepted and celebrated by them and by their example, which is much stronger than their words, their children are taught that Satan worship is acceptable.
New Age movement, the Channeling Craze with spirits of the dead, and near-death experiences; familiar spirits are spirits of devils (See Numbers 25:13). God had forbid dealing with familiar spirits.
Spiritualism claims to communication with the spirits of the dead.
All Christ Less Religions Of Today
Š MAKES GOD A LIAR: “He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in him: he that believes not God has made him a liar because he has not believed in the witness that God has born concerning His Son” (1 John 5:10). The world religions of today do not believe in Christ as being God only Son and do not worship Christ.
Š HAS NOT ETERNAL LIFE: “God gave unto us eternal life and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has the life; he that has not the Son has not the life” (1 John 5:11-12). Most of the world religions do not believe in Christ at all, some just believe He was a prophet but not as great a prophet as their prophets.
Š HAVE NOT GOD: “Whosoever goes onward and abides not in the teaching of Christ has not God; he that abides in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). The Christ less religions of today definitely do not abide in the teaching of Christ and many of them hate those who do abide in His teaching; therefore, they have not God.
THOSE WHO FELLOWSHIP THEM OR GIVE THEM THEIR APPROVEAL PARTAKES OF THEIR EVIL: “If any man comes unto you, and brings not this teaching, receive him not into your hours, and give him no greeting: for HE THAT GIVES HIM GREETING PARTAKES IN HIS EVIL WORKS” (2 John 10-11).
Occult or Idol worship in the New Testament
(2). Adulterers and Fornicators
In the Old Testament the punishment was DEATH
One of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). “If there is a man who commits adultery with another man's wife, one who commits adultery with his friend's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death” (Leviticus 20:10). “The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; he who would destroy himself does it” (Proverbs 6:32). “The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?’ They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’” This was before the Law had been taken out of the way and mailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14). Jesus looked at all sins as being worthy of physical death, not eternal torment.
Adulterers and Fornicators in the New Testament
In the New Testament the punishment for adultery is “shall not inherit the kingdom of God,” the SECOND DEATH. “Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her: and if she herself shall put away her husband, and marry another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10”11-12). “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery, ’but I say unto you, that every one that looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not your whole body be cast into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from yourself: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not your whole body go into Gehenna. It was said also, ‘Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement,’ but I say unto you, that every one that puts away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, makes her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away commits adultery” (Matthew 5:30-31; 19:9; 19:18’ Luke 11:18; 18”20). “Let marriage be had in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). They “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:18-21; Romans 2:22; James 2:11).
You cannot be POLITICAL CORRICT and be a Christian.
You cannot accept adultery, worshiping other gods or homosexuality and a Christian cannot just look the other way and say or do nothing. A person stands up for what God says or stands against Him; there is no on the fence. God said to the church in Laodicea, “I will spew you out of my mount” (Revelation 3:16).
A Christian cannot be neutral when it comes to any sin or any false religion. He or she cannot stand by and let their friends believe in any religion that was not bought with the blood of Christ and say nothing, nor when his or her friend is practicing any sin, adultery, lying, homosexuality, believing any Christ less religion or any sin. If being political correct means saying nothing to any Christ less religion or any sin, Christian cannot be political correct and still be a Christian.
God’s wrath will be on all who try to sit on the fence and say or do nothing.
Freedom of speech dose not mean anyone who dose not believe as you do must keep quite. Political correct is used to mean a Christian must keep quite about any Christ less religion, anyone living in adultery, homosexuality, or any other thing that God says is a sin; they can and do condemn a Christian that does not accept what ever they want to do but no Christian and condemn them or their evil.
The vile and obscene way Hilton attacked Miss California for saying what she believed shows how the homosexuals attack all who will not support them or in any way oppose them. If she had answered the question the way that homosexuals thought she would she would be Miss America now, but when she answered it the way she believed he attacked her immediately and viciously and the attack has not stopped and will not unto they think they have completely destroyed her. IN THEIR MIND, ALL WHO DO NOT SUPPORT THEM ARE EVIL AND ARE TO BE DESTORYED.
Being political correct is just one of their weapons to use against any who oppose them. They went after Miss California unto Miss California was taken form her and most “Christians” did or said nothing. FREEDOM OF SPEACH AND FREEDOM OR RELIGION IS A ONE WAY STREET WITH THEM; THEY CAN BELIEVE ANYTHING THEY WHAT TO AND SAY ANYTHNG THEY WANT TO ABOUT ANYONE BUT IF ANYONE SAYS ANYTHING SAYS A WORD ABOUT THEM IT IS TAKING THEIR FREEDOM AWAY AND IS EVIL. The truth is that God says clearly and without any doubt that homosexually is evil.
Being political correct is used as a weapon to make all who are not homosexual to keep them quite while they force their evil on others. A TRUE CHRISTIAN CANNOT KEEP QUITE BUT EVEN MOST PREACHERS HAVE BEEN INTIMIDATED AND ARE KEEPING QUITE ABOUT THIS EVIL SIN AND MANY OTHER UNGODLY EVILS.
“The objective and general thrust of the gay rights movement is not only to make this sin acceptable to the American public, but to destroy the traditional divine principle of the home as a unit in which children are to be reared. A home is composed of father (husband), mother (wife), and children; with grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins, complementing the image of a stable family relationship. The gay movement is backed and promoted by anti-God forces in organizations within our nation. These work through city, county, and state governments to get laws enacted that violate the consciences of the godly moral element of our society. Against their will there are being forced to rent their property to the undesirable element, to hire them as school teachers, and to use them as leader of their children. Through books for children the gays are subtly seeking to indoctrinate three to six-year-old children with the acceptance of homosexual and lesbian marriage as the normal home relationship. With gay teacher, male or female, what type of books or stories will they assign to the children? The answer is obvious. The forced acceptance to which the American people have yielded to pressure from this enemy of righteousness and decency is shocking! Much of the peoples’ indifference is due to ignorance of what is taking place…Other nations were cast out of Canaan because of the sins of homosexuality and bestiality which God condemned side by side (Leviticus 18:22-23, 24-25). Each of these sins brought the death penalty for all parties involved (Leviticus 20:13, 15-16). God condemns the sins of homosexuality and lesbianism in the New Testament with the came clarity as He did in the Old Testament (Romans 1:24-32). Homer Hailey, Dean of Bible at Florida Collage, “God’s Judgments And Punishments Of Individuals And Nations,” Page 118, 2003, Nevada Publications
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PRESS RELEASE - Urgent Request from Focus Press
War Declared on the Whole Counsel of God!
