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pursuing the upward call with fear and trembling

just a 44 year old man seeking to share my meanderings with the world at large or the blogosphere at small

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Thoughts

Are grace and hell compatible??? Is fear really the tool God wants to use to restore relationship with Himself??? Been pondering this for quite sometime. Hell is actually a transliteration i believe. The places in the Bible where hell is used are actually gehenna or hades i believe. Was Jesus speaking about an eternal place of conscious torment when He used gehenna or was He talking about the valley of Hinnom which was a refuse dump where constant fire burned to destroy all that was tossed there???

In 1 Timothy Paul says that it is the kindness of God that leads one to repentance. Why then have so many sermons and teaching focused on Gods wrath,judgment and anger as evangelistic methods??? What is the balance between Gods holiness and discipline and His love and grace??? If satan were truly a fallen angel who tries to lead every person astray and send them to hell wouldn't God sound the alarm a LOT louder,stronger and more frequent to warn us??? I mean satan is hardly mentioned in the OT except for in Job. I don't count lucifer in Isaiah because i believe that is referring to Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon.

Paul never mentions hell in any of his epistles. NEVER!!!! I think Romans, Hebrews and 1 & 2 Corinthians would have warranted its being told about ya know???

Hope to hear back from any who pass by here their thoughts. Maybe Oprah, Ellen or someone from Dateline NBC or 20/20 will see it and i can get on tv!!! LOL Hey i can dream :D

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