The Case Against Hell

Hell is just downright stupid. It doesn’t make sense to anyone who just thinks it through. Imagine an All-powerful, All-loving God Who knows the beginning from the end, who sets this world on a course in which the greatest part of the souls God created are going to be tortured forever in a literal lake of fire He created for that very purpose. This does NOT sound like a Loving God; it does NOT sound like a Just God, and it doesn’t sound like a God who knows what the heck He is doing.

Child-like innocence speaks against the teaching of Hell. Try to tell a child about a father who says He loves all His children, wants them with Him all the time, but if they don’t do certain things He is going to burn them in fire forever. Then ask them if the father is loving. “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:7) No child with a healthy mind could reconcile a father who says he is love with one who will endlessly torture the greatest part of his children. The Bible tells us that the kingdom of God is made of little ones who faith and trust have not been destroyed by the traditions of men and doctrines of demons. Believe the little ones; reject the religionists with their chains of bondage to darkness. Faith and trust are foundational principles of Christianity. The teaching of Hell destroys those foundations.

This story is told about a little girl. After she had heard her father preach a sermon on the awful wrath of God, and that the unsaved would go to a red hot, sizzling, burning hell the moment they died, and that they would twist in agony and torment forever, without mercy, this little girl said, “I wish Jesus were as good and kind as my father.” God does bring judgment upon sinners – swift, strong, effective, corrective judgment – but never meaningless, sadistic torture.

Hell makes God a failure. Jesus said, “You have heard it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:43-48) The teaching of Hell makes God worse than IRS agents (that’s pretty bad). To be perfect is to overcome your enemies with love. Hell makes God the worst failure in the universe and FAR from perfect according to His own standard of perfection. If God can fail so miserably by His OWN standards, it is impossible to put our trust in Him, the very thing He demands. The Hell doctrine violates God’s own commands; it must be false.

Hundreds of millions of Christians and tens of thousands of Christian ministers do not believe in Hell proving there is real debate whether it’s Biblical. Many Bibles do NOT contain the word Hell at all, proving that many scholars, church leaders, and lay people do not believe in Hell because its not Scriptural nor does it glorify God.

“God is love; and he that dwells in love, dwells in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16) “He that loves not, knows not God; for God is love.” (John 4:8) “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18) The preaching of Hell puts fear into people; therefore it is NOT from Him because He is perfect love and in love is NO FEAR.

The gospel of Christ is supposed to be “Good News” to all mankind. “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15) Considering the fact that salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and that most of mankind has never ever even heard of name; that most of those that did never got “born again,” and of those that did, if applying general church standards, most of those who did get born again backslid into Hell, surely less than one percent of mankind will make it to heaven. How can this be “Good News to ALL MANKIND? Often in disasters where many people are killed, those who survived experience great guilt. They feel they don’t deserve to be alive while the others were killed. In the light if this and the fact that God Himself commands us to love our brothers and sisters as ourselves, how can those in heaven, if they still have compassion feel joyful? They should really feel great guilt…IF Hell was real. The gospel of deliverance from Hell is NOT Good News to anyone except those who see almost the whole world as their enemies and want eternal vengeance upon them. According to the Bible, THAT kind of heart is NOT qualified for the kingdom of God. The teaching of Hell contradicts the very purpose of Jesus’ death…to draw all mankind unto Himself.

Consider this:

Have you ever been upset over the thought of someone you loved burning in a “hell” forever and ever?

That’s NOT good news is it? For at least two people, it’s not good news; to the one being endlessly tortured and to the person who loved that person being tortured forever and ever.

Fact: Christ died for the sins of the WHOLE world.

Now that’s GOOD NEWS. That’s good news for ALL MANKIND, excluding NO ONE. Not believing that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world doesn’t make Christ’s blood any less POWERFUL. (He offered himself to God, not mankind) Man has no ability to redeem himself in any way. There is only one Savior, and that is God. Whether everyone agrees with what Jesus and His Father did on behalf on mankind doesn’t change anything. All mankind was given to Jesus BY HIS FATHER. One can argue the point all they want. Jesus will see the travail of His soul and be satisfied. Jesus leaves the 99 to find the one lost and He is NOT satisfied until He finds the last one lost. He made that very plain throughout the Bible.

“He shall see the travail of His soul and be satisifed.” (Isaiah 53:13)

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?” (Luke 15:4)

“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands.” (John 3:35)

Man has NOTHING to do with mankind’s salvation. To even think he does shows the arrogance which fills the churches and its leaders. Salvation is of GOD.

“No man can come to Me, unless the Father draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44)

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw (Gr. helkuo–to draw as in dragging fish in a net, see John 21:6) all mankind unto Myself. This He said signifying what manner of death He should die. (John 12:32,33)

If one takes the teaching of Hell to the heart, it surely drives them mad. Hannah Whitall Smith, Christian best-seller author reveals in her autobiography “My Spiritual Autobiography: The Unselfishness of God and How I Discovered it,” what the weight of the teaching of Hell did to her soul in this small portion of the book and how God removed that awesome weight to prevent her from going insane:

“It was a never to be forgotten insight into the world’s anguish because of sin. How long it lasted I cannot remember, but, while it lasted, it almost crushed me. And as it always came afresh at the sight of a strange face, I found myself obliged to wear a thick veil whenever I went into the streets, in order that I might spare myself the awful realization.