Almost two thousand years ago the apostle Paul declared, “for I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Many preachers have diligently followed Paul’s example, and have mounted pulpits even to the point of persecution or being fired because of their decision to preach “the whole counsel of God.” The playing field has change dramatically, as lawmakers quietly pass legislation to silence specific verse. Future sermons are likely to be scrutinized by atheists and homosexual activists who are successfully eliminating the condemnation of homosexuality using our legal system.
While many were attending Wednesday night Bible Study on April 29,2009, the U.S. House of Representative’s passed bill H.R. 1913, known as the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (often referred to as the hate crime bill). While all Christians should celebrate legislation against hate crimes (and all crime), this bill gives special punishment to individuals who carry out crimes against homosexuals. In doing so it opens the door the federal prosecution of crimes that are suspected to be “motivated by prejudice” against homosexuals, bisexual, or those wrestling with “gender identity” (transsexuals, cross-dressers, sex changes, etc.). This bill is absolutely riddled with vague language. The opening line states: “to provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdiction, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.” Exactly what are “other purposes?” More importantly the meat of the bill states the federal government will support investigation and prosecution of a hate crime “motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, ender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the State, local, or tribal hate crime laws.” The ill does not define motivation, It also provides federal protection for “sexual orientation,” and “ender identity,” either “actual” or “perceived” giving the federal government the right to judge mental intent (instead of actual crime). None of these terms are defined in the legislation. Sexual orientation is defined b the Am. Psych. Assoc. as 30 behaviors including pedophilia. This bill is providing special protection for homosexuals. Should not a crime be prosecuted as a crime…period. Murder should be prosecuted as murder. This is opening the door for special protection of which Constitutional lawyers agree will affect the church. This new bill, if passed into saw, would allow preachers to be prosecuted if their sermon “motivated” someone to commit as act against a homosexual. Imagine watching the police and federal agents descend on a preacher’s office and confiscate his files, computer, CD’s, DVDs, and any copies of his sermons because someone committed a crime and blamed it on his sermon. This bill would make this scenario frighteningly real.
Openly gay Congressman Barney Frank helped craft the bill and solicited 42 co-sponsors. Christians need to be aware that this bill violates not only God’s Word, but also the U.S. constitution. As any middle school student knows, the First Amendment of the United States protects religion and the freedom of speech. The full wording of the amendment states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Once made law, this bill would effectively muzzle any speech against the sin of homosexuality and could prosecute preachers who teach what the Bible says about the abomination of homosexual behavior. H/R. 191 also tramples the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the saw—words that can be found on the entrance to the Supreme Court Building. By enacting this bill into law it would give harsher penalties to someone who commits any crime against homosexuals. This would be the first time in our nation’s history that a minority would receive not equal rights, but special rights in the legal system.
The obvious question is: What can we do about it? The bill was passed by the House, by but it still needs to go through the Senate and be signed by the President. Let your voice be heard. You can find your Senator’s contact information here: http://www.senate.gov. Contact them by phone, email, and letters. We encourage you to pass this message on to all of your friends. Print it out for your congregation. The statesman Edmund Burkeonce said: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Can we afford to continue to do nothing?
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EVILS IN THE US TODAY
THAT ARE “POLITICAL CORRECT”
Being political correct, as it is used by most, is exceedingly one sided; living in adultery is political correct, but believing God said adultery is sinful makes Christians politically un-correct and always wrong. All the world religions are all right even though they are Christ less and Christians are always politically wrong when they say these religions are without the saving blood of Christ and cannot save anyone. When God said, “Fornication, …idolatry…shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven,” God was political un-correct by today’s standards.
IDOLATRY – WITH IMAGES
God said, “You shall not make unto yourself a graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down yourself unto them, nor serve them” (Exodus 20:4-5). Aaron built an altar of a molten calf, “And Aaron make proclamation, and said, ‘Tomorrow shall be a feast to Jehovah.’ And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt-offerings, and brought peace offerings” (Exodus 32:5-6). But God said, “They have made them a molten calf and have worshipped it” (Exodus 32:8). THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE WORSHIPPING GOD, BUT GOD CANNOT BE WORSHIPPED THOUGH AN IMAGE, NOT EVEN A CROSS OR A FISH. The church of Christ now have a cross on many of their building, use crosses and other images in their class room books and in their power point in the worship. Our children are being taught images are O. K. in worship; God cannot be worshiped through an image today just as He could not be worshipped through a molten calf of through the many Roman Catholic images. ANY VISIBLE IMAGE OF ANYTHING USED IN WORSHIP IS IDOLATRY, BUT THE USE OF IMAGES BY CHURCHERS IS RAPIDLY GROWING.
IDOLATRY – WITHOUT IMAGES
Sports are the god of many. If a person speeds more time, as many do, on sports then they do on worshiping and severing God, spots has became their God. Pleasure, materialism, sports has become idolatry to many. THIS FORM OF IDOLATRY, IN WHICH THINGS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THEN GOD, IS FOUND IN MANY CHURCHERS AND IS RAMPANT IN AMERICA.
PART THREE – New Testament
WRATH OF GOD
"Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense and again, the Lord shall judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" Hebrews 10:30-31, See Romans 2:1-16; 1 Thessalonians 1:10. The Day of Judgment will be a fearful day to the lost, when they must give an account to God. The theology of many makes it essential that the wrath of God keeps the fire of Hell hot, and forever tormenting the lost in extreme pain and anguish. The Bible does not one time say His wrath will mean everlasting anguish for the lost.
1) WRATH OF GOD IN THIS LIFE
Many of the scriptures on the wrath of God are His wrath is on the sinner now in this life (Romans 1:18; 2 Peter 2:9). The outbreak or aids around the world is one example of God wrath on homosexuality today. "Men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error" (Romans 1:27). His wrath has always been on homosexual. Sodom was destroyed because of God wrath on homosexuality. It was totality annihilated with all they were in it. In the flood all life not in the ark was totality destroyed, annihilated, abolished, not tormented. Throughout The Old Testament God's wrath has been on people, cities, and nations that disobey Him. They were destroyed by fire, sword, wars, floods, but never forever tormented. Capernaum was thrust down to the grave. It does not exist today.
