Daily Devotional, Year 2 – January 4 (Eternal Torment? Part 4: Impossible Idea!) 

By admin On October 15th, 2014

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Daily Devotional – January 4

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Eternal Torment? Part 4: Impossible Idea!

To read Part 1, click here… “September 8th (Eternal Torment?)” 

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“Is not this the fast that I have chosen?

to loose the bands of wickedness,

to undo the heavy burdens,

and to let the oppressed go free,

and that ye break every yoke?”

Isaiah 58:6

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Does the church doctrine named, “Eternal Torment” make any sense in the light of this above passage?

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Listen again…“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6

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Quite the contrary! This above verse instead, tells us to let the oppressed go free!

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So then, why would God engage us for a lifetime of discipleship, trying to teach us not to oppress others, and then turn around and lock up 90%+ of the world’s inhabitants in a fiery netherworld torture chamber, to be tormented endlessly?

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Does that make any sense!?!

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James Tissot Jesus Commanding His Apostles – Brooklyn Museum – US public domain

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BIBLE EASILY MISINTERPRETED

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The problem is that God has written the Bible in such a way that it can easily be misunderstood!

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Listen… “As also in all his (Paul’s) epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” 2nd Peter 3:16

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Yes, as this above verse reveals, the Word of God can be very deceiving to those who have not received a new heart, nor are filled with God’s Spirit of truth! Yes, the unconverted can get ourselves into a lot of trouble with Bible interpreting!

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And such doctrines as “Eternal Torment” are the result of unsanctified minds becoming the teachers of supposed truth!

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La Bible, Notre-Dame – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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BREAKING EVERY YOKE!

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“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6

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This above passage from Isaiah reveals a God who hates to see humans oppressing one another! 

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But God also says here that He hates seeing humans being shouldered with heavy burdens! And He hates to see humans suffering under heavy yokes!

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And so, considering all the Bible passages which speak of Hell as the grave, why do so many insist that God has some netherworld torture chamber in which He will torment each and every unsaved human for all time and eternity?

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It just doesn’t make any sense!

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The Exhortation to the Disciples – 1886-94-by James Tissot wikipedia public domain.

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NOT PROPERLY BALANCING THE SCRIPTURES

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Oh yes, there is the parable of a rich man in flames of torment.

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And Revelation 14 speaks of the smoke of their torment rising up for ever and for ever.

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But those allegories must be tempered with so many other passages which say things like… “Why died I not from the womb?…For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest…” Job 3:11, 13

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Why in the world would God allow Job to say such a thing, if God eternally torments all the Lost Ones? God would be a deceiver to allow such a misleading statement to be uttered by Job! Again, it just doesn’t make sense! It’s an impossible idea!

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Listen again… “There (in Sheol, Hell, the grave) the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.” Job 3:17-19

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This passage doesn’t make a stitch of sense if their souls are instead being tormented for ever and ever and ever!

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Brooklyn Museum – The Bad Rich Man in Hell – James Tissot – wikipedia – Public Domain

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SOMETIMES AN ABSURD NOTION!

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The fact is, if 9o% or more of all humans who have ever lived, will be eternally tormented, then the Gospel would not really be very good news for the vast majority who have lived on the earth, now would it?

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If your unsaved loved ones will be suffering endlessly with no hope, then Heaven would not be a very nice place to live, would it?

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And in answer to this, most Bible teachers say that “all the former things will be forgotten”, meaning that we will simply forget about all our unsaved friends and loved ones!

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Yes, they tell us that we won’t even give a second thought about our loved ones, nor all those billions of Lost Ones who are being tortured through the ceaseless ages! They tell us that we will live in eternal bliss, while those we once loved will be forever suffering intensely, without one drop of hope for God’s mercy!

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And we won’t even care, because we will be selfishly ignoring their infinitely heavy burden!

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FORMER TRIALS & HEARTACHES FORGOTTEN

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But the fact is, when God says, “the former things will be forgotten”, He is merely saying that we won’t give a second thought to all the horrible things that we once experienced back here on earth.

Hell's Torment and Tormentor Wikipedia public domain (2)

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Because, compared to the wonderful things in Heaven, our light affliction back here on earth will seem like a very light thing!

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And so, when God says. “the former things are forgotten”, He is by no means telling us that He has our loved ones secretly locked up in a subterranean torture chamber, screaming for just one drop of mercy from a merciless God! That is the most insanely absurd idea ever conceived by those who want to make the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus the last word on the subject of Hell! 

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Now just think about this for a moment! The Bible spends so much time and effort to get us to love our family and friends. But then, all through eternity, we won’t even give a second thought to their horrific pain and suffering! Does that make sense?

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Eternal Torment is an impossible idea!

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Hell’s Torment and Tormentor Wikipedia public domain 

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ANCIENT CHURCH DOCTRINE

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Unfortunately this ancient church doctrine called “Eternal Torment” has somehow survived through the centuries, being based on a misunderstanding of proper Bible study.

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No friends, God does not have a cruel chamber of horrors in the lower regions of the earth. Nor is He the kind of Being who mercilessly torments all those who reject His love! 

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“O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.” 1st Chronicles 16:34 

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What we need to do, is to begin looking at the Bible with an open mind, and fresh eyes, just like those noble Bereans, who “received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11 

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US Navy – Chaplain Lt. Jason Gregory reads Bible on weather deck – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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TO READ PART 5, CLICK HERE… Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JANUARY 20 (Eternal Torment? Part 5: The Talk Show)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to rightly divide Thy Word. Help me to know Thee more and more, through a good knowledge of Thy Word…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Planet of Rest: Doctrine of Eternal Torment”, or you can also read… “September 8th (Eternal Torment?)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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EARTH: PLANET OF REST

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Counting the Sun as the 1st heavenly sphere, the Earth is the 4th heavenly sphere.

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If we extend our theory (and it’s just a theory) that God created our solar system to correspond to the commandments, the Sun corresponding to the 1st Commandment, then Planet Earth would correspond to the 4th Commandment: the Seventh-day Sabbath.

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And so, on the very planet that corresponds to the commandment that exalts the idea of “peace” and “rest”, there exists very little peace. And very little rest. Ironic, isn’t it? 

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And so the 4th member of our solar system, being Planet Earth, will be the host for this article.

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The Earth seen from Apollo 17 – NASA & Wikipedia – Public Domain

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Planet of Rest: Doctrine of Eternal Torment” 

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TOMORROW…

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