Harping on the subject of "eternal hellfire" does not build FAITH in people -- it teaches FEAR, ANXIETY, and ultimately even HATE for a God who would be so MEAN, so fiendishly EVIL that HE WOULD DERIVE PLEASURE FROM SINNERS IN HELL...
They would cast God as being worse than Hitler, a total sadist who will "enjoy" the eternal torment of people...
What kind of religion does this lead to? You end up with a fire-escape religion.
-- A religion whose only motivation for "joining it" is the fear of the flames of hell, a fear so numbing that it deadens any ability to awaken the spirtual sensitivity needed to truly become "born again" in god's will and God's love.
A person who becomes a "Christian" merely to avoid the fires of hell will not be able to discern spirtual truths, nor come to truly understand and turn awat from "sin" -- No, a fire-escape religion is motivated by fear, and that fear only causes people to cower FROM God, to shun His might presence.
In heaven there will be no "fear of God" -- only love and admiration. "He that feareth is not made perfect in love." [ 1 JOHN 4:18 ]
Oh yes, hell is going to be a very real, and a very terrible place... let there be no mistake about that. Jesus said, "the Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offended and them that do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire..." [ MATT 13:41-42 ]
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