The use of the words "punishment for crime" are metaphorical, which is why Hell is described as a prison in the Bible.
The message of the Bible is also not "turn to God or else". It is "You have a choice, one choice which leads to Heaven and another which leads to Hell. You make that choice by your desires. Continue to live as a slave to your desires and you will end up in Hell".
Finally, Hell is not described as "aggressively terrifying and unpleasant" in the Bible, but simply as a place to avoid at all costs. In light of the fact that Hell represents an complete loss of hope, that alone is reason enough to want to avoid it.
FirstSunday33ad, Theology Web 1 Comments
[7/30/2005 12:00:00 AM]
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