Comment: I believe all these things too @bear.

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I believe all these things too @bear.

The difference is that we often read scripture with a certain understanding of them already in place. Therefore while we read the words the meaning we receive from them may be different. Why do you think there are hundreds of denominations? It is the nature of Babylon...confusion.

As to Stephen possibly being a liar let us not forget that they called the Lord Jesus Christ a servant of Beelzebub, the father of lies. Perhaps you are not understanding what he is saying? 1 John 1:8 "If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1:9 But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. 1:10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us." Is this what you believe Stephen may be guilty of? I can assure you he is not.

Who is the one who perishes? The old man, the first Adam and all his works that are listed as you described. Who is the one who is joined to the Lord and receives life in the ages to come (life aionian as the Greek says)? The awakened spirit of the man who comes into union with the Second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, the High Priest of our profession. This is true of everyone but at different times...each in their own "squadron" (1 Corinthians 15:23).

What do you believe the "lake of fire" is? The teaching of the apostles and the early church teachers for the first three hundred years was that it was "wise fire". Our God is a consuming fire. The Lord Jesus came to baptise with the Spirit and with fire. It is used for the purpose of correction and purification. This is why those who overcome, who have passed though the fire of tribulation and suffering to emerge victorious will not be injured by the second death...the death of death since the last enemy to be conquered is death. (Revelation 2:11, 1 Corinthians 15:26)

Do you believe there will be no Christians at the Great White Throne? If not why is the book of life opened there?

I believe the only Christians who will take part in the First Resurrection are those who have overcome, the mature sons of God who have finished the race as the apostle Paul said at the end of his life. They will rule and reign with the Lamb upon His throne until the work of restoration of all things has been been completed and God our Father is all in all.

2 Timothy 4:6 "For I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart is at hand. 4:7 I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith! 4:8 Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day – and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on his appearing."

1 Corinthians 15:28 "And when all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all."

Why don't you read the first book I linked to @bear, "Creation's Jubilee". That will help to make things clear to you I hope. The other links are also helpful. This is not easy for anyone who is steeped in church doctrines which possess the carnal mind of men. These doctrines are largely fear based and that is one of the first things we have to overcome. It is why the Lord Jesus kept saying "Fear not". As the apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:7 "For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control."

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)