Originally Posted by old semperfi
i was always told that God is just and forgiving.i was brought up hell fire and brimstone babtist and when young i feared God.when your only five or six being told you will burn in hellfire for eternity scared me to death.i got older and a great deal more liberal in my thinking.i see God as a very understanding and forgiving God.i can not view him as someone who would punish others if they were of a different religion.they may have a different name for him but there is only one.to me i think God has many names and as long as you truely beleive there will be no punishment. old semperfi
I want you to understand it's is not Holy God that condemns. We condemn ourselves by refusing to accept God's provision for our salvation. Therefore, the "justness" of God dictates that we live throughout out eternity with the consequences of our choices.
John 3:17-19 (KJV)
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
To accept Jesus is to accept eternal life in the presence of our loving FATHER. To deny Christ's sacrifice is condemning "ourself"
to an eternity of torment separate from God.