How does one answer an ordinary working guy who asks…“Why doesn’t the Math add up if one
is sentenced to Hell for Trillions and Trillions of Years, and then some…for around 80 Years or so
years of a regular workin’ life of a nice guy who rarely ever did anything Bad, but wasn’t
Good Question, 80 Years or so of Life…Then Death…then Trillions and Trillions of Years to Infinity of Hell?
I’m a relatively new Believer myself, but this question is VERY tough, and I converted holding my nose
because of all the Television Charlatans out there that give Christianity the worst name, yet
I converted anyway because Islam was out of the question, Mormonism doesn’t appeal, and
Buddha is just plain creepy.
Bruce Lee was an icon to Millions, another good guy, but according to the tenets of Christianity,
he goes to Hell for eternity in exchange for only 32 years of his life because he wasn’t Christian.
Just another example, I liked Bruce alot lol, anyway I CANNOT answer that main question,
This is not the answer this question deserves, but I’d urge you to think about just what the afterlife is. We inhabit a physical reality. There is absolutely no way for us to even imagine existing in the absence of time. Yet, Heaven and Hell are necessarily metaphysical, and thereby exist outside of, or, perhaps, “above” time.
So, physically, we may spend 2 or 32 but usually not much more than 80 years here. Once you cross over to the other side, however, time itself ceases to exist, at least in the way we understand it existing here.
As far as the punishment fitting the crime, well, we are all offered the same option. The problem is not the amount of time we take to make the decision (to accept Christ), but if we say yes or not. In that sense, the decision, too, is made free of the constraints of time. Whether you decide to accept Christ at 5 or 105 isn’t really the issue. It’s that you DO freely accept him as your savior.
Further, this whole notion that ‘According to Christianity he is going to hell’ is simply not true nor is it a Christian tenet. NO WHERE in the scriptures does it say such a thing. It does say God judges the heart and the deed. Anybody who claims to know God’s mind is a fool. Nobody knows anybody’s fate because they don’t know the mind of God and the purpose of that person in his plan.
You really have tow choices, to open your heart to God or to close it. What God does with an open heart is between that person and God.
Christians we believe, are blessed because we have the Word opened to us through Christ. Which also means we have a great responsibility to live it.
You have to go beyond what people say about it and see what it actually says.
Pat, you aren’t denying the reality of eternal punishment, are you? That would be a biblically indefensible position. You are simply saying that we cannot know who will or will not receive such a punishment, right?[/quote]
Your second question is correct. We don’t know who is damned or who is saved. I certainly do NOT deny the reality of eternal punishment. I didn’t mean to come across that way, only that we, the people don’t know the mind of God and he reason and purpose for each person, or their eventual end. I am admonishing those who pretend to know. Those who use the scriptures to overstep their bounds. Not only do they over step their bounds but they do harm to God and his people by trying to play God in their judgement of what they think, God thinks.