2) WRATH OF GOD "IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT
And others are His wrath is at the Judgment Day "... wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God...but unto them that are factious, and obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness, shall be wrath and indignation, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that worked evil...in the day when God shall judge the secrets of man" (Romans 2:5-16 American Standard Version).
Š "For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries. A man that has set at naught Moses law died without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, think you, shall he be judged worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified and unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that said, vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense, And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:26-31).
Š "And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this comes judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
Š "Inasmuch as he has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he has ordained" (Acts 17:31).
Š “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becomes saints; nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks. For this you know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience”
2 PETER 3
WORLD - 2 Peter 3:6 is from "kesmos" Wigram page 430. Kesmos is in the Greek about 185 times and in the King James Version it is translated "world" all but one time in 1 Peter 3:6 where it is translated "adorning." It is used to mean this planet earth, never the Jewish age from Moses to A. D. 70.
Kesmos is never translated "age." Peter is not speaking of "the end of the age (arion)" as Matthew is in Matthew 24:3.
EARTH - 2 Peter 3:7; 3:10; 3:13 is from "gee" Wigram page 116. Gee is in the Greek about 242 times and is translated "earth" about 284 times, "land" 39 times, "ground" 18 times, "country" 2 times, and "world" 1 time. It is used to mean this planet earth or some particular part of this earth.
ALL THE WORLD
UNLESS SOME PARTICULAR PART OF THE EARTH IS NAMED
IN 2 PETER 3, NOTHING IS SAID A PARTICULAR PART OF THE EARTH, NOTHING ABOUT ISRAEL.
2 PETER 3:7 IN EIGHT TRANSLATIONS
1. "The heavens SHALL PASS AWAY with a great noise, and the elements SHALL MELT with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing than that all these things shall be dissolved" King James Version
2. "The heavens SHALL PASS AWAY with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall BE BURNED UP. Seeing that these things are thus, all TO BE DISSOLVED" American Standard Version
3. "The heavens WILL PASS AWAY with a roar, and the elements will BE DESTROYED with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things Are TO BE DESTROYED in this way" New American Standard Version
4. "And then the heavens WILL PASS AWAY with a loud noise, AND THE ELEMENTS WILL BE DISSOLVED with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it. WILL BE DISSOLVED. Since all these things Are TO BE DISSOLVED in this way" New Revised Standard Version
5. "THE HEAVENS WILL DISAPPEAR with a roar; THE ELEMENTS WILL BE DESTROYED by fire, and the earth and everything in it WILL BE LAIN BARE" New International Version
6. "The heavens WILL PASS AWAY with a terrible noise and the heavenly bodies WILL DISAPPEAR in fire, and the earth and everything on it will BE BURNED UP. And so since EVERYTHING AROUND US IS GOING TO MELT AWAY" The Living Bible
7. "The skies WILL DISAPPEAR with a loud noise, everything in them will BE DESTROYED by fire, and the earth and everything in it will BE BURNED UP. In that way everything WILL BE DESTROYED" New Century Version
8. "In that day the heavens WILL VANISH in a tearing blast, the very elements WILL DISINTEGRATE in heat and the earth and all its works WILL DISAPPEAR. In view of the fact that all these things are to BE DISSOLVED" J. B. Phillips
Š If this passage does not say the heavens (the sky) and the earth shall pass away, all be dissolved, be burned up, will disappear, disintegrate, there is no way God could have said the heavens (the sky) and the earth will not be after the day of the Lord? THERE IS NO WAY TO READ THE EARTH WILL BE RESTORED TO BE THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE ADAM SINNED IN THIS PASSAGE. "DISAPPEAR" "MELT AWAY" "VANISH" "BE DESTROYED" "BE DISSOLVED" "PASS AWAY" "BURNED UP" DOES NOT MEAN "BE RESTORED." According to Premillennialists this cannot be at the coming of Christ for there is to be a thousand years of the Millennium after His coming.
Š If the second coming of Christ is passed and all end time prophecy has been fulfilled as Realized Eschatology teaches then life will go on forever on the earth as it is now for, according to them, nothing is said in the Bible about the earth ending.
The Second Death – The Lake of Fire
The "lake of fire" in which the Devil is cast is used five times, all five in the Book of Revelation.
(1) LAKE OF FIRE: First time it is used. Revelation 19:20 The beast and the false prophet-two world powers are cast into the lake of fire. The beast, which was the great heathen world power of that day, was the Roman Empire, and the false prophet. "These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire." Those that worshiped the beast were not thrown alive into the lake of fire but were killed with the sword, which came from the mouth of him who sat upon the horse, "and all the birds were filled with their flesh." The fire was no more literal fire than the birds are literal birds. It is a symbolic picture of total destruction, the end of the beast and the false prophet (world powers). THOSE WHO MAKE THIS LITERAL HAVE A LITERAL BEAST BEING BURNT IN A LITERAL LAKE OF FIRE; ONLY THE BEAST AND FALSE PROPHET WHERE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE; THE REST (those people who worshiped the world powers) WERE KILLED (not tormented) AND EATEN BY BIRDS. WHEN SOME MAKE THIS LITERAL TO PROVE THERE IS A HELL, IT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE HELL THAT IS TAUGHT TODAY, NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE HELL THEY ARE TRYING TO PROVE. When something is not taught in the Bible, no passage that is misused to prove it will prove it. They want to make only the lake be literal, but all others things in this passage, the beast, the sword; the birds, etc. must be symbolism for if they were literal, they would not fit with today's Hell. Why do they use this passage to try to prove Hell when it is nothing like they say Hell will be? It puts a beast alive in Hell and leaves the people that they say will live forever in Hell not in the lake of fire (not in Hell), but they are dead and are eaten by birds, not alive and tormented in Hell. THE "HELL" THAT IS PREACHED TODAY DOES NOT HAVE A BEAST THAT IS ALIVE IN IT, AND DEAD PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT IN HELL BEING EATEN BY BIRDS.
