Religious folk, please explain.
If God forgives, then why is there hell?
What Guys Said 23
There didn't used to be hell but when Lucifer betrayed God and attempted to become god himself he was exiled from heaven and any angels who sided with him. Hell was originally created just for Satan and his followers ( the angels who betrayed god ), but later on Satan was able to deceive Eve who then in turn deceived Adam they both were tempted by him and ate the forbidden fruit, and came into this world, and sin was released into the word. Just like God, Satan does not force anyone to follow him he instead deceives, tricks and tempts people into following him.
Later on Jesus, sacrificed himself on the cross so that we could ask for forgiveness for our sins and be forgiven, and we are given a choice between the two.
God does not want any to go to hell, but he won't force people to follow him, he gives them a choice.
Those who have been shown hell, and were brought back, depict it as a horrible place, devoid of gods presence, monstrosities, demons, suffering, fire, torture everywhere, multiple levels and special sections of hell reserved only for certain sins such as blasphemy and the cold blooded murder of children. It's the devils reign a place of evil.4
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I think hell is a human construct rather than a pure religious one - Hell only came about when people differed from the people in power ( the hierarchy's friends ) and some form of damnation had to be created for different thinkers. If religion stayed pure to its origins I probably would still be religious2
Because screw coherence.3
because it's not a very compelling story if everything is positive. plus, no one would seriously subscribe to the idea if there was no guarantee that those who did them wrong would face some kind of retribution. The concept of hell is a compromise - it still promises immortality, but also separation from eternal paradise for those who don't deserve it.
But that's just the social reasons. I suspect the political reasons for hell had more to do with "the carrot and the stick" method of reinforcing ideals. Of course, I'm no expert on 13th century politics, so I couldn't say for sure..1
If you don't ask for forgiveness for you're sins, well, into hell you go. There was no hell until lucifer betrayed God.( lucifer aka Satan, devil) when the judgment day comes lucifer and the Angels he decived we'll be thrown into hell. Hell was only meant for satan and his demons, but he tricked Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. When they ate it, sin came into the world. Satan and his demons can only tempt, not force people to sin. There for be sobor, be vilaglint because the devil walks about like a roaring lion. Seeking whom he may devor. Satan and his demons will not enter hell alone. So whatever you do ask for forgiveness for you're sins.4
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I'm not religious but hell isn't really what is always depicted of physical suffering in a burning place. It's simply the lack of God's presence or hope of him which to Christians is the worst kind of suffering. It's simply a place for those that refuse to acknowledge his existence. It isn't meant as punishment it's just a place for those that don't care to become close to God.
Heaven=Presence of God
Purgatory=The hope of being with God
Hell=No presence or hope for God.3
Short sweet and to the point. You have to believe that God sent his only son to die on the cross for the sins of the world and accept him as your Lord and Savior. From that you repent of your sins and ask for forgiveness. That is the most basic way I could word it.3
Actually i think @pheonix98 has provided the best answer you're probably goning to get. The bible says for ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It also says for the wages of sin is death. But the free gift of God is eternal life through christ jesus our lord. You see God does forgive us for our sins but the avoid hell is to put your faith In christ. God gives us a choice to praise him or to not. And he remembers that choice when our judgment comes. In essence hell is there not because God isn't a forgiving loving God but because as humans we prefer to go our own way and be the god of our own lives. We are called to beleive in God with all our hearts, minds and souls, and to not beleive in God voids our ticket into heaven.
Also i would like to take a moment to apologize fpr some of the answers you have received from "christians". These days a lot of people call themselves such but have no real relationship wirh God. These people are usually pretty easy to pick out because their wordsand actions don't line up with the faith they claim to have.0
If i killed you, the true God wouldn't give itself the right to forgive me instead of you.
To escape hell we need God's forgiveness, and human forgiveness.
An atheist who doesn't believe in God, doesn't believe in God's forgiveness, if he wants to be forgiven for being an Atheist, first of all, he has to believe in God's forgiveness, and unfortunately he can't believe in it and still an Atheist at the same time.
A polytheist can call for help from his Gods, if they can rescued him, the true God wouldn't interfere.0
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If you believe in Allah (God) and if you follow the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah of the prophet Mohammad ( peace be upon him) then inshallah (God willing) you will go to Jannah ( paradise) ... I know this doesn't necessarily answer your question, I'm just being optimistic about waht will happen in the day of judgement :)2
Well different denominations view hell differently. Some people view hell as an actually place of fire and torture. The fire and brimstone view is the mainstream for these types. There are others that view hell as just being the absence of god and just disappearing when you die without following Jesus or whatever religion we are referring to. I've always questioned this too though.. The problem of evil is a difficult question to answer or to have a satisfying answer to.0
The way I look at it, either he doesn't exist, or he's not worthy of worship.6
Purely a figment of the religious imagination to scare people into doing what the religious tell them...1
Because of those who disbelieved him.
because of those who did not repent.2
Because the bibles makes us to understand that after death or when the trumpet is sounded for judgement, there is no chance for forgiveness or redemption0
In order to be forgiven one has to WANT and ASK for forgiveness.1
What Girls Said 8
Hell was created for Satan and those who follow him, and when Adam and Eve sinned God gave the choice between him and Satan I. e. Heaven and Hell. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice and if you acknowledge him as God's son and ask for forgiveness you can enter into Heaven (if you mean it wholeheartedly of course). If we don't acknowledge Jesus as God's son or his sacrifice for our sins then we go to Hell.
I don't really know much about Hell itself, pastors, preachers, and what not, don't teach on it much, because I guess Christians don't have to worry about it, but it would be nice to know more about it. If I had my bible with me I would try to look up some verses to elaborate more on the subject, but I didn't bring it to work with me.0
"Hell" is just a religious scare tactic to not commit "sins" or whatever they deem is immoral.4
I think people generally have to ask for forgiveness. I'm not religious though, and I didn't pay loads of attention in Southern Baptist bible school.0
Apparently he only forgives if you really really mean it.0
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