For me, I’m not a supporter of putting the power of the cross into the limited minds of men . . .meaning that I don’t believe God left our eternal destination up to whether or not we say the magic words of asking Christ into our hearts. I think two issues have been balled up into one. I don’t believe the latter part of John 3:16 is dealing with my final destination. I believe we are given everlasting life now . . .not after we die. This realm we live in is governed by the measurment of time. And time leads to death. It ages you. As time goes by here, wrinkles appear . . .things start to sag a bit . . .clarity becomes a haze . . .time does that to us. But the miracle that Christ brings is that in the midst of this cycle of death, we have “eternal” . . .everlasting . . .endless . . .all of those words are depicting that what Christ brings, time can’t affect.
In the spirit, time doesn’t exist. God knows the end from the beginning . . .it’s outside the expanse of time.
For those that believe in hell . .the people they think are going there are still apparently going to live there forever as well . . .and they can’t very well go there in “these” bodies . …so . . .apparently they’re going to be resurrected . .which is not a sign of destruction, but a sign of life in and of itself, so the idea that dead people are going both resurrect “and” go to eternal torment is a bit of an oxymoron. so . … the question then isn’t about eternal life at all . … but “where” are we going to spend it. See how that just took away the truth from the message? We just made it all about fear and darkness when the message is one of light and life.
So that whosoever believeth in him shall have everlasting life . . .take a breath . . .for God didn’t send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved . . .which begs the question . .“Did he accomplish what he set out to do?” Because if we believe there’s a hell where 99% of the population from Adam to me are going to live in eternal damnation, we’d have to then say Jesus FAILED what he attempted to do.
Believing in him enables that eternal life to manifest in me NOW. Not belieiving in him merely means that I’ll continue to walk in darkness . . .when light appears, hey . . .just had a thought . . .you ever been in dark room for an extended amount of time and then someone turns on a super bright light??? Not just “a” light . . but a SUPER BRIGHT one. You’re doing MORE than squinting . . .you’re grimacing . . .do you know when light in one person collides with the darkness in another, it causes the one with darkness to experience a gnashing? It’s not about unimaginable torment . . .
When people gnash their teeth at one another, it’s a sign of being “enraged”. Not literally tortured. They did it in Acts even. Stephen delivered a message that the Holy Spirit brought such conviction on them who were IN DARKNESS that THEY GNASHED THEIR TEETH . . .they weren’t thrown into torcher . . .they were thrown into a rage.
53Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
54When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
When I believe in God, my faith enables my heart to shine forth his light, but when I reject him, his light will instead cause my mind to become enraged . . .you’ve seen it many times when you watch people going at each other because they disagree with the other’s theology . . . you just didn’t know that it was called “gnashing”. We’ve preserved “that” word for only those who go to hell.