I really don't think you grasp fully the cut and thrust of the two statements I made. I hope someone does.Ending up in hell is the choice of the individual -- all of us either accept or reject the salvation made possible through the shed blood of Christ on calvary.
God is the only know who knows who will or who won't accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
We are told to share the Gospel unto salvation with all who will listen.
The eternal torment is only reserved for the devil, beast and false prophet. All of the other unrepentant sinners are simply destroyed (soul and body) and wiped from existence. How long the wiping from existence will take is not clear, but it will certainly be a very painful and possibly long process for sinners which is why Jesus said there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. But the destruction of both body and soul will not take forever. There is no such thing as eternal torment for mortal flesh and blood, that is a fable taught by RCC, possibly inspired by Satan himself because that is his own plight and he wants to portray God as a merciless tyrant so people will be discouraged from seeking Him.I just made a pretty good comment on a different hell related thread. It just came to me out of no where and I really don't know why it did. But it does beg an answer. Why could an all knowing all powerful all loving god not simply take all unrepentant sinners under his wing... as Jesus did with Saul.. And simply re educate them?
It's a good question and it more than deserves an answer.
Most people are just victims of circumstances
No one wants to think that Bad , Negative consequences will last Forever. In This world - people Do die physical deaths. They are eased out of misery.Did you read through the whole thread on hell? It doesn't get to a firm conclusion, but you can see that there's a very lively debate about the nature of hell. The idea of eternal torment is not as clear in the Bible as most assume.
Especially Jesus talking about 'gehenna' Gehenna was a valley outside Jerusalem that was thought of as accursed. Jesus was using this metaphor to talk about judgement in this world, not the next.
God is just. If a man steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving family, I'm assured that God in his wisdom and goodness can deal with that.
I will start with what the Bible say: The penalty for sin is death. Once when you are born into sin..you age grow old and die. And once when your name is not in the book of life if you are thrown into a lake of fire you will die very quickly. The first death applies to everyone.And he shall wipe the tear from every eye. And forsake no one..... So what about the poor souls destined for eternal hell fire and ultimate torments for all eternity? .... Its always bothered me... it still does and I guess it always will.!