Why does the majority of Christians believe in eternal hell?

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Just because the majority believe in the eternal hell doctrine that doesn’t make it right. The Bible is clear that hell will not be forever. For the Bible proof, check the following link: Is Hell Forever. Jesus affirms this truth saying, “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14).

The “eternal hell of torment” doctrine didn’t originate from the Bible. Unfortunately, the Protestant churches today have adopted it from the Catholic Church which tried to control the masses through fear during the dark ages and still holds this belief today. And while a fear of hell might get people’s attention, the Bible teaches that the believers are not saved by fear but by God’s grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8,9).

The problem with the eternal hell theory is not just that it is un-biblical but that it is a slander on the very nature of God who is love (1 John 4:8). The work of destroying the wicked in hellfire is so foreign to God’s nature that the Bible calls it His “unusual act” or “strange act” (Isaiah 28:21). God is not an unjust God who will punish people throughout eternity because of a life of sin that lasted about 70 years, more or less (Isaiah 61:8).

Even evil humans would not wish or do that to their own rebellious kids. Civil laws don’t even allow extended torture for the worst of criminals. Yet, we dare ascribe these inhumane actions to our Loving and just God. This is a blasphemy against Him. The devil who is the originator of this theory is attributing to God his very own thoughts towards men (1 Peter 5:8). And by accepting these ideas, we share his thinking (John 8:44).

The truth is that God’s loving heart will be pained by the destruction of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11). For He diligently works to save every soul (Luke 9:56). But if one persistently rejects His love, God will have no choice but to respect his wishes and end his life when He purifies the universe of the terrible disease of sin by the fires of hell (Romans 6:23).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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