The lake of fire is used only in the Book of Revelation and is a symbolic picture taken from this earth. Literal fire will not exist after the end of this age (1 Peter 3). Anything cast into a literal lake of fire would be totally destroyed, not tormented forever. It is a symbol of total destruction, not of eternal torment, not something that will exist after the destruction of the earth. To have their Hell in this passage, they must mix symbols and literal together in the same passage and only they can tell us what part is literal, and even then they cannot find anything that is close to the Hell that is preached today in it.
Homer Hailey "Revelation, An Introduction And Commentary" Chapter 19, Baker Book House, "The beast is the great heathen world power of that day, the Roman Empire" Page 387. Then on page 388 he says "These 'two were cast alive into the lake of fire that burns with brimstone,' where the harlot had already met her fate, being 'utterly burns with fire'...Because of the expression, 'cast alive,' some writers have concluded that these two are literally individuals who will appear in person before the end of time. But this does not necessarily follow; for 'being cast alive into the lake' indicates that up to the actual time when they were cast into the lake of brimstone and WERE BROUGHT TO FINAL DESTRUCTION by His mighty power and judgment, these two personified forces of political and spiritual power were actively fighting against the Lamb. The Roman Empire and emperor worship backed by the imperial power were now BROUGHT TO A FINAL AND COMPLETE END, never to rise again" On the same page he says "The Roman power and the paganism which it supported ARE NOW DESTROYED FOREVER. The vision of Daniel is fulfilled (Daniel 7:11), AND IN THIS DEFEAT AND DESTRUCTION IS REVEALED THE DESTINY OF ALL SUCH POWERS THAT SHOULD EVER ARISE TO FIGHT AGAINST GOD AND HIS KINGDOM. This is God's guarantee to victory to the saints who lived then and to all who would come after them, even until the end of time. 'And all the birds were filled with their flesh' completes the symbolism of verses 17-18. Not a vestige of the anti-Christian forces were left; THE DESTRUCTION WAS COMPLETE." And on page 398, "The devil, man's great deceiver from the beginning, now reaches his final doom and eternal end. First, he was cast down to the earth (12:9), then into the pit of the abyss (20:3), and now into the lake of fire and brimstone, his ultimate end." When he gets to Revelation 20:11 he says, "THUS FAR IN THE BOOK SEVERAL SCENES OF JUDGMENT HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED, BUT NONE DEPICTED THE FINAL JUDGMENT" Page 399
Foy E. Wallace, Jr. says the lake of fire is a figurative description of complete destruction and annihilation of all persecuting powers opposed to the church (Page 434), and then of the complete destruction and annihilation of Satan, and all who are not in the book of life. "The ones who had part in it (the lake of fire) came to the same end as the persecuting beast-a figurative description of complete destruction and annihilation of all persecuting powers opposed to the church whose opposition was crushed." Wallace says. "ONE OF THESE PASSAGES CANNOT BE CONSIDERED MORE OR LESS LITERAL THAN THE OTHER-BOTH WERE FIGURATIVE EXPRESSIONS WHICH SIGNIFIED THE UTTER END OF THE PERSECUTING AUTHORITIES OF HEATHENISM AGAINST CHRISTIANITY. The phrase cast alive into a lake of fire was equivalent to burned alive, AND IT SYMBOLIZED COMPLETE DESTRUCTION. The signal triumph of the cause of truth represented by the burning alive of the beast and the false prophet did not symbolize the destruction to the Roman Empire, but of the persecutions waged by the emperors, which the beasts represented. THE LAKE OF FIRE WAS NOT LITERAL ANY MORE THAN THE BEAST WAS LITERAL. NEITHER WAS SUBJECT TO LITERAL APPLICATION, BOTH WERE FIGURATIVE. THE BEAST SYMBOLIZED THE PERSECUTING POWER OF THE ROMAN EMPEROR: AND CASTING HIM INTO A LAKE OF FIRE SIGNIFIED THE COMPLETE DEFEAT OF THE HEATHEN POWER HE REPRESENTED IN THE WAR AGAINST THE CHURCH " The Book Of Revelation, Page 397.
Of the final judgment in Revelation 20:14-15, Hailey says, "'He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death' (2:11); those that overcome had part in the first resurrection (20:6). Thus far the harlot, the beast, the false prophet, Satan, and now death and Hades, HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THEIR END IN THE LAKE OF FIRE...There remains only one group to be dealt with: those not found written in the book of life...Of this second death, Alford writes, 'As there is a second higher life, so there is also a second and deeper death. And as after that life there is no more death, so after that death there is no more life'" Page 403. Death and hades are nonliving things. They have no life, thoughts, or feelings. They can be destroyed and "brought to a final and complete end," but it would not be possible to torment them. They can no more be tormented than a rock, but both will come to an end. Both will be made not to exist.
A. M. Ogden says the lake of fire in Revelation 19:20 is symbolic of God's fire of destruction coming upon the Roman Empire and its pagan religions that were the persecutor of the church. Page 354.
Both Wallace and Arthur Ogden say, "The holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband" (Revelation 21:2) is the kingdom of God, the church of Christ; and not a vision of Heaven; but is a vision of the church, the bride of Christ.
B. W. Johnson on Revelation 19:20 says, "Here the false prophet, both symbols of the same power, is cast in the lake of fire. THE SYMBOL INDICATES UTTER DESTRUCTION. WHAT IS CAST INTO THIS LAKE IS SEEN NO MORE."
Frank Walton says it is not a literal lake of fire. It symbolizes the total defeat of heathen powers that war against the church. Florida College Lectures 1994, Page 176.
Jim McGuiggan in his commentary on Revelation 19:20 says he believes the lake of fire stands for the utter defeat of the enemy.
These commentaries are some of the best, if not the best, and they all say the lake of fire is symbolic of destruction or death, not of eternal life in torment. If Revelation 21 is a symbolic picture of the church on earth as the bride of Christ, or if it is a symbolic picture of the church in Heaven, in either case the lake of fire is symbolic and not a real place. John clearly says in Revelation 21:8 that it is symbolic of the second death. Many who believe in Hell are forced to admit that in Revelation 19:20 "The Lake of Fire" is symbolic, but insist the same lake of fire in chapters 20 and 21 is a real literal lake of fire.
