Une lettre de l'ENFER . A letter from HELL.

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Hell, unpopular as it is to modern people, is real. The Orthodox Church understands hell as a place of eternal torment for those who willfully reject the grace of God. Our Lord once said, "If your hand makes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched - where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:44-45). He challenged the religious hypocrites with the question: "How can you escape the condemnation of hell?" (Matthew 23:33). His answer is, "God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved" (John 3:17). There is a day of judgement coming, and there is a place of punishment for those who have hardened their hearts against God. It does make a difference how we will live this life. Those who of their own free will reject the grace and mercy of God must forever bear the consequences of that choice.

Heaven is the place of God's throne, beyond time and space. It is the abode of God's angels, as well as of the saints who have passed from this life. We pray, "Our Father, who art in heaven." Though Christians live in this world, they belong to the kingdom of heaven, and that kingdom is their true home. But heaven is not only for the future. Neither is it some distant place billions of light years away in a nebulous "great beyond." For the Orthodox, heaven is part of Christian life and worship. The very architecture of an Orthodox Church building is designed so that the building itself participates in the reality of heaven. The Eucharist is heavenly worship, heaven on earth. St. Paul teaches that we are raised up with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), "fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19). At the end of the age, a new heaven and a new earth will be revealed (Revelation 21:1).

2 commentaires

The seemingly not so obvious question lingers...

What about tribal people???!!!

What about the natives who have never heard of Christianity and who go their entire lives without ever having heard of it?

I suppose since God made this world, he made them too and just essentially throws people into the hellfire everyday, even though they have NEVER heard of christianity?

What god could do this and be loving?

What god could submit his children to THIS as the price of salvation, and BE loving?

If this were the case, God would be cruel.

But fear and God do not go together, for one is true, and the other false. I'll let you guess which one =].

I wish you all Salvation and release from fear.

Take heart, dear brothers, forgive the world, and we shall all return home!

Par Cesar Laser il y a 5 ans
The seemingly not so obvious question lingers...

What about tribal people???!!!

What about the natives who have never heard of Christianity and who go their entire lives without ever having heard of it?

I suppose since God made this world, he made them too and just essentially throws people into the hellfire everyday, even though they have NEVER heard of christianity?

What god could do this and be loving?

What god could submit his children to THIS as the price of salvation, and BE loving?

If this were the case, God would be cruel.

But fear and God do not go together, for one is true, and the other false. I'll let you guess which one =].

I wish you all Salvation and release from fear.

Take heart, dear brothers, forgive the world, and we shall all return home!

Par Cesar Laser il y a 5 ans