True Bible Teaching About Hell Fire
Many believe that there is a supernatural Devil monster which is an angel that fell from God’s grace. He lives in Hell, but can move about on the Earth and leads a host of demons who induce sin among people, while causing havoc and rebellion in the world. They believe Satan’s rebellion occurred before Adam and Eve existed and the Devil has rebelled ever since, leading people astray and challenging God at every opportunity. Could this be true? Is this what the Bible teaches us to believe? Or is there a different Bible truth?
“”There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.””82 This is quoted to prove the eternal torment of the wicked. It surely requires no argument to show that it fails entirely in this purpose. The statement is true, irrespective of any theory that may be held as to the destiny of the wicked. While the wicked are in existence there is no peace for them. It is impossible there could be peace for them, especially looking forward to the time when they shall be the objects of vengeance. But this does not prove (as it is quoted to prove) that they are immortal. Such an idea is utterly precluded by the scriptures quoted.
The appearance of Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration83 can be viewed in a number of ways. Clearly, if they were really present, and not seen in the sense of “a vision”84, then they clearly were not disembodied spirits. If they were present in the sense of “a vision” then there is no problem in recognising the event in that light. The whole event was doubtless a pictorial illustration of the kingdom, in so far as it represented Jesus in power and glory, exalted over the law (represented by Moses) and the prophets (represented by Elijah), and, therefore, elevated to the position to which the prophets point forward, when, as the head of the nation of Israel, he is King over the whole earth.
“God is not the God of the dead, but of the living”85 This passage is a quotation from the Old Testament86 and occurs at the time when Moses stands before the burning bush. God reveals himself as the God of the Fathers of the Jewish nation. They were not “dead” in the sense that they had no future hope of resurrection as we read in Hebrews87but were sleeping in the dust of the earth until the day of resurrection. With God, the faithful dead are regarded as living while those who are unfaithful are counted dead (even though they are alive) as their unfaithfulness guarantees them death and exclusion from the kingdom of God. If, indeed, they were already physically ‘alive’, why do they need to wait, as Hebrews says, for the time to come when together with us they will be made perfect?
“In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality”88 This passage does not suggest that immortality is a condition that people have within themselves but that the righteous will be granted immortality at the time of resurrection.
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.”89 Those who take this phrase as an indication of a soul that is indestructible or immortal must recognise that it is not suggested that the soul cannot be killed. In fact, the verse concludes with the statement: “Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell (Gehenna90).”..
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