One day I was riding on a tram-car along Market Street, Philadelphia, when I saw two men come in and seat themselves opposite to me. I saw them dimly through in veil, but congratulated myself that it was only dimly, as I was thus spared the wave of anguish that had so often swept over me at the full sight of a strange face. The conductor came for his fare, and I was obliged to raise my veil in order to count it out. As I raised it I got a sight of the faces of those two men, and with an overwhelming flood of anguish, I seemed to catch a fresh and clearer revelation of the depth of the misery that had been caused to human beings by sin. It was more than I could bear. I clenched my hands and cried out in my soul, “O, God, how canst thou bear it? Thou mightest have prevented it, but didst not. Thou mightest even now change it, but Thou dost not. I do not see how Thou canst go on living, and endure it.” I upbraided God. And I felt I was justified in doing so. Then suddenly God seemed to answer me. An inward voice said, in tones of infinite love and tenderness, “He shall see the travail of His soul and be satisfied.” “Satisfied!” I cried in my heart, “Christ is to be satisfied! He will be able to look at the world’s misery, and then at the travail through which He has passed because of it, and will be satisfied with the result; If I were Christ, nothing could satisfy me but that every human being should in the end be saved, and therefore I am sure that nothing less will satisfy Him.” And with this a veil seemed to be withdrawn from before the plans of the universe, and I saw that it was true, as the Bible says, that “as in Adam all die -even so in Christ should all be made alive.” As was the first, even so was the second. The “all” in one case could not in fairness mean less than the “all” in the other. I saw therefore that the remedy must necessarily be equal to the disease, the salvation must be as universal as the fall.”–endquote. (More of her story can be found at the Tentmaker Internet site at: http://www.tentmaker.org) Yes, the teaching of Hell has filled our mental hospitality and morgues far more than is told. Surely such “bad news” cannot be the gospel.

What human mother or father could hold one of their children over a barbecue spittle for any length of time before getting sick. The torture experts of war say that a human being is only capable of inflicting torture upon another human being for a few short hours. They have to take a break from it. Even the cruelest for men quickly weary of this task. To say that God is capable of torturing endlessly almost all of what He has created is to say that He is the most heartless creature in Creation. The Bible, correctly translated, speaks of His unending mercies and lovingkindness, passions diametrically opposed to the concept of endless tortures. The Scriptures command or promise “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deut. 6:5 and elsewhere) this commandment is utterly impossible to fulfill with the knowledge in one’s mind that most of one’s relatives and friends will be endlessly tortured by the power of the one who commands you to love Him with all your being. When considering how few will actually be saved, according to the traditional view, it is impossible to have 100 percent assurance of one’s own salvation. Therefore, it is impossible to come into His presences with full trust and assurance and thus impossible to truly worship Him with all our heart, soul and might.” The teaching of Hell makes it impossible for us to fulfill this commandment. Therefore, the teaching of Hell is false.It is taught that God is Holy and hates sinners. Sin cannot be in His presence. Yet the Scriptures declare, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8) “Greater hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ALL of us are sinners. “There is none righteous, no ,not one; there is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have ALL turned aside; They have ALL together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no not one. Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their way; And the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Rom. 3:9-18; Psa. 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecc. 7:20) This is the condition of all mankind and the Holy God of the Bible loves mankind in THIS WRETCHED condition enough to lay down His own life for it. The traditional church knows NOTHING about God’s Holiness! Again they have dissected God’s attributes and nature trying to whittle Him down to their size. One must NOT try to divorce God’s Holiness and Justice from His other attributes of Mercy and Love. To do so, violates His very nature. GOD IS LOVE, first and foremost; His other attributes stem from this nature. Jesus demonstrated the magnitude of this love by dying for a sin-ridden world…dying for and redeeming ALL of it through His Cross. God’s Holy Love draws sinners to itself and cleanses us from all our sins.

When Israel offered their first-born children to a God MLK (Molek, Molech, Moloch, Melek) by burning them alive in a fiery pit, Yahweh said to Jeremiah, the prophet, speaking of Israel, God’s chosen nation:

“And they have built the high places of Baal which are in the valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, NOR DID IT COME TO MY MIND that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.” (Jer. 32:35, NKJV)

How can God say something like this never entered His mind if He planned to endlessly burn most of His Children endlessly? Yahweh said their act was a sin. He was NOT pleased by their activity. Yet much of the church world says it pleases God to endlessly torture most of His own children. What an outrageous slander!

Those who teach a Hell of everlasting torment say this satisfies God’s justice. They isolate “justice” from the rest of God’s attributes. This is a false start which will surely lead to false conclusions.

