Reason #2 No scripture relegates God as a torturer.
No scripture relegates God as a torturer, let alone for all eternity!
The word 'torture' is not in the Bible and it is not in God's nature for God is LOVE.
How much HATRED would he have to be able torture a person for even one day, let alone for all time to come?
As 1 John 4:7-8 says: 7 'Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. 8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.'
If God then, being full of love, showed how great his love for us is by sending his Son to take the death penalty in our place, how could he then contradict himself by torturing his wayward children in the flames of Hell for all time to come?
It’s just not so, according to his own words about his own nature, will and purpose. Believe him. He knows what he is talking about.
Ironically, it is the young people today who are the ones insisting on the truth. They are too smart to fall for the standard old-school party line of Hell that worked for our forefathers through fear of it. It will not work any longer for today’s youth. That is largely why once they leave High School and get out on their own, they leave the church behind. Get back to the truth or lose the youth.
They actually know their Bibles better than their parents, in many cases. They read, watch YouTube videos or get their information on the internet. They can learn much more and much faster than their parents did.
The resources and the availability of many different ways of getting information such as IPods, Cell Phones and computers enable this learning at a record pace.
What is more is that what they find does not line up with the doctrine foisted off on them by the church, so they leave and usually never return. How sad. They just do not want to be lied to. They want the truth and nothing but the truth. They learn that the apostle Paul never mentioned Hell, even though he wrote 12 of its books.
They learn the Hell idea is nowhere to be found in the entire ‘Old Testament’. They find that the writer of Hebrews, the books of James and John, and Peter do not mention it either.
Then they learn the words of Jesus himself do not really say what their parents or their preachers have explained to them or taught them their entire lives. They then start thinking they cannot find truth in their parents, the Bible or the Church. How sad is that?
They want the truth. They are smart. They will question their parents and really any authority figure. They cannot just accept it as gospel. So let us study this doctrine very carefully and not be too quick to accept anything. This is what really matters. It is a matter of life or death.