The Most Offensive Doctrine

Some years ago i was chatting with a guy who i met at Manchester Piccadilly train station. Despite it was our first time meeting, he was very open to conversation. After introducing ourselves, we kicked off our conversation with the weather. It’s a British thing to comment on the day’s weather during conversations (don’t ask me why haha!). Whatever the weather was like that day didn’t really matter as we were both were inside the train station. It so happened that he wasn’t in a hurry. I can’t remember why he wasn’t but i was willing to spend a long time chatting with him as my purpose of coming there that day was to evangelize.

Few minutes into the conversation, he told me he knew about church and that he was once a christian. He said he was born and baptized in church and his mum and grandma always brought him to church as a child. From experience, it’s more difficult to evangelize to people like this because they most likely have previously heard everything you are about to say in church. On the other hand, i was happy because at least it won’t just be me talking since he has heard of Jesus and knows Him to some extent.

“Yes i used to be a christian and i used to go to church a lot”, he said as i waited anxiously to hear the reason why he stopped attending church. “Jesus Christ i know was a good guy but all of that heaven and hell stuff isn’t real. Why will someone who is that good create hell and let people go there?” he said.

I’m sure you’ve heard a similar line before. “Why will a good God create hell?”. It is a good news and a bad news. The teaching of eternal punishment is the most offensive doctrine i have ever heard. Despite so, it is true. There is a place called hell fire. The devil’s trick is to make us believe hell isn’t real.

I love to talk about the love and sweetness of God. However God is a loving God of justice. The good news is that hell was made for the devil and his agents. The bad news is that it isn’t just him and his agents that will end up there. I don’t like the idea that people will go to hell. It is a tough doctrine. But if Jesus endorsed it, there is nothing i can do about it. Who am i not to believe something that He endorsed?

Hell was never made for man. When man disobeyed in the garden of Eden, sin was introduced into the world. Sin has it’s consequences and the final destination for sinners is hell fire. It isn’t God’s desire to see people go to hell. That was why He sent Jesus Christ to come and die for the world so we can be saved. The caveat for salvation is believing in Jesus Christ. Believing that He is the way, the truth and the life. The benefit of accepting Him is that you will have eternal life. Yes, i know it sounds too simple to be true but it is.

I often hear people say what if this whole heaven idea ends up not being true? My reply is, i would rather prepare for heaven and end up seeing that it isn’t true in the end, than not preparing for heaven only to find out in the end that it is true. Nothing can be compared to the awful feeling of knowing that you were offered a better option but you chose to reject it. Hell is not even worth the gamble.

Accept Jesus Christ into your heart today. Tomorrow may be too late.

16 thoughts on “The Most Offensive Doctrine

  1. To Gain Christ & Be Found In Him

    While I too believe that there is a hell (as you’ve stated, the scriptures are clear on this), I do not believe the scriptures teach of an eternal hell. And perhaps the reason many like the guy you met turn from the faith is the devotion of Christianity to an eternal hell.

    But, in the all-embracing plan of God’s kingdom there is an order of redemption that culminates in God being all in all (1 Cor. 15:28). The scripture makes clear that every person, without exception, shall be made alive in Christ. Paul penned an undisputable truth when he wrote: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22). He goes on: “For as by one man’s disobedience MANY were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience MANY will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:19).

    Do these verse not contradict the notion of an eternal hell? Of course, but I have yet to find a valid rebuttal.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, reading and commenting on my blog. I don’t agree with your view on eternal hell because it isn’t biblical. I will be sharing bible scriptures to back this up in a bit but before I do that, I would like to address the scriptures you cited.

      1 Corinthians 15:22. I note you quoted from KJV version. However reading other translations gives a clearer understanding to this bible text. NLT says;
      “Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.”
      ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬

      With the above, you will notice that there is a condition attached to new life. It’s only for those who belong to Christ. Invariably there will be those who do not belong to Christ and this promise isn’t for them.

      1 Corinthians 15:28. I’m sorry but I think you are misinterpreting this bible verse. The verse says “Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.”
      ‭‭This verse isn’t in any way saying there is no eternal hell. It is saying that Christ has authority over everything and I believe this is why He alone has the authority to determine who goes to hell.