According to all Christian Bibles, salvation is ONLY through the one name under heaven by which men might be saved (Acts 4:12), that name being Jesus, how can those born before Jesus’ birth get saved? Are there more ways of salvation than one? While some denominations have concocted different way, the Bible knows only of one–being born from above through faith in the name of Jesus Christ. The Bible ALSO says God is NOT a respecter of persons, He judges impartially. (Acts 10:34) Since those born before Jesus’ birth could NOT confess Jesus as Lord since they never heard of Him, there can be no hope of salvation for them if hope is cut off at death. If Jesus cannot reach them on the other side of the grave, they can never be saved, thus making God a respecter of persons. Furthermore, Europe has had a far greater chance of hearing the gospel than the rest of the world, most of which never heard the gospel since Jesus birth. Therefore, God is not only a respecter of persons, He also is prejudiced towards whites IF there is no hope of Jesus being able to preach to those lost who have not yet heard His name, the ONLY name by which mankind may be saved.

The teaching of Hell violates everything we see in the concept of a loving Father. The head of the household is seen as the protector of the family. He is their guardian and provider. If the traditional concept of Hell and God is true, God the Father is NOT the protector but the enemy of the family. The protector/provider image of God is shattered by the teaching of Hell.

The teaching of Hell has been touted as a needful necessity to maintain civil order in societies. As a matter of fact, that is the reason the ancient statesmen of said they invented Hell: ” Polybius, the ancient historian, says: “Since the multitude is ever
fickle, full of lawless desires, irrational passions and violence, there is
no other way to keep them in order but by the fear and terror of the
invisible world; on which account our ancestors seem to me to have acted
judiciously, when they contrived to bring into the popular belief these
notions of the gods, and of the infernal regions.” (Polybius, ancient historian, B. vi 56.; also see Tentmaker Publications article “The Ancient Inventors of hell and its Modern Perpetuators.”

It’s a know fact that societies which teach the most cruel fates awaiting wrong-doers in the after-life are among the most uncivilized nations on earth. The Roman Catholic Church invented some of the most fiendish concept of the fate of the sinner in the after-life during the Dark Ages. On this side of the grave, citizens were burned, drowned, tortured, abused in some of the cruelest ways and yet it did not deter crime. Pickpockets considered a public hanging which drew a large crowd a great opportunity to practice their trade. Jesus made it very plain in His teachings that evil does NOT overcome evil. Evil must ultimately be overcome with good. The teaching of Hell instead of being an instrument to prevent lawlessness actually promotes it.

“When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men.” (Eph. 4:8) “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” (1 Peter 3:18-20) Surely the early church taught that these Scriptures proved that Jesus went into Sheol/Hades (translated Hell in some translations) and set the captives free. This totally contradicts traditional teaching that once a person was in Hell, there is no escape. King David also contradicts the traditional view of hell when he writes in His Psalm “Thou I make my bed in Hell (Heb. Sheol) behold, thou art there.” (Psa. 139:8, KJV) Most modern translations no longer translate Sheol as “Hell” any longer. As scholarship improves, Hell disappears from the pages of the Bible. According to the King James Bible, King David, a murderer and adulter, would be delivered from Hell if he went there contradicting traditional views on the subject.

 

In civilized societies, the primary aim of a prison system is to bring correction to the incarcerated individual. We’ve moved from “penal” institutions to “correctional” institutions. A prison system which does not have at its core the purpose of restoring that individual to society healthy, is a prison system which will actually create worse criminals than when the criminal first when in. The concept of Hell makes the worst prison systems in this world seem like great institutions. Hell offers absolutely NO HOPE of corrections. Yet the Bible is FULL of references indicating that God is interested in restoration, reconciliation, redemption, healing the backslider. Jesus speaks of God’s forgiveness, love and mercy as God’s highest qualities, NOT judgment. As a matter of fact, the Bible says “Mercy shall triumph over judgment.” (James 2:13) The teaching of Hell contradicts hundreds of Scriptures which reveal God’s wrath WILL come to an end, mercy shall be extended to ALL and that God will ultimately be “all IN all.” (1 Cor. 15:28)
The Bible says the “wages of sin is death,” (Rom. 6:23) NOT everlasting life being endlessly tormented. If endless life in torments were the wages of sin, then Jesus would have to suffer endless torments for all those who He supposedly paid their sins for. Jesus rose on the third day. He DIED for the sin of the world (John 1:29). That was the price and He paid the price…FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. If Hell is real and the wages of sin is everlasting burnings, then Jesus is NOT the son of God because He did NOT pay the price. He is seated at the right hand of God the Father, NOT in Hell being endlessly tortured in a literal lake of fire. Therefore the teaching of everlasting burnings in a lake of fire called Hell is false.

