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Hell? No!

by Gary Amirault

Sometimes it takes just the right image or thought to come to mind to reveal just how insane the traditional Christian teaching of a Hell of everlasting punishment really is.

Leading Church theologians, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant alike have taught the doctrine of original sin which consigns all of mankind to a Hell of everlasting punishment. The teachings of Calvinists and Arminians alike have created a vast region in which most of mankind will be tortured forever. And the greatest of these theologians have stated that those who escape those flames will rejoice as they watch those who are being endlessly tormented.

Can a woman breast feeding her child dwell on the thought that there is a very good chance that her child will probably suffer the pains of endless torture in a place created by the very God who allowed her child to be born? One of the traditional church’s theologians writes “…the Blessed will see their friends and relations among the damned as often as they like but without the least of compassion.” Can a mother dwell on such a thought while breast feeding her child? Such a thought would be too hideous to dwell upon in such a nurturing moment. And yet Christian mothers and fathers, who are children in the eyes of God, come to “mother” church and are taught such hideous thoughts of our heavenly Father as they are being “fed” the so-called “word of God by their pastor. The teaching of Hell is not nutritious “milk of the word,” it is pure poison!

What will it take to reveal the insanity in Christianity? It will require the rising up of women who will storm the gates of Hell to bring down the insane teachings of the traditional church taught primarily by men! Women arise! Stop the insane teaching of Hell. Stop supporting financially and with your presence churches and denominations who teach such wickedness. Leave!

The following quotes come from some of the “greats” in traditional Catholic and Protestant denominations. Great? Satan couldn’t be more proud of the words below which have denigrated the Greatness of our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

St. Thomas Aquinas

“That the saints may enjoy their beatitude more thoroughly, and give more abundant thanks to God for it, a perfect sight of punishment of the damned is granted them.” Summa iii Suppl. Qu 93, i.

Peter Lombard, the Master of Sentences

“Therefore the elect shall go forth…to see the torments of the impious, seeing which they will not be grieved, but will be satiated with joy at the sight of the unutterable calamity of the impious.” Sent. Iv 50, ad fin

Martin Luther (when questioned whether the Blessed will not be saddened by seeing their nearest and dearest tortured answers),
“Not in the least.”

Gerhard

“…the Blessed will see their friends and relations among the damned as often as they like but without the least of compassion.”

Andrew Welwood (speaks of the saints as being)
“overjoyed in beholding the vengeance of God,” and their beholding of the smoke of the torment of the wicked as “a passing delectation.”

Samuel Hopkins

“This display of the divine character will be most entertaining to all who love God, will give them the highest and most ineffable pleasure. Should the fire of this eternal punishment cease, it would in a great measure obscure the light of heaven, and put an end to a great part of the happiness and glory of the blessed.”
Bishop Newcomb

“The door of mercy will be shut and all bowels of compassion denied, by God, who will laugh at their destruction; by angels and saints, who will rejoice when they see the vengeance’ by their fellow-suffer the devil and the damned rejoicing over their misery.” Catechetical Sermons

Minucius Felix, fl. 230 AD

“Nor to these torments will there be any measure or termination. There the sentient fire burns limbs and renews them feeds on them and nourishes them.” –Octav. 35.

Cyprian 258 AD

“The wretched bodies of the condemned shall simmer and blaze in those living fires.”

Tertullian
“At that greatest of all spectacles, that last and eternal judgment how shall I admire, how laugh, how rejoice, how exult, when I behold so many proud monarchs groaning in the lowest abyss of darkness;  so many magistrates liquefying in fiercer flames than they ever kindled against the Christians; so many sages philosophers blushing in red-hot fires with their deluded pupils; so many tragedians more tuneful in the expression of their own sufferings; so many dancers tripping more nimbly from anguish then ever before from applause.”

“Women, arise, and storm the gates of Hell, the counselors of Hell, teachers and preachers who have twisted the nature and character of our loving Father into an image that only Satan would be pleased with. Stop this Satanically inspired teaching of Hell! Withdraw your support of “mother church” and come to the loving Father of all who sent His Son to reconcile the world world to Himself!

http://www.tentmaker.org/articles/spirit-of-church.html

http://www.tentmaker.org/articles/hells_fruit.html

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22 Comments on The Insanity of Hell

  1. Stegokitty says:

    Trying to figure out what exactly is wrong with these quotes.

    It is just and fitting for the righteous God to justly punish sin.

    It has nothing to do with the degree of the sin (remember our first parents fell from the estate in which they were created, and plummeted all of creation into sin and misery, simply by taking a bite from a piece of fruit) but against WHOM it is committed. Whatever the triune God commands is good and right, and must be obeyed, or the penalty must be paid. Christ paid the penalty for the sins of the SHEEP. Jesus distinguished between those who were His sheep and those who were goats. He said “You do not believe BECAUSE you are NOT My sheep.”