      I love you mentioned Romans 5:19 and I also love how you drew my attention MANY. The word many isn’t the same as all.

      The below are some bible verses to back this up.

      Matthew 25:46
      And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

      Matthew 25:41 
      “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

      Revelation 20:10 
      And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

      Jude 1.7
       In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

      Thank you😊

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      1. To Gain Christ & Be Found In Him

        Thanks for taking the time to reply.

        It’s natural for all of us to seek those things that affirm what we already believe to be true. But, how we need the love for the truth in this age even when it contradicts our preset dogmas.

        I believe you swept this profound truth under the rug by simply finding a contemporary Bible translation that confirms what you believe. I used the KJV not because it’s necessarily the most accurate (as we will see further), but because we can look to the original Greek to find out what each word means. Notice also that many other translations read just as the KJV (e.g. NIV, ESV, NASB, Berean, etc.). So, why did you cherrypick the NLT?

        I would encourage you to prayerfully and honestly consider this verse. Notice that Paul is speaking about ALL being redeemed in Christ because he goes on to state: “but each in his own order” and proceeds to list the groups that in their time and God’s ordained progressive arrangement will be made alive in Christ. By the way, I believe faith in Christ is absolutely necessary for salvation. So, I don’t belittle the point you raised. But, we’re here discussing the end and not the means.

        1 Cor. 15:28 –  concludes by saying that God will be “all in all”. This is the finale of the order I mentioned above. This is in context with the message that Paul is setting out to relay in this section of scripture. This verse is not about God’s authority or sovereignty. God’s sovereignty is not conditional on any event. But this verse is a glimpse into the end where God’s kingdom is established in the hearts of all people. Thus, Paul sates that God will be “all in all” – become “everything to everyone, supreme, the indwelling and controlling factor of life” (1 Cor. 15:28 Amp). It is in this spirit that Paul writes: “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Eph. 1:10).

        Rom. 5:19 – We need not miss the heart of Paul’s message here (I encourage you to read the section). He is contrasting the disobedience of Adam with the the obedience of Christ. Whose work is greater? You see, you are arguing in favour of Adam because you claim that those who died in Adam will not be redeemed by Christ’s free gift.

        That ‘many’ and not ‘all’ is used is irrelevant here. To say that the “many” made righteous are not all is also to say that the “many” that fell through Adam are not all people. Why do you attribute all to Adam but not to Christ even though many is used for both? In Adam, many fell and in Christ, many shall be made righteous. So how many is “many”? All. Why? Because the many that died in Adam are all. This is a simple logic of comparison.

        ‘Eternal’ – you’ve mentioned verses that refer to “eternal punishment”, “eternal fire” and “forever and ever”. This where many biblical translations (including KJV) fail to be consistent. In the original Greek, the word used there for ‘eternal’ and ‘ever’ is the word ‘AION’ or it’s adjective ‘aionios’ which is properly translated ‘period of time’ and ‘an age’ and ‘a cycle of time’. Even the word ‘forever’ in Rev. 20:10 reads: “for ever (aion) and ever (aion)” properly translated – for ages and ages (for if forever is eternity or timlessness, there cannot be added to it another eternity).

        The irony is that this word AION has been translated inconsistently throughout the Bible. It has been translated as worlds, ages, course, and eternal and everlasting.

        Some of the passages where AION is found will give us added information. In Eph. 2:7 we find, “in the ages (aions) to come.” In Col. 1:26 we find, “the mystery which has been hid from ages (aions).” In Eph. 2:2 we find “you walked, according to the course (aion) of this world.” In Heb. 1:2 we find, “by whom also He made the worlds (aions).” In Heb. 11:3 we find, “the worlds (aions) were formed by the Word of God.” In about fifteen instances, such as Mat. 12:32, 1 Cor. 1:20, etc., we find it rendered “this world (aion).” Twice we find “this present world (aion).” In Gal. 1:4 we find, “deliver us from this present evil world (aion).” In Eph. 6:12 we find, “the rulers of the darkness of this world (aion).” In 11 Cor. 4:4 we find, “the god of this world (aion).” In I Cor. 2:6 we find, “the wisdom of this world (aion).” How much more understandable it would be if the translators had used the word age instead of world!