The modern Hell teaching does not bring hope; it brings despair. Look at the thousands of different conditions the many denominations demand in order to enter the pearly gates. There is no end to the distorted twists of the Scriptures many preachers use to hold their sheep in line. I (Gary Amirault) heard a United Pentecostal preacher tell a brand new Christian recently miraculously delivered from alcoholism and hard drugs that he was going to hell if he didn’t shave off his mustache. This preacher used the King James Bible to try to prove to this man God does not like facial hair on men and would burn them in hell if they had facial hair after becoming a Christian. There are thousands of different denominations each having their own requirements. Often within the very same denomination, different preachers would set different requirements. How can a person possibly know which is the right one? Of course they ALL say they are the right one.

The teaching of Hell forces Christians to be “outward” or “surface” Christians and not genuine where it counts…in the heart. Charlie Slagle explains:

Let’s not forget that our Creator’s highest agenda is that we love Him with our total being. (Matt.22:37) Does meditating on the possibility that your loving Father may FOREVER abandon you or some of your loved ones inspire you toward fulfilling His highest agenda—to love Him with all of your being? Also, the Scriptures urge us to remember the “truth as it is in Jesus” while we keep “looking to Jesus.” (Eph.4: 21, Heb.12:2) Can you keep your eyes on Jesus and meditate on the so-called “truth” that (supposedly) is in Him that He may abandon you to endless, fiery agony—and yet—rejoice in this truth? Can you rejoice that He “loves” your family and friends, yet plans (in His foreknowledge) to annihilate some of them or to abandon them to endless pain?

I never could do that. When I believed in the gospel that declares that the “Savior of the world” plans to get rid of billions of people (perhaps my loved ones and myself included), I was full of despair, exhaustion, rage, lust— you name it. Oh yes, I could keep up the appearance of righteousness—for short seasons. However, I had no real obedience happening in my relationship with the Lord, because I couldn’t love or trust Him from my HEART. And why? I believed that God (“Unfailing Love”) demanded that I love Him with TOTAL commitment (all of my heart, soul. mind and strength) while His commitment to me and my eternal well-being was… CONDITIONAL.

Horrifying, isn’t it? I actually had been trained to believe that God requires that we love Him MORE (with greater commitment) than He loves us! Think about it. If that diabolical doctrine is not the worst kind of spiritual abuse (to say nothing of insanity!), what is it? How can we finite creatures give something to God that HE doesn’t possess? It is a self-evident fact that we cannot. We don’t even need a Scripture verse to document that truth any more than we need one to prove that water is wet. We love our Creator because He first loved (and loves) us. I’m astonished these days that I lived for 50 years before that simple reality came home to me. However, now that I understand that our Heavenly Father is committed to reconcile us all, I love him from my heart. So of course my ability to trust and obey Him also has increased—to an astonishing degree. My manic depression is gone. I have absolutely no desire for booze. My sexual obsessions and torment are gone.

Yet, in so many words, the question has been asked, “Isn’t it more prudent if we bear in mind that the doctrine of endless punishment may be true?”

I’ll be upfront. If I were to entertain even the smallest question of God’s commitment… if I were to believe that the slightest chance existed that My Good Father would abandon me (or anyone else) forever…I would cease to love Him. I would be back in the broken condition I came out of—full of fear, despair and rage. So then, what would be the point in “serving” God? Will He accept only the appearance of righteousness, while the heart is far removed from Him? Would it make Him happy if we TOLD Him we loved Him while our hearts harbored rage and resentment against Him for demanding more commitment from us than He offers? Would He gladly receive the mockery of our groveling and pitiful pretence of worshipping and praising Him for His merely giving us a “chance” (!) to “make it to heaven”?

That is what the gospel of eternal torment (or annihilation) demands of people when seriously believed. It demands outward conformity to an appearance of virtue—an APPEARANCE of worship—while leaving the heart in a mega mess.

That is, it does when it is SERIOUSLY believed and CONSTANTLY born in mind.–endquote.

Jesus accused the Pharisees who cleaned the outside of the cup, but were full of extortion and excess; who were like whited sepulchres full of dead men’s bones. Matt. 23:25-27 It is impossible to hold the belief of a God who commands one to love Him FROM THE HEART who will endlessly torture most of mankind, some of whom will be very dear to you…perhaps…yourself.

If we obey Christ’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves, and if love is a condition of supreme happiness, then it is logically impossible for God to bring blessedness and supreme happiness to one person without also bringing it to all.

Here is why. If I truly love my daughter even as I love myself, then her interests and my own are so tightly interwoven as to be logically inseparable: any good that befalls her is then a good that befalls me, and any evil that befalls her is likewise an evil that befalls me. I could never be happy, for example, knowing that my daughter is suffering or in a miserable condition–unless, of course, I could somehow believe that all will be well for her in the end. But if I cannot believe this, if I were to believe instead that she had been lost to me forever–even if I were to believe that, *by her own will*, she had made herself intolerably evil–my own happiness could never be complete. For I would always know what *could* have been, and I would always experience this as a terrible tragedy and an unacceptable loss, one for which no compensation is even conceivable. Is it any wonder, then, that Paul could say concerning his unbelieving brothers and sisters whom he loved so much: “For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people” (Romans 9:3)? From the perspective of his love, Paul’s own damnation would be no worse an evil, and no greater threat to his own happiness, than the eternal damnation of his loved ones would be.

