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Voice: Time to start thinking about a real burning hell

June 30, 2002

The L.A. Times had HELL in Column One on Wednesday — more papers should have it: preachers are no longer preaching it because people don't want to hear about it.

The pope said in 1999 that hell shouldn't be seen as a fiery underworld but as separation from God; Billy Graham, who taught it 30 to 40 years ago, says today that you can have hell in this life and the next but doesn't know whether there's fire in hell or not; leading feel-good sermon-giver Robert Schuller says he doesn't want people to become Christians to escape hell. His take: "Why threaten people with God's stick when dangling a carrot is enough to close the deal?" The article finishes with an example of one of the few who still preach hellfire and brimstone. The hell, you say.

God is not a monster. Satan is. Satan would like to see us all fry in hell forever. That's his punishment (Revelations 21:10) although he will not fry because he's immortal but he will be tormented forever. Not us.

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In God's plan most of us make it. Here's how. There are three resurrections (Revelations 20): first — true Christians when Jesus Christ returns; second — most of those who ever lived and never got their chance because they didn't understand the truth will be given 100 years (Isaiah 65:20) after the 1,000-year reign of Christ. Third — after the 100 years the incorrigibles will bow the knee to God and then be burned up, the second death (Revelations 20:14).

Those who are living in hell right now are the fallen angels chained in spritual darkness (tartaroo) until their judgment (II Peter. 2:4). Not us. We are to judge them (I Corinthians 6:3).

The incorrigibles are burnt up when the heavens and earth are. We spirit beings will be left and God makes a new heaven and earth (II Peter 3:7,10,13).

There's a lot more. If you are interested in your life check my page at eli3.tripod.com. Check the links section for the writings of Herbert Armstrong. In the meantime maybe the Times or some other paper will also publish an article on sin. They can give you the predicament and I can give you the answer.

By the way, you do not have an immortal soul. I will give you a million bucks if you can find "immortal soul" in the Bible. Some of us will put on immortality at the resurrection when Christ returns (I Corinthians 15). Others will be given immortality during the 1,000-year reign and after the 100-year period. Why have resurrections and judgment days if we go to our reward at death?

HAROLD REINMAN

Lucerne Valley

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