|"eternal damnation - there is nothing Scriptural about it!"
Eternal damnation is such a vital part of Christian doctrine. In fact you can only find the term "eternal damnation" ONE TIME in the Scriptures...only once! If you think about it, everything spoken in churches will led to this single point of belief. Without this doctrine most of the church's beliefs will crumble quickly. Really you may ask. Well ponder it for a moment to consider these Church points:
- Everlasting life co-exists with everlasting damnation. Without a place for non-believers then the saved will no longer feel special.
- Eternal damnation is needed to punish the wicked sinners who failed to do what is needed to be saved.
- Eternal damnation is all about God's wrath, His lack of mercy and His inability to forgive the sinners He created in sin and sentenced to death.
- Eternal damnation is a sentenced rendered by Jesus since all judgment is given unto him.
If any of these four elements of damnation are incorrect then let the doctrine begin to crumble. Let's work backward for a moment:
Jesus was given all judgment by God promises that he would not judge or condemn anyone but he came to save the whole world from sin and death.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.
1 Timothy 4:10
To this end we labor and strive, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.
So the question is simple - did Jesus fail to save everyone and did he also lie when he said he would not judge the world?
The second item of eternal damnation concerns the nature of God. This doctrine promotes God is hateful, vindictive, unforgiving, without mercy and worst of all He is supposedly all these things when EVERY SIN, EVERY DEBT OF SIN were all paid in full. So all of His damnation is given to those whose sins were covered and paid in full. That hardly makes any sense. God is perfect mercy but He can't even have mercy on people that don't know their left hand from their right even when all their sins have been forgiven? So God is perfect forgiveness but He withholds forgiveness after He forgives them of their sins. The doctrine of eternal damnation is a pagan belief that not only distorts the nature of God but destroys your witness.
The third item states to punish the wicked. Ok give a moment to that thought. The worst of the worst sinner lives and dies "unsaved" as you say. So his lifetime of sinning are punishable by eternal damnation? That is far worst than saying someone "stole" a drink of water from outside facet and you condemn them to life in prison. Stop and think about the term "eternal damnation" for a moment. First consider the word "eternal" in that it is time irrelevant. It goes both ways forever before and after so in that it makes ZERO sense to use it when something has a beginning. In other words it is an illogical mistranslation if you would just use your brain for a moment. So you believe sinners will be eternally damned even though God said He would make an end of sin and FINISH THE TRANSGRESSION? Your beliefs absolutely testify against you and the unscriptural position you have embraced.
The fourth item states damnation and eternal life exists as two destinations of people. One is forever unreconciled to God and the other lives in harmony forever. It may have the sound of logic except for the Scriptures. Jesus Christ guarantees all things will be reconciled unto himself. So what is left over unreconciled? If anything or anyone is unreconciled then that specific Scripture is false thus nullifying the validity of all the Scriptures. Think with me just for a moment - as many of you believe in eternal damnation then how do you explain "all things will become new and the old will all pass away?" If those "sinners" remain eternally damned then all things becoming new and perfect as God says is wrong. So are you wrong or is God? You should be able to see there is no logic or Scripture that backs up damnation.
Now let us look closely at the one and only verse that has the phrase "eternal damnation" in it.
Mar 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
Mar 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
For discussion sake I will leave the guarantee of Jesus that all sins will be forgiven since many of you don't believe the things Jesus says! So before we translate the verse remember EVERY person will have their sins forgiven not some, not most or even all but one. Jesus said all sins.
Look at the verse 29 and how it was improperly translated. The first main word directs attention to the subject of the verse. It is in the word translated "he" so one would think there is a person involved. Jesus used two Greek words that day which were translated into the word "he" - first Greek word is a pronoun meaning "that or which" so its use would not be directed at a person. The reason is verse 28 clearly denoted all people are to have all sins forgiven including blaspheme. So the type of blasphemy spoken of in verse 29 would be impossible for a person to commit. If they could verse 28 is wrong.
Verse 29 really said:
moreover whatever to vilify to the Holy Breath to hold no pardon in this age but is subject to perpetual justice.
Did you happen to notice that Jesus words were very specific to "THIS AGE" and not eternity? So what then if not a person/human whose sins are forgiven would be subject to vilifying the Holy Breath of God? Think, think think! It is our sinful bodies! We die because of ours sins and our bodies return to the ground as dust. This curse is specific to this age of creation and will one day end when creation ceases to exist. Our sinful dead bodies are burned up with all of creation but before it happens we are raised in newness of life. Every Tom, Dick and Harry, every Jane, Mary and Joann are all changed from mortal, sinful and dead into perfection, immortality and incorruption. This is what Jesus said and surely has ZERO to do with the silly unbiblical notion of eternal damnation.
So now it is your turn. Either destroy the words I wrote or you need to destroy your beliefs and correct them to God's Word. Either I am wrong or you are we cannot both be right.
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