God could make us “happy” while our loved ones suffered in hell only in two possible ways: either by concealing from us the magnitude of the tragedy (blissful ignorance), or by giving us a callous and stony heart. Both of these possibilities, however, are incompatible with true blessedness. So in the end, it is logically impossible for God to bring blessedness to one person without also bringing it to all. Tom Talbott

“Christ in HELL?”

The notion of an everlasting place of punishment is foolishness because it would mean that God is punishing Himself forever. Let me explain.

Think about it–We ALL have one true Father, God (Mal 2:10, Matt. 23:9). We were ALL were created in His image and likeness (Gen 1:26). ALL die and ALL will be judged (2 Tim. 4:1).

Those who were taken from Death and Hell (Hades) are judged (Rev. 20:13). By what power are they made conscious of their judgment? By Who’s power do they stand and have their being? There is only one Life- Christ (Jn. 11:25). Everything that is seen or unseen came from Christ and returns to Christ (Col. 1:15, 20).

So these who are said to be suffering forever must be sustained by Christ (Acts 17:28). They are no longer in DEATH or HADES which have been destroyed by the Second Death. They left the place of the dead and stood before God to be judged only by the power of Jesus Christ who has the keys to Death and Hades (Rev 1:18). The captives have been raised from their graves and set free by Christ!

If God, the Father is placing these who Christ brought from Death and Hades, then He is equally placing Jesus Christ in this “everlasting hell” just the same. They are His! He has freed them and is in them! He “lights every man.” (John 1:9)

What humane or Godly purpose could there be to bringing a person out of death and make them alive only to torture them endlessly? Even with the most severe penalty modern civilizations use, we try to make the process as short and painless as possible. Most citizens our outraged if the authorities use methods which are unusually cruel. Most modern societies have outlawed torture. Yet the traditional church says Jesus takes the power of His resurrection life, raises them from unconsciousness only for the purpose of giving them a body whose soul purpose is to receive endless suffering in the lake of fire, an instrument created by God for that very purpose. How cruel–how sadistic–how unlike the Jesus on the cross who, when being tortured Himself on the cross did NOT ask for retribution from His Father, but instead said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.

Compare the hope-filled words of the Jesus, the Savior of the world with the words of church leaders who preach a god of everlasting torture. The contrast speaks against the teaching of Hell:

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all mankind unto Myself.” John 12:31

“As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:15

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying. And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. (Matt. 18:12, 13)

Contrast the above words of Jesus, the Savior of the whole world with the words of these Church leaders who taught Hell:

Tertullian: Ancient Church Father (One of the few early church fathers with such a foul vindictive spirit.)

“At that greatest of all spectacles, that last and eternal judgment how shall I admire, how laugh, how rejoice, how exult, when I behold so many proud monarchs groaning in the lowest abyss of darkness…”

John Calvin: Founder of the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches (Who had some of his theological enemies burned to death in green slow-burning wood.)

Calvin describes hell as:

“Forever harrassed with a dreadful tempest, they shall feel themselves torn asunder by an angry God, and transfixed and penetrated by mortal stings, terrified by the thunderbolts of God, and broken by the weight of his hand, so that to sink into any gulf would be more tolerable than to stand for a moment in these terrors.”

Jonathan Edwards: Calvinist preacher who was famous of his participation in the “Great Awakening” of the nineteenth century and his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”

“Reprobate infants are vipers of vengeance, which Jehovah will hold over hell, in the tongs of his wrath, till they turn and spit venom in his face!”

“The view of the misery of the damned will double the ardour of the love and gratitude of the saints of heaven.”

Thomas Aquinas: Thirteen century Catholic Theologian

“That the saints may enjoy their beatitude more thoroughly, and give more abundant thanks for it to God, a perfect sight of the punishment of the damned is granted them.”

Jeremy Taylor: Anglican Bishop of the seventeenth century

“Husbands shall see their wives, parents shall see their children tormented before their eyes…the bodies of the damned shall be crowded together in hell like grapes in a wine-press, which press on another till they burst…”

The Reverend C. H. Spurgeon: Famous 19th century Baptist preacher:

“When thou diest, thy soul will be tormented alone; that will be a hell for it, but at the day of judgment they body will join they soul, and then thou wilt have twin hells, thy soul sweating drops of blood, and thy body suffused with agony. In fire exactly like that which we have on earth thy body will lie, asbestos-like, forever unconsumed, all they veins roads for the feet of pain to travel on, every nerve a string on which the devil shall forever play his diabolical tune of ‘Hell’s Unutterable Lament.'”