    I will have no problem in seeing people being justly punished for their crimes of cosmic treason against the Holy, Holy, Holy God. I don’t think it’d even be a good idea for God to release these people from their just punishment, or else I might forget the great mercy that was bestowed upon me, when I am just as guilty (if not moreso!) than they. IF God wants to save all people, that’s His business, but I believe it would be highly problematic, seeing as the language, especially of Christ, is that the smoke of the torment of the wicked ascends upward forever. God does not acquit the guilty. Everyone who is not in Christ in this life is to be found guilty. They cannot be acquitted for the simple reason that Christ did not die for their sins, neither did He owe it to them to do so.

    Yes, I said that.

  2. Connie says:

    Thanks for this! I am a woman who struggles with the church (I’ve belonged to several – different denominations) primarily because of the teachings regarding hell. Every time we have a conversation about Evangelism, people say, “Just ask someone if they know where they’re going when they die. Do they want to go to heaven or hell?” I have never known anyone who came to know the love of Jesus because they were threatened with eternal damnation. I just can’t buy it. I’ve been searching the internet to see if I’m alone in my understanding. I know now that I’m not. Thanks for being here!

  3. Gary Amirault says:

    Glad we can be of service. There are many who believe God is much more loving and wise than traditional churches have taught. You might find some company at our discussion forum at:
    http://www.tentmaker.org/forum

  4. Chuck says:

    Stegokitty, what scripture can you use to back up your claim that Christ didn’t die for the sins of everyone?

  5. harpazo says:

    Hell is the eternal place that all people go who refuse Jesus’s pardon for their sins. Love does win, because He sent Jesus to us to minister to us, die for us – satisfying the wrath of God for our sins. A full understanding of our position before God is that we are sinners, and He is HOLY. Forgiven sinners go to heaven, unforgiven sinners go to hell. Simple as that. There is a narrow road which few find, and a broad road to destruction which many find. (Matthew 7:13-14).

    You have to either believe the bible as it plainly teaching this foundational doctrine, or you don’t. There is no half and half. There are only two roads, truth, and lie.

    From GotQuestions.org http://www.gotquestions.org/hell-real-eternal.html
    “The punishment of the wicked dead in hell is described throughout Scripture as “eternal fire” (Matthew 25:41), “unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12), “shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2), a place where “the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44-49), a place of “torment” and “fire” (Luke 16:23-24), “everlasting destruction” (2 Thessalonians 1:9), a place where “the smoke of torment rises forever and ever” (Revelation 14:10-11), and a “lake of burning sulfur” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).”

    “The punishment of the wicked in hell is as never ending as the bliss of the righteous in heaven. Jesus Himself indicates that punishment in hell is just as everlasting as life in heaven (Matthew 25:46). The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. Those in hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Psalm 76:10). Those who are in hell will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (Deuteronomy 32:3-5). Yes, hell is real. Yes, hell is a place of torment and punishment that lasts forever and ever, with no end. Praise God that, through Jesus, we can escape this eternal fate (John 3:16, 18, 36).”

  6. Gary Amirault says:

    God is love, Love Never fails, Nothing is impossible with God. Mercy triumphs over judgment. Friend, you are simply short sighted. May God grant you better vision to look further down the road before you judge God as an utter failure.
    http://www.tentmaker.org/artic.....rault.html

  7. Randy says:

    I’m not sure why people need to hold onto hell so vehemently. I guess its in part to them feeling like they have earned something by being one of the “good ones” that God saved. Like one of the comments above said, they would have no problem seeing the bad folks get what they deserve. I think we as Christians sometimes feel like we have partially earned our salvation by following the rules and being good. I hate to tell you, we are all the “bad ones”. I know these same people will disagree and say “Oh no, its all Gods grace and salvation” but if they really believed that, why is it so hard to believe that same grace saves all those he loves, they did not earn anything, just like we did not earn anything. Even saying a little magic prayer implies earning something. Well all that being said, I am really not sure what happens to us when we die or that God will even save everyone. But I sure think it could be true and that God is really that loving. Peace

  8. Margm says:

    Do you mean to say that Jesus suffered and died for no reason? Everyone goes to heaven no matter what?

  9. Gary Amirault says:

    You asked the wrong question. Jesus, according to the Scriptures came to save the world, to draw all mankind to Himself, to reconcile all things back to God the Father. The question should be, “Why do you settle for so little?” If you bought the whole world would you settle for anything less? Think about it.