        And now in considering the Scriptures where aion is mentioned we see that it is something which has a king; it has princes; it is in darkness; it had a beginning; it has an ending; it is evil; it has wisdom; it has children who marry; it has cares. 

        Suffice it to say that there have been “aions” in the past, there is this present “aion,” and there are “aions” to come. And these all combined make up TIME, encompassing the whole of the progressive plan and program of God for the development of His creation.

        Now, if AION means ETERNAL, consider how odd some of the scriptures would be! It would read “in the eternities to come;” “You walked according to the eternity of this world;” “by whom also He made the eternities;” “the rulers of the darkness of this eternity;” “now once in the end of the eternities has He appeared;” “the harvest is the end of the eternity;” “since eternity began;” “in the eternities to come,” etc. etc.  

        And so the scriptures you raised refer to aionian punishment and fire. Bible versions that are consistent in translating this word include the YLT and Weymouth New Testament:

        “And these shall go away into the Punishment of the Ages” (Mat. 24:46 YLT)

        “Then will He say to those at His left, ‘Begone from me, with the curse resting upon you, into the Fire of the Ages” (Mat. 24:41 Weymouth)

        “as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, in like manner to these, having given themselves to whoredom, and gone after other flesh, have been set before — an example, of fire age-during, justice suffering” (Jud. 1:7 YLT).

        May God establish this offensive truth in our hearts.

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  2. Melina

    Hell and Heaven is real, there are many scriptures in the bible to back it up.

    Revelation 20:10 

    And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

    Matthew 25:41 

    “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

    ROMANS:2.6-8

    He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

    Matthew 25:46

    And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    Mark 9:43 

    And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.Thank Efua 🙏

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  3. Hello Efua!

    If you will allow me a little comment …
    At some point that I begin to give some testimony, I speak what comes to mind, because the Comforter Spirit will teach what to speak,

    “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10 (KJV)

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    1. Thank you so much Carlos for this. We can get carried away with visions, prophecies and gifts and thereby making idols out of them. Just like the angel was saying to John in the bible text you cited, I pray that we all are able to keep Jesus as the focal point of all our experiences. Blessings to you!

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  4. The Eclectic Contrarian

    God has only reserved hell for the devil and his angels. He hasn’t sent a single soul to hell. We! Send ourselves there. We were given 1 thing of our very own in this life and that is a choice. A choice we make daily. We deny ourselves and take up our cross, or, we deny Him and take up our pride.

    “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Excellent post!!

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  5. It is a tough topic to cover 🙂 I’ve talked about Hell before and I may do another post. I saw the comment above trying to disprove, and I appreciate the calm discussion because I know how tense these things can be. God led me a lot through scripture so these are things I’m going to add in case anyone sees my comment. Scripture discusses also that if we are not for Christ we are against Him. That if we deny Christ, He will deny us in front of God. We can’t have a part with Him.

    Matthew 10:33 -But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

    2 Timothy 2:12 -If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, He will also disown us;

    (King James so we are clear) 1 Corinthians 6:09 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.”

    If Christ is in Heaven and that is where He reigns…if we are not with Him, if we do not accept His salvation, if we do not surrender the flesh and put on an armor of light for Him, we cannot have a part with Him. So…if we’re not in Heaven…we’re going to be in Hell. There is no inbetween.

    It’s a topic that needs to be thoroughly discussed, and I do think when debates with the Greek words are used it helps to help context of everything. I’ve seen sadly a lot of false doctrines use Greek meanings to preach things out of scripture that is simply not true. False teachers completely disregard what Christ directly taught and said, instead, using portions of word meaning to make a tangeled web of false doctrine. As someone I know said, “You take one part of what is being taught out, and everything falls apart.” The real truth does not fall apart. False teachings will.

    Thank you for sharing 🙂 ❤

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    1. I agree with everything you said. I actually did a teaching on hell recently and I was going to share it on here soon. I agree with how Greek words can be used by false doctrines. It’s sad how even many Christians don’t see it. Eternal hell is very clear in the bible and it is a part of the Christian doctrine.

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