The fact that Jesus suffered so much just goes to show what is at stake.
The big torment in Hell is the separation from God. Hell is the absence of God. God is Truth, Goodness, Beauty and Love itself. In this world we see how there us plenty of deception, evil, chaos and hate. Those who die in that state, merely seal their soul in the state they chose to live their brief earthly life.
On earth we live in time, but once our soul sept]rates from the body we enter eternity where there simply is no more time to repent. So don’t be fooled. The devil is tricky…
Is it horrible for a person with a genetic predisposition towards alcoholism to abstain from drink?
Is it horrible for a person with a light complexion to apply sunscreen before going outdoors?
Is it horrible for someone with a nut allergy to abstain from anything that has nuts in it?
Living in awareness of a given danger isn’t horrible, it’s the only rational way to live.
We may be damned, every last one of us may be lost to the eternal fire. That is reality, and pretending otherwise to sooth the burden of having to live a certain way isn’t going to do anything but make that thing you’re trying to avoid thinking about happen.
It would be nice to have a bit more reassurance from God with regards to our lives. I like that scene from the film Babe where the farmer pats Babe on the head and says “that ll do pig that ill do” we don’t hear what God thinks of our lives at this moment, it would be nice if we did.
The problem is that you are not thinking very deep. God hates sin, because sin is the misuse of the intellect and the will. Your mind is made for truth, and your will is made for goodness and love; thus sin offends God the same way that a lie offends the truth.
Atheism is not a rational conclusion, but rather, a psychological and emotional condition. There’s nothing bright about thinking that the cosmos bubbled up accidentally out of nothing, and that you have no more worth than a cockroach.
God loves you, unconditionally and individually. It doesn’t matter how egregious a sinner you are, or how awful those sins are, God loves you with a deeper, more self-giving love than everyone in your life combined.
If you need to know what He thinks of you at any given moment, look at a crucifix. He did that for you. Not for nebulous humanity, but for you, specifically you.
Never doubt that. Never doubt that He will always welcome you back with open arms if you repent.
Remember what Jesus says, "I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance. " (Luke 15:7)
However, paired with this knowledge, we must also recognize that we are capable of cutting ourselves off form God by our actions. No matter how much God may love us, He will not force his mercy on us.
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Psychology has no explanation for these claims, especially not those which are attested to by large groups of people. Seriously, pick up the book and read it. It’ll take an average speed reader three or four hours to get through if you really dig into it.
That’s funny, because it worked for me, and it’s worked for countless people throughout history. Fear isn’t where you want to stay, I agree, but it can be the catalyst for change, and in fact has been the catalyst for pretty much every positive change in human history…
This is my last post for the day, I need to focus on my work.
Not when there is a choice for eternal life and happiness. If you choose to drink poison and drill a hole in your head when everyone is telling you, begging you, warning you not to do it, then the sole person responsible for having a hole in your head is you. eternal torment is fitting for those who choose it after they were warned against it.
If you can resolve it logically that you and any other human deserves eternal punishment for small mistakes, then the Kool-aid of fear has certainly transformed your brain in a way that would make Jim Jones blush!