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Comment: I'll take your word

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I'll take your word

that I misunderstood your intent.

Still, please don't tell me what it is I'm supposed to believe if I'm a "true-believer". After 50 years of Bible study I think I have a fair idea of salvation and the afterlife as the Bible teaches.

I have absolutely no doubt that the Bible, in its original autographs, is the inspired Word of God. It is the entire revelation of God that is sufficient for our understanding of His salvation plan.

Your description of hell is way off. Those who are not saved in this life will go to a place that was originally prepared for the devil and the angels who followed him. It is a place where those who do not want God in their lives - on His terms - will get their wish to the fullest for all eternity. There will be no blessings from God; no communication with God. They will never know the joy of living in His presence, talking with their Creator face-to-face, or the glorious future of eternal, abundant life He has prepared for His children.

There is no "torn apart again and again", or "burnt forever and ever". Immortal, indestructible bodies cannot be torn apart or burnt. Hell is a place of sorrow and anger. A place of loss, bitterness, and shame. The descriptions you read in Scripture that deal with fire and burning are metaphors for the wrath of God. Several places in the Bible refer to God as a consuming fire (see Hebrews 12:29 and Deuteronomy 4:24, for example). This is a picture of his perfect Justice, satisfying His own laws that require sin be paid in full. Only those who are forgiven enter into a family relationship with Him and the rest will be kept out.

I trust that God will be just and merciful in His judgment. As the Creator, He is sovereign in determining the future of each creature. Since He is the One responsible for our destinies, I don't have to waste my time worrying about it. I can't see into anyone's soul, anyway. I hope my children (and everyone else on earth) are saved before physical death. I cannot save, as I have said, but I try to bring the gospel (good news) of salvation as I have opportunity:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16

Peter said about Jesus, "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12

Where do you get the 99% figure? There are about two billion people today who claim to follow Jesus. That number is growing rapidly. Here is an interesting article at WND that talks about the growth of Christianity around the world:

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