  10. Rich Morton says:

    One problem is that most Christians do not realize that when Jesus said that “Now is the judgement of the world” that the whole world and everyone in it were being judged in the person of Christ. This judgement reaches backward and forward to reconcile all things back to God through Christ. If the judgement of God were to truly be preached and understood, no one would refuse it – and no one will, but each in his own order. This is why an understanding of God’s plan of the AGES must be understood. If the foundation of spiritual wisdom is off, not built correctly, then the whole structure is even more-so.

  11. Lloyd Bigham III says:

    Not all will come to a saving knowledge of Him. All that The Father gave Christ, was known before the foundation of the world. ‘All that The Father has given me will I in no wise cast out’, as spoken by Christ. It takes The Holy Spirit to first move on an individual and then to convict them. Man (or woman) have (and has) no ability on (or of) their own. You can recite scripture and perhaps have tons of head knowledge, but sadly that’s all you’re ever going to have outside of Christ. In my former walk before Christ saved my wretched soul, I was dead in my trespasses and sins. This may seem a ridiculous statement, but to an already dead corpse; you can’t talk to it and hope it’s going to respond. Of course not, it’s physically/naturally dead. The same (again) applies to a person who knows not Christ and doesnt believe that He died on the cross, for them. How do we bear witness to any of this outside of scripture? By The Holy Spirit. The great comforter. The Holy Spirit makes all of this real, It bears witness against our own spirit. Yes, It’s sad but all people in hell are believers. In that, they know who God and The Lord Jesus Christ are. They know that Christ is real. No, they never can be saved or redeemed Or leave there. They know that all who are physically alive right now, living upon this earth stand in damnation should they reject and never accept Christ as Lord and Savior. The bible is foolishness to those who are perishing. They are spiritually blinded and the scales have not been lifted from their eyes. Repent and believe while there’s time. Tomorrow is not promised. You never know (truly) what a day may hold. The greatest deception of ALL the ages is that you’re OK, that you have time. You not only combat your natural sinful flesh, but the influence of this world and satan himself. As the bible points out, we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities. Satan is the prince and power of this present existence. This world is on a fast-track to a bottomless pit and an eventual permanent home in the lake of fire. I often think of the parable of the rich man and the beggar as mentioned in the book of Luke. That rich man is still there today, as he was then. Trapped in a mind-boggling reality (and nightmare) that doesn’t even begin to describe the hopeless, eternal condition of an outer darkness and godless existence that is near insanity. You’re dead (from this world) but held in a state of perpetual dying, but yet kept alive. Believe and trust in Christ, while you can. He is and will forever remain our only hope, our only mediator between sinful man and a holy and righteous God. He IS the only One who can give us peace. And change our heart.

  12. Scott says:

    To these people who believe in this insane doctrine of eternal hell. You’re believing a lie. Hell is a myth. The bible never speaks of hell. Jesus never warned of hell. Hell is nothing but a pagan myth.
    To believe that God would be “just” in punishing the wicked for all eternity is pure insanity & when we look at scripture, in its original language, we find that no such teaching exists in its pages. God will punish the wicked, yes. He will punish the guilty, yes. All who die in their sins will “go away” to be punished, sure, but the time that they will be “punished” is not everlasting.
    Not only that, but this idea that billions of “lost souls” will be BURNED ALIVE IN FIRE FOREVER is beyond insane. There is nothing more evil then this. Please tell me something more evil then being burned alive forever. Good luck.
    You people who believe in hell believe that God loves everyone & that Jesus died for everyone’s sins, AND that God DOESN’T want ANYONE to go to this horrific place, THAT HE SUPPOSEDLY CREATED (nevermind how insane that makes God) but God is now TRYING to save everyone from this horrific place. He’s giving them all a CHANCE to “get saved” SO THAT they won’t be burned alive in fire forever.
    WHAT???
    If that’s what God IS, then God is a delusional moron. If you don’t understand that, then I can’t help you. The doctrine of an eternal hell is pure insanity.
    Of course, if you DON’T believe that God loves everyone & that Jesus died for everyone’s sins, but you call yourself a christian, then you’re a Calvinist, & that’s another insane belief system altogether.

  13. Bob says:

    I am only writing this to loudly applaud Scott’s true and candid words. Some years ago I would have called myself a Christian, but not anymore. I know that there is nothing crazier on this planet (although some other systems do come close) than this insane concept. It is now astonishing to me that some people actually WANT to worship a cosmic serial torturer who is, as Scott put it, a delusional moron…while calling him “holy”. Amazing.

    I believed it at one time, but not anymore, and now I don’t know if any God exists. But if so, it certainly isn’t the one that most Christians are worshipping. Why? Because that “god” possesses all of a human being’s worst characteristics…sadism, narcissism (and wants all of his subjects to become narcissists as well), mistake-prone, short-sighted, and the list could go on and on. The mind of this “god” resembles a very troubled mind of a human being.

    It’s impossible that such a deity could exist, indeed, it does not.