(From his “Sermon on the Resurrection of the Dead.” Quoted from Christ Triumphant by Thomas Allin)

Reverend J. Furniss, C.S.S.R, Catholic author of book for children entitled: The Sight of Hell

“Little child, if you go to hell there will be a devil at your side to strike you. He will go on striking you every minute for ever and ever without stopping. The first stroke will make your body as bad as the body of Job, covered, from head to foot, with sores and ulcers. The second stroke will make your body twice as bad as the body of job. The third stroke will make your body three times as bad as the body of Job. The fourth stroke will make your body four times as bad as the body of Job. How, then, will your body be after the devil has been striking it every moment for a hundred million of years without stopping? Perhaps at this moment, seven o’clock in he evening, a child is just going into hell. To-morrow evening, at seven o’clock, go and knock at the gates of hell and ask what the child is doing. The devils will go and look. They will come back again and say, the child is burning. Go in week and ask what the child is doing; you will get the same answer, it is burning; Go in a year and asks the same answer comes–it is burning. Go in a million of years and ask the same question, the answer is just the same–it is burning. So, if you go for ever and ever, you will always get the same answer–it is burning in the fire.)

(Quoted from Christ Triumphant by Thomas Allin)

Do these men not sound like the Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes and lawyers who were Jesus’ enemies in the Bible? Yes they DO. That’s because the very same spirit that operated in Jesus’ enemies in the Bible operate in those who malign God’s character. Avoid these men and women. They will poison your soul and rob you of the ability to trust God.

Great minds who have coursed the history of mankind have seen the ravages which revenge, vengeance, and the desire to get even with those we perceive have wronged us. One occasionally hears this expression “sweet revenge,” but in fact there is nothing whatever of “sweetness” about revenge. An ancient Jewish Proverb says, “The smallest revenge will poison the soul.” The Roman lawyer and satirist Decimus Juvenal (circa 60 – 140 AD) said, “Revenge is the abject pleasure of an abject mind.” Much of the Church says that all who reject Jesus will go to Hell. Some say people “deserve” to go to Hell because they rejected Him. Sounds like a sour grapes story. I’m rejecting you because you rejected me.

In Luke 9:51-56, we find a people called Samaritans who were told about Jesus by the disciples. The Samaritans rejected the message of the apostles and Jesus Himself. For this offense, the apostles, John and James, asked Jesus, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them as Elijah did?” If Jesus was how what much of the church-world has painted Him, it would be reasonable to assume He would agree with them. After all, they heard the gospel and rejected the “Good News” spoken directly by Jesus and His apostles. Surely this is worthy of being forever burned in a sizzling lake of fire. But Jesus’ reply is SOOO different from what much of the modern church would say. Jesus did not condemn the Samaritans for rejecting Him–He rebuked His very own apostles for their wrong attitudes. Jesus said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” When it comes to the Hell-fire teaching, it will be those who PREACH it who will receive Jesus’ wrath, NOT those who reject disciples of Jesus who do not realize they are speaking on behalf of Satan, not Jesus. They don’t even realize “what manner of spirit they are of. The kind of fire Jesus wants in people’s lives is VERY different from the kind of fire many Christians want for those they perceive as enemies. If you are a Christian, the next time you condemn someone to hell, remember what manner of spirit you are speaking from, certainly not God’s spirit.

The Hell teaching contradicts common sense in many different ways. For example, the Bible tells Christians to “pray for all mankind.” “Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for ALL MEN (mankind)…” (1 Tim. 2:1) The Bible further states that if we pray according to the will of God, we will receive what we ask for. “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matt. 21:22) “God will have all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:4, KJV) It is in the will of God that all mankind be saved; God commands us to pray that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matt. 6:10) Therefore, if Christians pray in accordance to God’s will, they will receive the answer to their prayers…the salvation of all mankind. Hell contradicts God’s commandments regarding what to pray for.

Hell makes God look like a fool. Jesus gave two parables about thinking through one’s plans: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it–lest after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able to with then thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?” (Luke 14:28-31) Most Christians (except for a handful of Calvinists) believe Jesus died for the sins of all mankind; He went to war with Satan, the god of this world. According to modern Church theology, Jesus took a bad whipping. He is the laughing stock of the universe just barely being able to make a dent in Satan’s vast kingdom. Jesus may have won a small battle, but He certainly did NOT win the war based upon who will be in heaven and who will be in Hell according to the traditional view. Jesus is a defeated General AND a poor planner deserving to be mocked by the whole universe according to church tradition. The Bible says God is all-powerful. The doctrine of Hell makes mockery out of God’s power.

The teaching of Hell violates the simplicity of the Gospel:

If God is loving, merciful, wise, always gives “righteous” judgment and is all powerful and has a desire or will to save all mankind (1 Tim 2:3,4) which will come closer to the above attributes?:

A Savior of all mankind or an eternal torturer of most?

Children, saints, truthseekers, sinners, universalists and even atheists always get the right answer.

Pharisees, hypocrites, control freaks, hatemongers, and other sundry snakes always get the wrong answer.

