Jehovah`s Witness/Why Is The Doctrine Of Hellfire So Repugnant?
Why is Christendom's doctrine of Hellfire so repugnant, especially to True Christians?
For several reasons.
And these are:
1. It never came up in God's mind and heart.
"They have built the high places of Toʹpheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinʹnom, in order to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, something that I had not commanded and that had never even come into my heart." (Jeremiah 7:31)
2. God is the very essence of Love.
"Whoever does not love has not come to know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:8)
Do you find it repugnant and unreasonable that God would forever torture humans, keeping them in excruciating pain? If God is Love why then will he do such a fiendish thing?
Thus such idea is contrary to the God of the Bible, for “God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
Hence Hellfire is not a Bible teaching!!!
The very idea of eternal torment is repugnant to God. In fact His ULTIMATE punishment for the wicked is to revoke the gift of life. An everlasting non-existence(Jeremiah 7:31; Romans 6:7)
Knowing these simple truth helps us to draw close to Him!
And knowing that Jehovah is always “ready to forgive” and not quick to condemn.(Psalm 86:5) draws us even CLOSER to Him.
Hence we need not serve God out of feelings of guilt or a morbid dread of punishment. Instead, we can build our faith with the best motive of all, that of LOVE of Jehovah. Such love serves as an uplifting force that moves us to do our best to please him.Matthew 22:36-38; 1 John 5:3.
Hellfire on the other hand makes us fear Him and draws us away from Him.
THE SOURCE OF THE HELLFIRE TEACHING
"Clearly, references to Sheol and Hades in the Scriptures do not support the doctrine of a fiery hell. Admitting that it is not Christian and even contradicts the spirit of Christianity, the Catholic periodical Commonweal (January 15, 1971) notes:
“For many people, some philosophers included, hell answers a need of the human imagination—a sort of Santa Claus in reverse. . . . Who among the righteous doesn’t like to see the unjust get punished with some equity? And if not in this life, why not in the next? Such a view, however, is not compatible with the New Testament, which invites man to life and to love.”
Then this magazine goes on to show probable sources of this doctrine, saying:
“Another element that might have contributed to the traditional Christian concept of hell can be found in the Roman world. Just as intrinsic immortality was a premise in a major part of Greek philosophy, justice was a primary virtue among the Romans, particularly when Christianity began to thrive. . . . The wedding of these two minds—the philosophical Greek and judicial Roman—might well have brought about the theological symmetry of heaven and hell: if the good soul is rewarded, then the bad soul is punished. To confirm their belief in justice for the unjust, the Romans merely had to pick up Virgil’s Aeneid and read about the blessed in Elysium and the damned in Tartarus, which was surrounded by fire and overflowing with the panic of punishment."
The teaching about a fiery hell is thus acknowledged to be a belief shared by persons alienated from God. It can rightly be designated as a ‘teaching of demons.’ (1 Timothy 4:1) This is so because it has its source in the falsehood that man does not really die, and it mirrors the morbid, vicious and cruel disposition of the demons. (Compare Mark 5:2-13.) Has not this doctrine needlessly filled people with dread and horror? Has it not grossly misrepresented God? In his Word, Jehovah reveals himself to be a God of love. (1 John 4:8) But the teaching about a fiery hell slanders him, falsely accusing him of the worst cruelties imaginable.
Those teaching the hellfire doctrine are therefore saying blasphemous things against God. While some clergymen may not be familiar with the Biblical evidence, they should be. They represent themselves as speaking God’s message and therefore are under obligation to know what the Bible says. They certainly know full well that what they do and say can deeply affect the lives of those who look to them for instruction. That should cause them to be careful in making sure of their teaching. Any misrepresentation of God can turn people away from true worship, to their injury.
There can be no question that Jehovah God does not look with approval upon false teachers. To unfaithful religious leaders of ancient Israel, he pronounced the following judgment: “I . . . for my part, shall certainly make you to be despised and low to all the people, according as you were not keeping my ways.” (Malachi 2:9) We can be sure that like judgment will come upon false religious teachers of our time. The Bible indicates that they will soon be stripped of their position and influence by the political elements of the world. (Revelation 17:15-18) As for those who continue to support religious systems teaching lies, they will fare no better. Jesus Christ said: “If . . . a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”—Matthew 15:14.
That being the case, would you want to continue supporting any religious system that teaches a fiery hell? How would you feel if your father had been maliciously slandered? Would you continue to accept the slanderers as your friends? Would you not, rather, cut off all association with them? Should we not likewise want to break off all association with those who have slandered our heavenly Father?
Fear of torment is not the proper motivation for serving God. He desires that our worship be motivated by love. This should appeal to our hearts. Our realizing that the dead are not in a place filled with screaming anguish in blazing fires, but, rather, are unconscious in the silent and lifeless common grave of dead mankind can remove a barrier to our expressing such love for God."-- ts chap. 11 pp. 95-98 Is Hell Hot?---
So do you still believe that Hellfire exist?
If you do, then you've been lied to.