"FALSE PROPHET" IN HELL BEFORE THE JUDGMENT: On page 169, Peterson says the "false prophet" (Revelation 19:20) are thrown alive into it and are still there a thousand years later. Then he says Revelation 20:14 speaks of all human standing before God at the Last Judgment. By making symbols literal, he changed nations (false prophets) into people and puts people into Hell before they are judged at the Judgment Day.
"DEVOURED" not "TORMENTED" Even if they make the symbolical language literal, it would teach God would destroy His enemies, not torment them. "And fire came down out of heaven, and devoured them" Revelation 20:9, the Bible language does not suit today's teaching.
(2) LAKE OF FIRE: Second time it is used. Revelation 20:10 The devil is cast in with the beast and the false prophet. Nothing of the physical realm could live in a lake of fire. It is a symbolic picture of destruction, not of torment. Just as any living thing of the earthly realm we know, if it were cast into a lake of fire it would be totally destroyed, a symbolic picture of the devil being cast into it would be a picture to us of his total destruction, for if the devil were a flesh and blood being, he would be totally destroyed by a literal lake of fire. The devil, the beast, false prophet, death, the grave, and all that are not in the book of life will be totally destroyed. After the resurrection and judgment, no one will be of the physical realm and could not be tormented by a literal lake of fire that is of the physical realm. A literal lake of fire could not torment a spiritual being and could have no effective on Satan or a "soul" as the word is used today. The devil that is a being not of the earthly realm, a being of the spiritual realm, is cast to the lake of fire along with two earthly things, the beast and the false prophet. It is a symbolic picture of their destruction, not a literal casting of beings or two realms into a literal lake of fire, which is of this earthly realm. Things of the earthly and spiritual realms can be mixed in symbolic pictures, but not in reality. If the lake of fire were of the earthly realm Satan could not be cast into it, and if it were of the spiritual realm, the beast and the false prophet could not be cast into it. In Revelation 20:15 and 21:8, John interpreted the figure or symbol he used and said the symbolic picture of the lake of fire is in reality the second death. THE LAKE OF FIRE WILL HAVE THE SAME EFFECT ON SATAN THAT IT WILL HAVE ON DEATH. "AND DEATH SHALL BE NO MORE" (REVELATION 21:4). If it is the end of death, then it is the end of Satan. It is a symbolic picture of the end of both.
SATAN'S MINISTERS: The ministers of Satan, like Satan, shall have an end. "WHOSE END shall be according to their works" (2 Corinthians 11:15).
REVELATION 20:10 IS A SYMBOLIC PICTURE OF THE END OF SATAN, OF HIS BEING ABOLISHED (DESTROYED), NOT TORMENTED FOREVER. Hebrews 2:14 IS A LITERAL STATEMENT OF HIS END. "That through death he might BRING TO NOUGHT (nothing) him that has the power of death, that is, the devil" (American Standard Version). God made the world and all that is in it out of nothing. It will go back to nothing. Satan also will be brought to nothing. "So that through death he might DESTROY the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil" (New Revised Standard Version). In Hebrews 2:14 "naught" (nothing) is translated from "katargeo" which is translated ABOLISHED, VANISH AWAY, BRING TO NAUGHT, DO AWAY WITH, DESTROY, BE DONE WAY, AND CEASED.
"That through death he might BRING TO NAUGHT (katargeo) him that had the power of death, that is, the devil" (Hebrews 2:14). "That through death he might DESTROY (katargeo) him" King James Version.
Death "SHALL BE ABOLISHED (katargeo)" (1 Corinthians 15:26).
Knowledge "SHALL VANISH AWAY (katargeo)" (1 Corinthians 13:8).
"God SHALL BRING TO NAUGHT (katargeo) both it (their belly) and THEM" (1 Corinthians 6:13).
"The last enemy that shall be ABOLISHED (katargeo) is death" "DESTROYED" (katargeo) King James Version (1 Corinthians 15:26).
"The stumbling-block of the cross been DONE AWAY (katargeo)" "CEASED" (katargeo), King James Version (Galatians 4:11).
"It (the veil) is DONE AWAY (katargeo) in Christ" (2 Corinthians 3:14).
"HAVING ABOLISHED (katargeo) in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments" (Ephesians 2:15). The same word is used for the end of death, knowledge, the belly, Satan, the Law of Moses, and the lost. Whatever happens to one happens to the others. They all have been or will be brought to nothing.
A DEATH BRUISE TO THE HEAD OF SATAN: The serpent of Genesis 3 is not said to be Satan but most all believe it to be Satan working through the serpent, which was "more crafty than any beast of the field" (Genesis 3:1). With the first lie, the devil brought death into the world and became the murderer of Adam and Eve, therefore, the murderer of all their seed (John 8:44). He sinned "from the beginning" (1 John 3:8)." "He (Christ) shall bruise you (Satan) on the head, and you (Satan) shall bruise him (Christ) on the heel." See Romans 16:20. Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown says, "Thus, fatal shall be the stroke which Satan shall receive from Christ" Commentary on Genesis 3:15. "The terminology of this verse is such that it cannot apply to anything in heaven or upon earth except the long spiritual conflict between Christ and Satan" J. B. Coffman, Commentary on Genesis 3:15. A wound to the heel is not fatal. Satan wounded Christ by sin and death, which he is responsible for being in the world. It made the death of Christ necessary, but Christ rose from the dead and in doing so bruised the head of Satan (Hebrews 2:1). There is much in Genesis 3:1-15 that seems not to apply to Satan. "On your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life" etc. All of Genesis 3:1-15 seems to be spoken of the serpent and not of Satan, yet does anyone believe the first lie and the fall of man came through a reptile and not through Satan. In some way, Satan seems to have used the serpent and part of the curse is against the serpent for being used. Did the serpent or any other animal have the power to speak or was it Satan speaking through it? God did speak through an animal (2 Peter 2:1). It looks as if Satan did. See 2 Corinthians 11:3. Christ said the devil "is a liar, and the father of lies' (John 8:44). Albert Barnes on John 8:44, "He was a murderer from the beginning. That is from the beginning of the world, or the first records there are of him. This refers to the seduction of Adam and Eve. Death was denounced against sin Genesis ii.17. The devil deceived our first parents and they became subject of death, Genesis iii. As he was the cause why death came into the world, he may be said to have been a murderer in that act, or from the beginning."
Revelation 20:7, which may be symbolic language and not intended to be taken literally says, "And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him." Also see Revelation 12:9.
