MY RESPONSE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTER:
Hell exists because God made us with the ability to love, and that requires the ability to hate.
HATE IS NOT THE OPPOSITE OF AGAPE LOVE BUT EVEN IF IT WERE, THE ABILITY TO HATE NECESSITATES HELL HOW EXACTLY?
And if God allowed everyone to go to heaven, then He would turn heaven into hell and for all of eternity unleash onto the redeemed the "hell on earth" that so many people already lament.
IF ANYONE GOING TO HEAVEN BRINGS WITH HIM HIS POLLUTION THEN IT MIGHT BE A PLACE YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO GO TO BUT THIS STATEMENT DENIES WE WILL BE CHANGED INTO PURE SPIRITUAL BEINGS FIRST.
And if God replaced St. Peter's gate with a revolving door, then the rebellion, pride, hatred, cruelty and selfishness that has spoiled the paradise of Eden would forever spoil the heavenly paradise.
IGNORANCE OF THE POWER OF GOD - JUST AS JESUS SAID.
Also, the deity of Christ and eternal punishment are related doctrines, for cults that do not know that Jesus is God also tend to reject the eternal hell.
MANY CHRISTIANS REJECT ETERNAL SUFFERING. THAT'S NOT AN EXCLUSIVE TRAIT TO CULTS. CONVERSELY, THERE ARE THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW JESUS IS GOD BUT ALSO BELIEVE IN ETERNAL SUFFERING. THIS STATEMENT IS MEANINGLESS.
If the punishment of sin is not eternal, then God could have created something of sufficient worth to pay the price, and He would not have had to sacrifice His infinitely worthy Son.
HE COULD HAVE SAVED US ANY WAY HE WANTED TO. HE'S GOD.
But when Jesus prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will," because the Father's love for the Son was immeasurable, we can be sure that there was no other way to pay for the sins of men.
THAT WAY WAS GOD'S CHOICE. HE WAS NOT "FORCED" INTO IT. HE'S GOD.
And so, because the demands of righteousness required a full payment for sin, the penalty for sin could not be a finite prison term, for then Jesus Christ would not have had to pay with His life.
THE SCRIPTURES ARE CLEAR IT WAS A SINLESS MAN WHO DIED FOR OUR SINS. RIGHTEOUSNESS "DEMANDS" NOTHING ELSE. JESUS PAID WITH HIS LIFE SO WE COULD HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. THE LENGTH OF THE "PRISON TERM" HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.
As Southern Baptist seminary president Albert Mohler said, if Bell were right, then "you don't need Christ, and you don't need the cross. This is the tragedy of nonjudgmental mainline liberalism..."
THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, AND THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. THAT'S WHY WE NEED CHRIST.
And check out also Bob Enyart's related article on Should Christians Judge? and his Nicer than God Bible seminar below!
IF IT'S MORE OF THE SAME NONSENSE JUST POSTED, NO THANK YOU.