Some more common sense, a God-given quality: Why would God, who knows the beginning from the end, who is all-wise set in motion a plan in which He knew in advance that He was going to have to inflict endless tortures on most of those He created “for His good pleasure?” Does God get pleasure out of seeing humanity, who He made in His own image be endlessly tortured in a fire which He created Himself? If YOU were all-powerful and all-wise, don’t you think you could have come up with a better plan than this. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see something smells foul in Denmark.

Will you judge your mother to hell? 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 says, “Do ye not know that the saints *shall judge the world* ? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?”

“Now that puts a different spin on things doesn’t it? If anyone is going to hell for eternity, we will be the ones sending them there. And before you answer, I will just leave you with one little thought. You had better judge them according to the same standards God used to judge you. Think about it and pray. God Bless.” (Mark Foster)

Even gentle-spirited men and women who embrace the teaching of Hell cannot bare to stand living under the teaching of Hell. It destroys the soul and contradicts Jesus’ saying “My burden is light and my yoke is easy.” Albert Barnes, famous theologian writes:

“That any should suffer forever, lingering on in hopeless despair, and rolling amidst infinite torments without the possibility of alleviation and without end; that since God can save men and will save a part, he has not proposed to save all, these are real, not imaginary, difficulties. . . . My whole soul pants for light and relief on these questions. But I get neither; and in the distress and anguish of my own spirit, I confess that I see no light whatever. I see not one ray to disclose to me why sin came into the world; why the earth is strewn with the dying and the dead; and why man must suffer to all eternity. I have never seen a particle of light thrown on these subjects, that has given a moment’s ease to my tortured mind. . . . I confess, when I look on a world of sinners and sufferers upon death-beds and graveyards upon the world of woe filled with hosts to suffer for ever: when I see my friends, my
family, my people, my fellow citizens when I look upon a whole race, all involved in this sin and danger and when I see the great mass of them wholly unconcerned, and when I feel that God only can save them, and yet he does not do so, I am struck dumb. It is all dark, dark, dark to my soul, and I cannot disguise it.” Dark to my soul – Albert Barnes, author of the famous “Barnes Notes.”

“We rely on the living God, Who is the Saviour of all mankind, especially of believers.” (1Tim.4:10)Think about it, how can we rely on God if He loses most of mankind? (Tony Nungessor)

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thess. 5:18 Is it truly possible to give thanks that the greatest part of humanity, most of our friends and relatives will be eternally tortured with no hope of relief…ever? I surely cannot. Therefore the teaching of Hell must be false because it is impossible to give thanks for such a wretched place.

If the torture of Hell is to be IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND HIS SAINTS, could you really give honor, and glory to God while watching perhaps your mother, of husband or wife or children being reawakened from death to be eternally burned alive right in your presence? Rev. 14:10

(The Greek word “torment” in these Scriptures has been horribly MIStranslated. The Greek word “basanos” actually means “touchstone,” a stone used to TEST the quality of gold. The Lake of Fire is a symbol, NOT reality, expressing testing for divine truth. See articles on this site for studies on torment, lake of fire, brimstone, second death, etc.)

Those of you who are mothers–which of you would take the majority of your children and burn them endlessly for committing a wrong-doing? Hell speaks against the very institution of motherhood. No mother would endlessly burn ONE of her children, let along the vast majority of them. Hell, then, speaks against one of the most foundational institutions known to man–motherhood, which God initiated.

Most Christians believe that a Christian can lose their salvation. After all, they reason, if the received eternal life as a gift, it is possible to give it back again. Almost ALL denominations of Christianity believe this except ultra-Calvinists which represent a very small segment of Christianity. Isn’t it strange that Christians believe that “eternal life” may not really be eternal yet, believe that “eternal punishment” must ALWAYS be eternal? They are inconsistent with their use of the word “eternal.” (See the many books and articles on the Greek word “aion” from Tentmaker Publications and our Internet site http://www.tentmaker.org.)

The Jews, guardians of the Old Testament, which is three-quarters of the Bible stand against this teaching. Hell is NOT found in their Bibles nor do modern Jews believe in a Hell of everlasting punishment.

Many Hell-believing Christians do not believe children who have not accepted Jesus will go to heaven. They have created a non-biblical doctrine called the “age of accountability” to make their god appear a little more friendly. After all, child molesters and abusers are considered the lowest of creatures. Most Christians cannot stomach a God who would tortured innocent little children because they were not “born again.” So theologians of the Hell persuasion have invented the non-biblical “age of accountability.” However, this new doctrine presents a serious problem. Since most of those who pass the “age of accountability” are most likely to end in Hell based upon the fact that only a small percentage of the world’s population which gets “born again” and doesn’t backslide, then it would be to the advantage of the children if someone killed them before they reached that age. As a matter of fact, there are cases in which mothers HAVE killed their own children before that age because of this very doctrine. In this mother’s mind, she would rather spend the rest of her life in prison having the assurance that her children are at least eternally secure. If this teaching is true, then abortionists are the world’s greatest evangelists. They should not be condemned; they should be highly honored among Christians! Of course this is all ridiculous–as ridiculous as the teaching of a loving God burning most of His children alive.

