If ye then, being evil, know to do good…
Jesus once said to his disciples: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:11-12
Animals are often put down when they get old and sick in order to end their suffering. The owners simply can’t stand to watch their beloved pets suffer when a single needle can end the pain for that pet. No one thinks of that as a cruel act because it simply ends the suffering when there is nothing the vets can do for that particular pet.
We would do the same for a disobedient dog that ran out onto the road and got run over by a vehicle. The owner of that dog, as disappointed as he or she might be, will do everything he or she can to either save the dog’s life or put it down if there is no hope for a good recovery. Even though the dog was disobedient, the owner sees no reason to further punish the dog except to put it down so it doesn’t have to suffer needlessly.
This is human nature. Human nature for the most part is wicked, but in this case it is good. There is no pleasure or need to cause an animal to suffer needlessly.
The Bible says that we were created in the image of God. And Jesus said, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:11-12
So if we, who rule over the animals, know that there is no need to make any animal suffer, why on earth would God send anyone into an eternal and tormenting hell-fire? No parent would cause a disobedient child to be punished for all eternity; because we know better.
Therefore, if we are created in the image of God, and if God will do even better by us than we could ever do by our children or animals, then it’s impossible for Him to torment anyone in an eternal fire.
One other thing, Jesus quoted the golden rule – do unto others. Do you think God would want to be tormented in an eternal and tormenting hell-fire? If you don’t know the answer ask yourself, would you want to be tormented in an eternal and tormenting hell-fire?
If not, then why would God? After all, you were created in the image of God.
And “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
How amazingly cool is that?
And what more proof do you need that an eternal place of torment does not exist? Technically you shouldn’t need anymore, but I’ll give it to you anyway and will back it up with actual Bible verses.
Back to Genesis
The verses that are used to illustrate an eternal tormenting hell-fire are Revelation 14:10-11. Revelation is the last book of the Bible and many are intrigued by it. Preachers are quick to preach about it because it draws crowds. And crowds bring in the money. But the sad news is that unless you understand the first three chapters of Genesis, you cannot even begin to understand the rest of the Bible, let alone Revelation.
God said to Adam and Eve: “for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:17.
God didn’t mean that they would die physically that day; or that they would be headed for the physical death on that day. The physical death was already established even before Adam and Eve sinned. When studying the whole context it is clear to see that God spoke of their second death, which would occur at the second Resurrection.
Jesus used the same language: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.” John 8:51-52.
There is no indication here that Jesus is speaking of the physical death, but rather the spiritual. Had he referred to the physical, then all the wicked would have dropped dead and the righteous would have never seen the physical death.
Also, notice the reaction of the Pharisees. They couldn’t understand that Jesus spoke of the spiritual death.
It is the same way with Christianity today. They are unable to understand that when the Bible speaks about life and death that it refers to the second death and the afterlife.
When it speaks about the physical death, it generally uses the term “asleep”.
So God basically made it clear that their souls would die if they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
But then along comes Ms. Lucy, aka satan, and says: “ye shall not surely die.” Genesis 3:4. Meaning your soul will not die! That’s where the idea of an immortal soul stems from. It is simply a lie of the devil and so many people have fallen for it.
And get this, the Catholic church (the great harlot), out of which Christianity (the daughters of the harlot) came about, admits that they made the whole “burning in hell for all eternity” thing up so that people would come to church and hand over their hard-earned money.
After Adam and Eve had sinned and God had His talk with them He said: “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:” Genesis 3:22.
“and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:”
I don’t know how anyone could interpret that verse any other way but that God does not want that any sinful person should live forever, let alone for all eternity. Yes, there is a difference between forever and ever and eternity. Forever and ever is a reference to time, which will end; and eternity has no beginning or end.
So if God doesn’t even want a sinful person to live until the end of this world, how much more do you think He’s against someone being stuck in a sinful body for all eternity?
The Bible says that God does want that any man should suffer. That includes all the righteous AND the WICKED! God is not a respecter of persons and takes no pleasure in suffering; whether that be of the righteous or the wicked. God is a merciful and loving God. To say that He will torment anyone in an eternal fire creates a monster out of him.
Anyhow, Gen 3:22 makes it very clear that the soul will die unless it eats from the tree of life. That tree of life will be made available to the believers after all is said and done. It is at that moment when their souls will become immortal.