  14. Gary Amirault says:

    Yes, more and more people are beginning to see the gods of traditional church are very similar to the Roman and Greek pantheon of god’s, man’s worst passion deified. But something happened to me 29 years ago that turned my whole life upsidedown. The One who said in the Bible “I am the way the truth and the life” came into my life is such a way that I can’t deny His existence. He is truly the way, truth and life even more, He is perfect love, not the judgmental hypocritical counterfeit expressed in many churches in Christian lives. I wish to God I could manifest his love through my body all the time, I can’t seem to be able to do that. But when He touches people through me, people change. I don’t know Bob where you life will lead you from here, but I do know eventually you will run into Jesus the savior of the world and it will be the best day of your life. Thanks for your comments. Peace to you, Gary

  15. mark reitinger says:

    Christians like to say that people “choose” to go to Hell. What balderdash. If people “choose” to go to Hell, they do it in the same sense that the villagers “chose” to have the “boy who cried wolf” get eaten. It’s impossible for a human being to “choose” an eternity of suffering. They don’t like suffering. They like a lot of things but suffering is not on the list. I don’t need bible verses about Gehenna to be made clear or told about god being all love in order to see that the belief in eternal damnation is pure insanity.

  16. Roby Coles says:

    I agree, there is no continual burning of those opposed to God. Ezek.28:12-19 clearly shows that the adversary will be reduced to ashes. Human souls will suffer the same fate, that is why it is called the second Death.

  17. George Ganssel says:

    I will tell anyone what ‘insanity’ is: not following God’s word even if there is only a one in a million chance that there is a God and a one in a billion chance that there is an eternal lake of fire. I direct all readers to consider, with gravitas, Pascal’s Wager. You can’t lose, here or there:

    Pascal’s wager
    noun [in sing. ] Philosophy
    the argument that it is in one’s own best interest to behave as if God exists, since the possibility of eternal punishment in hell outweighs any advantage of believing otherwise.

  18. Gary Amirault says:

    Very illogical. Most people believe in a god or many gods. But according to Scripture, that does not bring salvation. Some people believe they are god, or their elite group is god. Some people have millions of Gods. You assume, George, that the penalty for not believing in some kind of God is eternal torture. Really, George, could you REALLY love a god who ends up torturing most of mankind? No, you might feign worship, you might try to obey this god’s every command, but you would ultimately end up despising such a god. And therefore, the very god you claim to believe in and obey will end up wiping you out anyway because you are a hypocrite, pretending to love and worship the god you really despise in your heart. So, you see, George, your logic turns out to be quite illogical and your god ends up looking more like some image of Satan. You’ve swallowed a lie from the father of lies. God is unfailing love. He’s bigger than your beliefs. And much wiser than the image or idol you presently hold in your heart. May the grace, love and peace of Jesus come to you and set you free.

  19. Gary Amirault says:

    In Adam, we all die, we all have our flesh life reduced to ashes, but the same all who died in Adam will be made alive in Christ. The flesh of all mankind is an adversary to God, that includes yours Roby. Rejoice that God knows how to reconcile all His enemies through His love on the Cross. Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.

  20. George Ganssel says:

    Gary, I don’t know what to believe but I stand by my original posting that only a fool would not follow the caveat that Blaise Pascal outlines in his famous Pascal’s Wager. I’m a Catholic and I go to church every Sunday…and it bores me silly; it’s a real sacrifice to me but I don’t wanna take any chances. Also, lemme say that I pray most fervently (Most Fervently!!) that you guys who believe there is no eternal suffering/damnation are 100% correct. My finite mind tells me that not even Stalin or Mao should suffer 24/7 for billions and billions of years. Just the thought of it is reprehensible.

  21. Gary Amirault says:

    Why don’t you pray just as fervently for your Heavenly Father to show you the truth? You see, if you believe this verse then you have your answer, don’t you? If you pray according to the will of God, you will have what you pray, right?:

    1Ti 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
    1Ti 2:2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
    1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
    1Ti 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
    1Ti 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
    1Ti 2:6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
    1Ti 2:7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle–I am speaking the truth in Christ [2] and not lying–a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
    1Ti 2:8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;

    So then, George, BELIEVE that you have what you believe which is in accordance with the will of God.

  22. George Ganssel says:

    Gary, I really appreciate your concern; you sound like you are a genuinely good person and I hope you attain eternal happiness in the garden of paradise. Getting off subject for a sentence or two I just want you to know how I came to your site: I’m a collector of old books and periodicals and am selling a few of them. There’s a rare book dealer here in New York that requires a brief on any books offered for sale so I did a little surfing to find out more about the author and those inquiries, somehow (faithfully AND fatefully) led me to your venerable site. The book is: Meditations Representing A Glimpse Of Glory and is written in 1824 by Mr. Andrew Welwood

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