(04-12-2016, 11:56 AM)Maggie Wrote: I didn't think about it that way. I feel so bad now! It worked for me because when I saw it I was too young to really appreciate God and how great He really is. And at that age I for sure understood how horrible hell was. My kid's never seen the movie, and they still went to church when they were young, and they are good. But they haven't gotten saved yet, so I just might have to pull that movie out after all-haha. Just joking. Thanks again for pointing that out, it makes so much sense when you put it that way. What about that movie 'Left Behind' have you heard of it? I just want to make sure that our young people really understand how evil the devil really is. I don't think that they REALLY get it.
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You don't need Hell at all to show young people how evil the devil is. All you have to do is show them the world outside there protected existence (that you have rightly created for them). Hell as eternal torment (which I don't believe in) says more about God than the devil anyways. The Devil is the "god" of this world/age not the next age. The only thing the devil has to do with Hell is that he will endure the punishment and correction of hell just the same as unbelievers and the unrighteous.
But the God I know from the Bible never said Hell was a place of eternal torment (that is a pagan concept). I do believe in the Lake of Fire as a place of purging, sanctification and correction for unbelievers in the next age, with the purpose of eventually reconciling all to God. The greek word anionis that is translated as "eternal" in most English Bibles, actually means "age-enduring". It's the root word we get "eon" or "age" from. It's a long but measurable amount of time with an end. The correct greek word for eternal or everlasting is aidios and is only used in the Bible to describe God and never to describe Hell or the Lake of Fire.
Then shall the king say to those on his right hand, Come ye, the blessed of my Father, inherit the reign that hath been prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
And the king answering, shall say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did to one of these my brethren -- the least -- to me ye did