Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 27 (Eternal Torment? Part 14: An Eternal Torment Story)

By admin On October 18th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 27

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Eternal Torment? Part 14: “An Eternal Torment Story”

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

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“Yet [God] sets the poor on high from affliction, and makes him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.” Psalm 107:41-43

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Jesus The Good Shepherd – Bernhard Plockhorst – 1825-1907 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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This is a true story, though the details not here given.

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There was a soldier coming home from the Southeast Asian War. He had no doubt seen much death and destruction. But perhaps his Christian upbringing helped him deal with the horrors of war.

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Well, back home, he got the news that one of his fellow soldiers had committed suicide.

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Now this was too much for him, knowing that his deceased friend was an atheist, and didn’t know the Savior.

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And as this young soldier began to think about his close friend suffering eternal torment in Hell for all the future ages of time and eternity, this soldier began to doubt God’s existence. After all, how can a supposedly loving God be so cruel as to cast that soldier into eternal torment in Hell? 

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And so, the young soldier eventually renounced his Christianity, and now lives as an agnostic. He just couldn’t believe in a God who torments unbelievers for time and eternity!

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Soldier (Not connected to this story) – Air Force Sergeant on guard duty – Public-Domain

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MANY SIMILAR STORIES

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The fact is, this same story probably reoccurs time and time again! As a matter of fact this church-doctrine has been circulating in Christendom for many centuries. So one can just imagine how many persons over the last 1,000 years or more, have rejected Christianity because of this heretical false doctrine! Many were probably even driven to insanity and suicide because of this unthinkable church-doctrine!

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Insane Asylum – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“HIS THRONE IS UPHOLDEN BY MERCY!”

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“Mercy and truth preserve the King: and His throne is upholden by mercy.” Proverbs 20:28

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Gustave Dore Inferno - freezing in River Styx - by Dore - courtesy Wikipedia - Public-Domain

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Doesn’t this above verse chip away at our hardheartedness? Doesn’t this above verse press hard against our refusal to acknowledge God’s ultimate and infinite mercy?

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After all, how can a reasonable person love a God who has absolutely no mercy on those who reject Him? How can a human love a God who saves millions, but will torment BILLIONS more, day after day, year after year, century after century, millennium after millennium throughout the ceaseless ages? It’s too horrible to imagine! Only a cruel heartless monster could do such a thing!

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Gustave Dore Inferno – freezing in River Styx – by Dore – courtesy Wikipedia – Public-Domain

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BAD HERMENEUTICS WERE RESPONSIBLE

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Fortunately, God is not a cruel and heartless monster! And this whole business of eternal torment is a heresy invented by erring theologians from a very apostate church, who couldn’t understand how to properly interpret scripture.

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The problem was, they did not understand that parables were not to be taken literally. And so, they decided that the parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus must be interpreted literally. And they made the same mistake concerning many other scriptures which speak of fire & brimstone (symbolizing God’s Word), not realizing that these are allegories of spiritual truth.

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Nicaea icon – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“THERE (IN HELL) THE WICKED CEASE FROM TROUBLING!”

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And for some reason, these same theologians rejected the numerous passages which speak of Hell as the grave, and death as sleep, such as this one from the Book of Job…

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…”Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpgthe belly?

For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;

Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: 

There 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 3:11, 13-15, 17-19

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God would never have put this above passage in the Bible if it were not true. Every word of God is true! There is no lie in the Bible. Oh yes, there are many parables which are allegorical in nature, and not to be understood literally. But the Book of Job, like the rest of the Bible, is profitable for doctrine, confirmation, correction, and instruction in righteousness.

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Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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MANY OTHER ARTICLES ON THIS SUBJECT

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But these devotionals have covered all these factors, and today’s devotional will not go over old ground.

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But if the reader has not yet read the various lengthy articles such as “The Doctrine of Eternal Torment”, or this present little series called, “Eternal Torment?”, he or she is encouraged to do so.

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Jesus Teaching Luke 4:31-32 – Jesus talks about Heaven – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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DO WE JUST FORGET ALL WE LEARNED DOWN HERE?

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Fortunately we have a God who says 41 times of Himself, “His mercy endures forever!”

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And God has been teaching us all our lives to love mercy and to suffer with those that suffer.

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And so, after spending a lifetime becoming merciful and pitying of the sufferings of others, are we then supposed to forget all that, becoming impervious to the eternal torment of our unsaved family, friends and former neighbors, as they scream for mercy throughout the ceaseless ages? It doesn’t make any sense, does it?

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

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WILL HE EVER FIND THE TRUTH?https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Bad_Rich_Man_in_Hell_(Le_mauvais_riche_dans_l%27Enfer)_-_James_Tissot_-_overall.jpg

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Well, maybe this discouraged soldier will one day find the true God and His Christ. 

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Perhaps his faith will reignite as he discovers that this old church-doctrine is based on ignorance of true and correct Bible hermeneutics.

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And just maybe he will begin to really study to know that God never caused people to linger in suffering as they were dying.

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What do you think?…

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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UNDO THE HEAVY BURDENS

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Listen…“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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Yes, the Bible is teeming with such verses as this, which dispel any such notion that God has an eternal torture chamber.

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And for those who have been deceived by these archaic old church-doctrines, the Bible promises… “And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

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No, Dear Heart, there is no more time for superficial Bible study! We must put away childish things and begin to study as though it were the last day granted!

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After all, the Day of the Lord is at now hand! 

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Jesus The Good Shepherd – Bernhard Plockhorst – 1825-1907 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 15, CLICK HERE…NOVEMBER 18 (Eternal Torment? Part 15: How Satan Steals Truths)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me an understanding into the spiritual nature of the Bible. Help me to compare scripture with scripture and spiritual things with spiritual to rightly divide 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 this shorter article…AUGUST 19 (Apocalypse Now! Part 6: Fire & Brimstone!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ORION, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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.Orion the Good Shepherd (5th personality of Orion)

“The LORD is my shepherd;

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I shall not want (lack).

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He maketh me to lie

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down in green pastures:

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He leadeth me beside

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the still waters…

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I will fear no evil:

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for Thou art with me;

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Thy rod and thy staff

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they comfort me….”

Psalm 23:1, 2, 4

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ORION, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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This star-chart from Wikipedia, has Orion sketched in by the editor of this website. With the addition of a single star, Theta Geminorum (the left hand of the Castor twin of Gemini), the sickle in Orion, the Reaper’s hand (sketch to left), now extends the blade, thus transforming that sickle into the hook of a shepherd’s rod and staff. And so now this little Gemini star becomes the tip of Orion’s Shepherd’s rod & staff. Thus with this additional star, Orion the Reaper Constellation now becomes the 5th personality of Orion: The Good Shepherd (sketch below right). Theta Geminorum is a class A3, 4th magnitude star, which means it is much fainter than either of the stars, Castor or Pollux. But faint as This little star may be, it nevertheless presents a giant concept, turning Orion’s sickle into a shepherd’s rod. And this is a very wonderful and beautiful Bible truth: namely, that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, as is written…

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“As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” Ezekiel 34:12 

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And so God has placed this Starry Shepherd in the winter-night heavens to remind us of His great love for a planet which has wandered away: just like sheep that wandered to where the grass looked greener.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Orion, The Good Shepherd

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TOMORROW…

SEPTEMBER 28 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 19: “Why Can’t I Escape Babylon?”)

 

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