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.
This does not compute! Here’s what God had Moses pen in Leviticus 18:21 ‘And you shall not let any of your seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.’
A little later, in Leviticus 20:2-5 he added, ‘And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, 2 Again, you shall say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that gives any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he has given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he gives of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: 5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people. 6 And the soul that turns after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. 7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy: for I am the LORD your God.’
2 Kings 23:10 ‘And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.’
Notice what God said through Jeremiah 32:34-35 34 ‘But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. 35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’
If God himself hated torture so much he'd give people the death penalty for it, how could he be a hypocrite and turn around to torture his own progeny in the flames of hell for all time to come? He called it an abomination, a defilement, whoredom, SIN and idolatry. Would God sin? Never! It never entered his mind to do any such thing. It's just not true.
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 the hell eternal conscious torment myth 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. Let's trust that God knows what he's talking about, not people and their useless imaginings.
Back in the days of those worshiping this abominable metal god where they sacrificed their babies to Baal, Molech or Che-mosh, people merely imagined this god was appeased by child sacrifice. But are we any better? Have we outgrown this abomination?
No. Now we abort them by the millions every year to our gods of personal choice, financial freedom and freedom from responsibility, as if every mothers' life hinged on getting rid of her unborn child. Regretfully, now we've gone even further into this abominable practice by allowing the babies to be killed post-birth!
We even sell body parts to the highest bidder! Talk about sin and abomination... We are doing exactly what God hates! Do we really expect God to bless this? Think again!
To sum up, God is no hypocrite. Let's not accuse him of doing even worse things, like burning and torturing people endlessly for all time to come in the flames of hell.