It is difficult to know what John meant by much of the symbolic language he used in Revelation, but even more difficult to understand if it is made to be a literal non-symbolic passage, yet many use a symbolic passage as the base of their faith and make it override many clear passages.
(3) LAKE OF FIRE: Third time it is used. Revelation 20:14 Death and hades are cast into the lake of fire. If death and hades are annihilated in the lake of fire, all who are not found written in the book of life must also be annihilated. IF ALL WHO ARE NOT FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE ARE NOT ANNIHILATED, DEATH IS NOT ABOLISHED (1 Corinthians 15:26). THE SAME THING HAPPENS TO ALL THREE (death, hades, and those that do not have their name in the book of life). THEY COME TO AN END. "And death shall be no more" (Revelation 21:4).
HELL CAST INTO HELL (Revelation 20:14 King James Version). I have often heard in sermons that the lost will forever be tormented in the lake of fire. Most who believe in Hell teach the lake of fire is Hell, but in the King James Version Hell is cast into the lake of fire, both cannot be the same place, but both Catholics and Protestants believe they are the same place. Both believe the lake of fire is Hell. For both the Catholic and Protestant versions of Hell, Hell being cast into Hell presents an absurd problem. Casting Hell into Hell is another blunder made by the King James Translators trying to put Hell into the Bible, but most other translations have corrected this blunder. Dr. C. Campbell on Revelation 20:14 says, "If we interpret Hades, 'hell,' in the Christian sense of the word, the whole passage is rendered nonsense. Hell is represented as being cast into hell...THE PHRASE 'CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE' IS A FIGURE OF UTTER DESTRUCTION. IT IS SIMPLY SAYING 'DEATH AND HELL WAS DESTROYED.'"
DEATH IS ALSO CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE. (Revelation 20:14) Will the lake of fire be the end of death but not the end of Hell? Or will death be forever tormented in the lake of fire, which many say is Hell? Death cannot be tormented; this is a symbolic picture of the end of all three, death, hades and the wicked? DO SOME THINK THE LAKE OF FIRE WILL ABOLISH DEATH BUT TORMENT PEOPLE?
"AND HELL DELIVERED UP THE DEAD" Revelation 20:13 THE KING JAMES VERSION HAS HELL BEING EMPTIED BEFORE THE JUDGMENT, But, most who believe in Hell do not believe that any in Hell will ever get out ("and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them" Revelation 20:13 King James Version). Many believe that no one will be in Hell unto after the Judgment Day to be "delivered up," but they use this passage to prove the lost will go to Hell after the Judgment although it will be emptied and cast into the lake of fire before the Judgment. IN THE KING JAMES VERSION THE JUDGMENT IS AFTER HELL HAS BEEN EMPTIED. NOT ONLY IS HELL EMPTIED BEFORE THE JUDGMENT, BUT ALSO SOME THAT WERE IN IT BEFORE IT WAS EMPTIED WILL EVEN BE FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE, AND THOSE TAKEN OUT OF HELL ARE NEVER PUT BACK INTO IT. According to the King James Version, the Judgment will not take place unto after all that are in Hell have been taken out, "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and HELL DELIVER UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN THEM; AND THEY WERE JUDGED every man according to their works" (Revelation 20:13). In trying to put a place of eternal torment in the Bible by mistranslating, they made the Bible teach something that they did not believe and most today that believe in Hell do not believe. Most newer translations have also corrected this blunder, but unfortunately this has done little or nothing to correct any of the many Protestant versions of Hell.
The end will not come unto Christ "shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power for he must reign till he has put all his enemies under his feet, the last enemy that shall be abolished is death" (1 Corinthians 15:24-20).
(4 and 5) LAKE OF FIRE: Forth and fifth times it is used. Any not in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). Lake of Fire is the second death (Revelation 21:8).
What is cast into the lake of fire?
The BEAST AND THE FALSE PROPHET, which are symbols of two world powers, two nonliving things (Revelation 19:20).
THE DEVIL cast in with the beast and the false prophet (Revelation 20:10).
DEATH AND HADES, two more nonliving things are cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14).
AND ALL WHO ARE NOT IN THE BOOK OF LIFE (Revelation 20:15).
FOUR NONLIVING THINGS that can come to an end but cannot be tormented. I know of no one that believes world powers will forever be tormented in "Hell." (1) The beast (symbol of a world power), (2) The false prophet, (3) Death, (4) Hades, (the grave).
TWO LIVING (1) The devil (2) Any that are not in the book of life, for them the wages of sin is death, not the death of the body that comes to all, but the second death.
THE THOUSAND YEARS AND THE LAKE OF FIRE: In the New Testament many symbols are used and many of them we are told just what they are symbols of. We are given the interpretation in clear plan language. WHEN WE ARE TOLD EXACTLY WHAT THE INTERPRETATION IS IN PLAN LANGUAGE, WE MUST NOT CHANGE THE INTERPRETATION OF THE SYMBOL. THE PREMILLENNIALISTS MAKE A SYMBOL (the thousand years) INTO A LITERAL TIME. THE BIBLE'S INTERPRETATION OF THE THOUSAND-YEAR REIGN CANNOT BE ACCEPTED FOR IF IT WERE, IT WOULD END THE PREMILLENNIAL DOCTRINE. IN THE SAME WAY, THOSE WHO TEACH THE LAKE OF FIRE IS HELL CANNOT ACCEPT THE BIBLE'S INTERPRETATION OF WHAT THE LAKE OF FIRE IS, THE SECOND DEATH. TO THEM, THE LAKE OF FIRE IS ETERNAL LIFE OF TORMENT IN FIRE. IT CANNOT BE DEATH. THE BIBLE'S OWN INTERPRETATION OF WHAT THE LAKE OF FIRE IS NOT ACCEPTED FOR IF IT WERE THERE COULD BE NO HELL.
