For centuries clergymen and ecclesiastical leaders have pictured in gory detail the sufferings of the wicked and unbelievers in hell. Some have pictured hell as a sort of everlasting incinerator where the fire burns continually but does not consume. Evangelical ministers have preached that God, whom they believe to be a God of justice and infinite wisdom, condemns millions to this flaming torture from which there is no escape.
Such a concept of justice would never be tolerated in our courts. A jury that would sentence a guilty person to torture in flames even for a short period would arouse the horror of the whole civilized world.
Yet the doctrine of eternal torment, everlasting punishment, without any hope of release, is still credited to God by many churches.
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Bible reference(s): Deuteronomy 32:22, 2 Samuel 22:6, Job 7:9, Job 11:8, Job 14:13, Job 17:13, Job 21:13, Job 24:19, Job 26:6, Psalms 9:17, Psalms 16:10, Psalms 18:5, Psalms 30:3, Psa 31:17, Psa 49:14-15, Psalms 55:15, Psalms 86:13, Psa 88:3, Psalms 116:3, Psalms 139:8, Pro 1:12, Proverbs 5:5, Proverbs 7:27, Proverbs 9:18, Proverbs 15:11, Proverbs 15:24, Proverbs 23:14, Proverbs 27:20, Isaiah 5:14, Isaiah 14:9, Isaiah 14:15, Isaiah 28:15, Isaiah 28:18, Isaiah 57:9, Ezekiel 31:16, Ezekiel 31:17, Ezekiel 32:21, Ezekiel 32:27, Amos 9:2, Jonah 2:2, Habakkuk 2:5, Matthew 5:22, Matthew 5:29, Matthew 5:30, Matthew 10:28, Matthew 11:23, Matthew 16:18, Matthew 18:9, Matthew 23:15, Matthew 23:33, Mark 9:43, Mark 9:45, Mark 9:47, Luke 10:15, Luke 12:5, Luke 16:22-23, Acts 2:27, Acts 2:31, James 3:6, 2 Peter 2:4, Revelation 1:18, Revelation 6:8, Revelation 20:13, Revelation 20:14
Source: Understanding the Bible: The Hell of the Bible (Rochester, NY: Megiddo Press).
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