The teaching of Hell forces more gentle-hearted Christians to come up with other ways of salvation thus nullifying Jesus’ words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 They reason that since the Gospel obviously did not reach all men during this lifetime, that God holds people accountable for what they know. However, there is not a trace of Scripture which allows for that. There are too many Scriptures which contradict such a notion. (Rom. 10:9; John 14:10; Acts 4:12, etc.) Again the teaching of Hell forces Christians to rewrite the Gospel to make it more humane.

Jesus came to put away sin. “Behold, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29; Heb. 9:26) If Satan, the (supposed) fallen angels, and all people who did not make it into heaven are without mercy and remain in their rebellion and sins, then the John and the writers of Hebrews are liars. By throwing them into Hell without cleansing of their sins, most of the world’s sins remain perpetually. Jesus did NOT take a way the sins of the world, if Hell is real.

Jeremiah the Jewish prophet says: “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.” (Jer. 2:19) Hell is not needed. God has created a system which will ultimately turn us back on the right path through tasting of bitter thing we find desirable.

If Hell as we have been commonly taught is true, then it is no different from any of the ancient pagan religions which are based upon religious works and fear of death. Pure Christianity brightly shines against the other religions of the world when presented as Jesus presented it 2000 years ago. A religion which promises that 99 percent + of the world’s population is going to be endlessly tortured by the Christian God does not make it a very bright light in a dark world; it makes it even darker.

If Hell is real then God is defeated and can’t be trusted to save us from anything. God commands us to overcome the worst of our enemies with love, NOT with vengeance or evil in return for evil. But the doctrine of Hell teaches that God will NOT overcome His enemies with love. When all is through, according to the church, most of the world will be overcome by capturing them and throwing them into the vengeful wrath of God. Evil is NOT overcome at all by love. Therefore the Bible and its God is false…if Hell is real.

Love is patient, is not provoked, thinks no evil, endures all things and NEVER FAILS. (1 Cor. 13:1-13) If there is a Hell, surely there is no love of God such as described in the Bible.

The Bible says to “honor your mother and father.” It does not say to cease honoring them on the other side of the grave. Is it possible to honor your parents if they have been consigned to Hell by a God who dishonored them by sending them to an eternal eternal place of torment. That would be MUCH worse than Auschwitz and all the Nazi camps combined?

The teaching of Hell causes us to give up hope of ever being Christ-like. After all, if He can’t overcome His enemies with love, how can we possibly expect to do it. We may as well give up. It’s hopeless. And the church is full of much more hopelessness than it cares to acknowledge.

The Bible commands us to think on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phil. 4:8 If Hell was really true and one really looked at the world around them and gripped with their heart the stark reality of the fact that in a flash of time almost all of the people around them would yell out shrill screams which will echo again and again and again throughout all the ages–it would be impossible to think on any just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous, praise-worthy thing. If one really grasped (as some have) the reality of the Hell preaching, one would go raving mad. The insane asylums are full of such people today.

Most civilized nations consider torture as barbaric and have therefore outlawed it as being uncivilized. The teaching of Hell makes God appear to be more of a barbarian than any leaders of uncivilized nations on this earth past or present!

Hell makes godless religions like atheism, secular humanism, pantheism, etc. appear more appealing and merciful than Christianity as commonly taught.

Comparing the general nature of those who believe in the salvation of all mankind through Jesus Christ with those who are the most ardent believers in Hell (with regards to which group manifests the nature and character of God the most) makes it quite plain which group is of what spirit. The more fervently and passionately one embraced the doctrine of Hell, the less they are able to express love for their fellow man. The love for God becomes mere words. The heart is not in it. (Gratitude may be there, but not love.)

The doctrine of Hell puts God in the untenable position of demanding of human beings something which many Scriptures say is impossible for man to do, that is, to “chose” God. “You did not chose Me, but I appointed you. (John 15:16) “No one can come to the Father unless the Father draws him.” (John 6:44) “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Rom. 8:28-30) “Looking unto Jesus the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (:note “our” in Heb. 12:2 is in parenthesis which means it was not in the original.) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Gal. 2:20, 21) There are MANY more scriptures like this. So if people cannot come to God and be saved unless God does it, how can He find fault with those who can’t come because He hasn’t drawn them? “For God shuts up ALL to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.” (Rom. 11:32) It is GOD who hardens and GOD who has mercy. ALL will experience BOTH hardening and repentance.

The Hell doctrine brings confusion to hundreds of Scriptures which no longer make sense when read through the dark glasses of this wretched doctrine. For example, when Cain killed Abel, Cain said, “Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.” (Gen 4:14) If God was revengeful and wanted justice on the spot, He could have allowed someone to kill him (Mosaic Law: eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, life for a life), but instead God put a mark on Cain to PROTECT him! “And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.” (Gen. 4:15) Why would God protect a murderer? Obviously, God’s “vengeance” is much different from man’s vengeance. When Jesus comes to earth, we discover that God’s vengeance is mercy and forgiveness through the death of His Son.