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A Gentle Alternative to Punishment in Hell for Those Who Reject God’s Offer of Eternal Life—Conditional Immortality

Some believers (like me) think it likely that everyone who ever lived will have opportunity, with a clear mind free of confusion and misinformation, to understand God’s love and his offer of eternal life. This might be during their lifetime … Continue reading

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Hopeful Universalism and a Gentle Alternative

Previously, we discussed whether God will punish anyone in eternal hell; and I concluded that the misguided idea of punishment in eternal conscious torment is inconsistent with God’s character and that the Bible does not even teach such a thing. … Continue reading

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If We Are Free to Approach God Without Fear, What Becomes of Our Other Religious Fears—Like Hell?

To many believers God is love. This is the primary thing we know about God from Jesus—unconditional love. This is what Jesus told us about the Father and also what Jesus demonstrated in his own life as the representative of … Continue reading

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Belief in Angry God is Perhaps the Most Damaging, Misguided Christian Belief of All

What is more central to our religious experience than our relationship with God? But some believers understand their relationships with God much differently than others do. Most of us believe God loves us and cares about us. We even talk … Continue reading

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Judgment and Punishment in the Book of Enoch

Remember that Zoroastrianism contributed significant ideas to Jewish thought during the exilic and post-exilic periods that did not exist before in Judaism. Some of these ideas were current in Jesus’ day, such as: * A personalized adversary to God—Satan * … Continue reading

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The Influence of Zoroastrianism on Jewish Thought in Jesus’ Time

In my first semester of college (1969) I wrote a term paper on Zoroastrianism. That paper affected my fundamentalist understanding of Satan and hell, though it did not come to fruition until several years later. It was clear to me … Continue reading

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What Did Jesus Mean by the ‘Eternal Fire Prepared for the Devil and His Angels’?

What Did Jesus Mean by the ‘Eternal Fire Prepared for the Devil and His Angels’? Last time we talked about the parable of the sheep and the goats. The parable is not about judgment or the end-times as many people … Continue reading

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