THE SYMBOLS ----------------------- THE BIBLE'S INTERPRETATION
THE FIELD ----------------- IS THE WORLD not a farm Matthew 13:38
THE GOOD SEED -------- ARE THE SONS OF THE KINGDOM not a garden Matthew 13:38
THE TARES ----------------ARE THE SONS OF THE EVIL ONE not weeds Matthew 13:38
BOWLS OF INCENSE - ARE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS not cereal Revelation 5:8
THE TEN HORNS ------ ARE TEN KINGS not ten trumpets Revelation 17:12
THE WATERS ----------- ARE PEOPLES, MULTITUDES, NATIONS not seas Revelation 17:15
THE WOMAN ----------- IS THE GREAT CITY not a female Revelation 17:18
FINE LINEN ------------ IS RIGHTEOUS ACTS OF THE SAINTS not a tablecloth Revelation 19:8
THE DRAGON --------- IS THE DEVIL AND SATAN Revelation 20:2
1,000 YEAR REIGN - IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION not a kingdom on earth after the second coming of Christ Revelation 20:5
LAKE OF FIRE - - - IS THE SECOND DEATH not a deathless place of torment.
All die once, sinners will die twice Revelation 21:8
The interpretation is ONLY what it is stated to be. The thousand years is the first resurrection. The thousand years and the lake of fire are the two most misused symbols in this book. It is as if God knew they would be misused, and He plainly said what they are symbols of so there could be no excuses to misuse them. Those in Christ are now "kings and priests" (Revelation 1:6). Are a "kingdom and priests; and THEY REIGN UPON THE EARTH" (Revelation 5:9-10). Those who are baptized into Christ have been raised with Him; they were dead and now have the life He gives and they live with Him. This is the first resurrection, and those who have a part in it will not be subject to the second death after the judgment. All others are dead in that they do not have the life He gives and after the resurrection and judgment they will die the second death. The 1,000 years is symbolic of an indefinite time in which the saints will reign with Christ; the saved reigning with Christ begins after the resurrection of Christ and will last to His second coming.
Strong list ten Greek words that are translated thousand in the New Testament. Only two of them are used in Revelations.
Strong's word 5505, "chalias" is used 22 times in the New Testament. Luke 14:31 used two times; Acts 4:4; 1 Corinthians 10:8; Revelations 5:11; 7:4; 7:5 three times; 7:6 three times; 7:7 three times; 7:8 three times; 11:13; 14:1; 14:3; 21:16. In all of the 22 times it is used the precisely number of thousands is stated.
Strong's word 5507, "chiloi" which Strong says is "plural" and "uncertain" is used eleven times in the New Testament. Thousands (an indefinite plural) of years is a long indefinite period of time having no certain or fixed limit. "Chiloi" is used in 2 Peter 3:8 two times; Revelations 11:3; 12:6; 14:20; 20:2; 20:3; 20:4; 20:5; 20:6; 20:7.
In all four times the second death is used, death is from "thanatos," which is used 118 times in the New Testament. In all 118, death is death, not eternal life with torment, not separated from God but alive, not just a loss of well being but alive.
"You do proclaim the Lord's death (thanatos) till He comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26)
"He was sick nigh unto death (thanatos)" (Philippians 2:27)
"Brother shall deliver up the brother to death (thanatos)" Matthew 10:21)
"Shall not taste of death (thanatos)" (Mark 9:1)
"What death (thanatos) he should die" (John 12:33; 18:32)
"By the death (thanatos) of his Son" (Romans 5:10)
Thanatos always means death, never any kind of life, but today's theology tells us that John's interpretation of the Lake of Fire must be reinterpreted and death changed to eternal life with torment for there could not be death to a soul that cannot die, therefore, John's interpretation of the Lake of Fire being the second death must be reinterpreted to be the Lake of Fire is eternal life with torment.
Lake of fire - interpreted by John to be the second death
Lake of fire - reinterpreted today to be eternal life with torment
The lake of fire is only a symbol of the real thing (the second death), but many preach and teach it as if there is a real lake of literal fire somewhere, but it is not on this earth, and this fire will last forever. There is not now or ever will be a lake of literal fire. They must turn it around and make the second death be only a metaphor of the lake of fire, therefore, the second death cannot be a real death, for the second death cannot be a real death if the "soul" can never die. They also make the second death be only a metaphor of Gehenna (but only after Gehenna has been mistranslated into "Hell"). They do not seem to be able to make up their minds on whether the second death is a metaphor of the lake of fire, or a metaphor of Gehenna after Gehenna has been changed to "Hell."
Changes made by those who say they do not change the Bible
The Bible says THE LAKE OF FIRE ------ IS THE SECOND DEATH
Today many say THE SECOND DEATH - IS THE LAKE OF FIRE
Today many say THE LAKE OF FIRE --- IS HELL
Today many say THE LAKE OF FIRE --- IS GEHENNA
DEATH WILL END AFTER THE JUDGMENT WHEN DEATH IS DESTROYED. The end will not come unto Christ "shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power for he must reign till he has put all his enemies under his feet, the last enemy that shall be abolished is death" (1 Corinthians 15:26).
Death will be "DESTROYED" King James Version, New King James Version, New Revised Standard Version, New Century Version, and New International Version.
Death will be "ABOLISHED" American Standard Version.
The lake of fire, which is the second death (Revelation 21:8), will be abolished, destroyed when the kingdom is delivered up to God (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).
3) WRATH OF GOD AFTER THE JUDGMENT: Not one word about the wrath of God. Many mix the first two together, and misapply most of them to their Hell after Judgment Day, which they must prove at all cost. Is it that they want them burning in Hell while we are in Heaven? Nothing is said about God tormenting anyone after the Judgment Day is over, or about His wrath after that day; but they teach it as if it were a gospel fact. God's wrath will be on the Judgment Day (Matthew 16:27; Luke 14:4; John 5:27-29; Acts 17:31; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 3:7; Malachi 4:1-3. The tares are burned "in the end of the world" Matthew 13:36-50. Not "in Hell after the end of the world"). WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT GOD'S WRATH AFTER THE JUDGMENT? NOT ONE WORD.
Summary: A CHRISTAIN CANNOT PARTAKE OF OR APPROVE ANY THREE SINS that has became common in America today, (1) occult and idol worship (2) adultery (3) and homosexuality. “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. IF ANYONE COMES TO YOU AND DOES NOT BRING THIS TEACHING, DO NOT RECEIVE HIM INTO YOUR HOUSE, AND DO NOT GIVE HIM A GREETING; FOR THE ONE WHO GIVES HIM A GREETING PARTICIPATES IN HIS EVIL DEEDS” (2 John 9-11).
Š To accept (receive) any who worship idols is to participate in his or her evil deed
Š To accept (receive) any who is living in adultery is to participate in his or her evil deed
Š To accept homosexuality and fellowship them (receive) is to participate in his or her evil deed
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APPENDIX ONE (coming)
THE CALVIN GOD
2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” This verse does not describe the Calvin God that is going to torment most with out giving them a chance to be saved “for his own good pleasure.” Not a God that is going to love burning most of us in Hell forever.
THE CALVIN GOD, which is believed in and worshiped by many, is a God many times more evil, more cruel and sadistic than any heathen god. Before the Calvin God made the world, He chose to make most of mankind to be lost before He made them. He even made it impossible for them to believe, but will torment them forever for not believing. The torment by the worshipers of heathen gods soon end with death of the ones being tormented; but Calvinism teaches God made most men, many millions, just so He could torment them without end for eternity "for his good pleasure." According to Hell fire Calvin teachers, this torment will be many times worse than any torment by the worshipers of heathen gods; and will never end in the death of those being tormented. How could any person who has an ounce of compassion, love and worship such a God?
Those who believe in the Calvin God say this God chose you to be saved or to be lost before he made the world. If you are one of the few chosen by this evil God to be saved, even if you live in the most out of the way place in the world and never know of God or Christ, when the time comes for you to be saved you will be. You can do nothing about it. You cannot say no. If you are one of the many he chose to torment forever, there is no use to send preachers to you. There is no use for you to read the Bible or do anything. There is nothing you or anyone can do. According to Calvin this God made you just because he wants to torment you forever, and he will. Such a God is like a very rich ruler who torments a thousand people "for his good pleasure" and enjoyment, and chose you to make rich and happy. He would not be worthily of your love, but only your contempt. To destroy the evil, either in this lifetime or at the judgment is one thing; but to make them be evil before they were born, and then torment them without end with more pain than they can know in this lifetime for being what he made them to be is not justice. He would be an unjust and evil God. He made them evil and gave them no chance not to be, and then torments them for being what He made them to be. If you put a person who worked in a store in the electric chair for unknowingly short changing a person one cent, your injustice would not equal that of a God that made one person just so he could torment that person forever. Many say He did this with most of mankind. Most are filled with grief when a loved one or friend has some sickness that makes them suffer even when they know the suffering will soon end with death. Yet, they worship a God who they believe will take pleasure in the suffering of billions without end; and not only will he take pleasure in it but he will be the one that is tormenting them and making them suffer and he made them just so he could torment and make them suffer.
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CHAPTER ONE. The reinterpretation of the nature of man. http://www.robertwr.com/index.html
1. Soul in Genesis, Soul in the New Testament, Old Testament words, which are translated life, spirit, breath, or soul, are all used referring to both a person and animals, Soul in the Old Testament.
2. Soul in the New Testament, Plato's immortal soul versus Christ's life and resurrection, Historical proof of reinterpretations of the Bible. The great confusion—Soul or Spirit
CHAPTER TWO. Life or death? http://www.robertwr.com/life.html
CHAPTER THREE. The reinterpretations of the great doctrines of the Bible. http://www.robertwr.com/immortal.html
CHAPTERS FOUR, FIVE, SIX, AND SEVEN.
Chapter Four, From where came hell? The given no chance Hell, Edward Fudge's Short Hell, The Changing Hell, The Vanishing Hell.
Chapter Five. Sheol, Hades, Tartarus, and the Nether World. A soul is the image of Adam.
Chapter Six. The thirty-one passages where Hell is used in the King James Version.
Chapter Seven. A Strange and Unexplainable Silence.
CHAPTERS EIGHT, NINE, TEN, ELEVEN, AND TWELVE:
Chapter eight, Figurative language, metaphors, and symbolical passage
Part one, The rich man
Part two, The symbolic pictures in Revelation
Part three, The forever and ever of the King James Version
Chapter nine, Universalist, The "age lasting" Hell
Chapter ten, The results of attributing evil Pagan teachings to God
Chapter eleven, Historical proof of the changing of the teaching of the Bible
Chapter twelve, ISRAEL'S DESTRUCTION. Scripture about the destruction of Israel that are misapplied to Hell, Israel’s weeping, gnashing of teeth, outer darkness, Matthew 24, Preterits Eschatology, Realized Eschatology, A. D. 70 Doctrine, The day of the Lord, 2 Peter 3
OTHER WEB SITES of William Robert West, Church of Christ
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Ch. 1 After the Judgment where will we spend eternity?
Ch. 2 When will the secret rapture come to pass? Will you miss it?
Ch. 3 Will there be cars without drivers after the rapture?
Ch. 4 What is the battle of Armageddon?
Ch. 5 Is Armageddon coming soon?
Ch. 6 Will Israel be restored? Will there be a worldwide conversion of Jews?
Ch. 7 Will the temple be rebuilt in Jerusalem?
Ch. 8 Will animal sacrifices be restored?
Ch. 9 What are the signs of the second coming of Christ?
Ch. 10 Who are the 144,000?
Ch. 11 Will there be one, two, or three resurrections?
Ch. 12 What is the "time of the Gentiles"?
Ch. 13 What is the "gap" theory?
Ch. 1 4 Who is the thirteenth tribe?
A Growing Opposition To Hell In The Churches of Christ
“THE INDICTMENT OF ETERNAL TORMENT: THE SELF-NEGATION OF A MONSTROUS DOCTRINE,” by E. D. Slough, a preacher in the Church of Christ, F. L. Rowe Publisher, 1914. I have put this book on the web free at http://www.robertwr.com/EternalTorment.htm
“LIFE IN CHRIST” by Edward White was published in 1875 may have been one of the first major protest against the doctrine of an immortal soul. For the most part this book teaches the truth on the doctrine of the soul and Hell however there are a few things in it that are unbiblical. I have put this book on the web free at
“A HISTORY OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE SOUL” by D. M. Canright. Although there are a few things in this book that I do not believe to be right, it is the best I have seen on the history of the origin of the belief in a soul being in a person that will leave the person at their death, that this belief came from pagan sources, and is not taught in the Bible.
GOOD WEB PAGES BY MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST.
(1) Articles by Ken Fortier and C. Dickinson
(2) "The Maxey—Thrasher Debate" A debate on the eternal destiny of the wicked between two Gospel preachers.