When most people speak of Heaven or Hell, they have fuzzy thinking at best, and despicable presumptions at worst.
This is, in part, the fault of those who revile religious information on actual Hell, being judgmentally, critically, viciously, cruelly, and harshly condemnatory against "hellfire-and-brimstone preachers" and "Bible-thumpers." Further consideration of the slander of such accursed assholes, who mis-believe that their doubts and disbelief, their taunts and blattering, are sufficient to override and eradicate the hellfire words of Jesus Christ, is needless and senseless, and will not be elaborated upon here.
For example, Hell is not synonymous with some frequently-burning gehenna garbage pit over in the Middle East.
Some mis-assert that war is "hell." War is not synonymous with Hell, because war is temporary and takes place within significant environmental conditions Hell does not have nor ever will have.
Hell is something not of this world, and nothing in this world can begin to compare with actual Hell. What eye has not seen and what ear has not heard, God has prepared for those who hate Him.
To try to describe in human language what Hell is really like would involve use of such phraseology as being incinerated alive continuously, or like being doused with gasoline and set afire over and over (thus in never-ending torture), like being in an underground cave with all the lights switched off, and being in constant solitary confinement where there is wailing, cursing, and irrevocable non-relenting regret, accentuated by the perpetual fiery torment.
Here is some of what the Lord and His Scripture say about Hell:
Isaiah 50:11 Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who set brands alight! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the brands which you have kindled! This shall you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.
Matthew 25:41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
Mark 9:48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
Luke 16:23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luke 16:24 And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.'
Luke 16:26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'
2Thessalonians 1:9 They shall suffer the punishment of eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur.
Revelation 20:10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire;
Revelation 20:15 and if any one's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Who will be in everlasting Hell?
Those who presume that it is not wrong nor a big deal to occasionally make an allegedly "understandable" human error or mistake such as a little "not-that-harmful" shoplifting, cheating on tests, swearing with vulgarity while angrily using God's name in vain, telling dirty stories to get laughs, inflicting a little terroristic mischief against someone or their property, getting tattooed and pierced, doing a little lustful kissing and necking and petting without being married, enjoying a little masturbation-causing porn now and then, relish telling a half-lie, being dressed somewhat immodestly during warm days pertaining to mopheaded hairstyle and inadequate armwear and legwear and footwear (such as wearing sandals and flipflops wthout socks and thus exposing toes in general public view), smoking a cigarette now and then to show off how smart-ass worldly and impiously irreligious one is, doing a little gossipping, sarcastically reviling or condemning or accusing someone without bonafide justification, tailgating impatiently or speeding over the limit to despise law-enforcement authority and respect for such, arrogantly asserting that women are equal with men and should maliciously compete against them, being tolerant with homogay belligerance, mindlessly promoting and declaring the myth of heretical evolutionism with hatred against creationism and creationists, seeing nothing wrong in committing abortion homicide and supporting so-called "rights" of those who use weaselwords like "pro-choice" and "reproductive freedom" and "clinics" and "doctors" and "birth control" with reference to the supposed "it" and not "he" nor "she" within the womb, etc.
Will any of the above be in Heaven? They will not, nor would they want to be!
Will "you're-forgiven/God-forgives-you-in-unconditional-love-anyway," "only-God-is-perfect-so-don't-sweat-it" repeat offenders who casually tell others to "just let it slide" and "don't get hungup about it with a self-destructive guilt trip" be in Heaven, or want to be in Heaven? Absolutely not!
How about those who recognize even the slightest sin as not acceptable, who want and intend to never sin ever again?
Matthew 22:1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son,
3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.
4 Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, Hey, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.'
5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.'
10 And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment;
12 and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.
13 Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'
14 For many are called, but few are chosen."
Matthew 7:21 "Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Luke 6:46 "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?
Last night I heard lecturer Brian Young of the creationist group TCCSA state that there is no such thing as "race" pertaining human beings.
Now, I had always believed that all of us human lifeforms had a common ancestor lineage with Adam and Eve, of course, and even that everyone's more recent ancestors all stepped off The Ark together back in the days of Noah's Worldwide Flood. But it never occurred to me that the different colors of skin, eye-fold dissimilarities, nose and mouth varieties, etc. of those of the same human "kind" (I won't use the word: species) generally congregrated in localized geographical areas on Earth did NOT constitute different and unique "races."
That sort of shocked me, being that I remember seeing in federal and state forms the phrase: "State your Race - whether white, black, asian..." and so on. So I did some research, and here is is:
Contrast the Revised Standard Version wordings with the King James 21 Version in the only passages where the word "race" is used by the RSV in the entire Bible:
Ezra 9:2 (RSV) For they have taken some of their daughters to be wives for themselves and for their sons; so that the holy race has mixed itself with the peoples of the lands....
Ezra 9:2 (KJ21) For they have taken their daughters for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands
Acts 7:19 (RSV) He dealt craftily with our race....
Acts 7:19 (KJ21) He dealt craftily with our kindred....
Romans 9:3 (RSV) For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen by race.
Romans 9:5 (RSV) to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ. God who is over all be blessed for ever. Amen.
Romans 9:3 (KJ21) For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,
Romans 9:5 (KJ21) of whom are the fathers, and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
1Peter 2:9 (RSV) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people....
1Peter 2:9 (KJ21) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.....
So now we all know one source concocting and perpetuating this peculiar case of errant semantics which has infiltrated and been engrained into misworded government forms, pertaining to imposition of the wrong word "race" instead of the words that should rather be used. Oh well, as one who grew up with the mixed-bag RSV, I learn something new every day.
And now I know why the ladies of the RSV-questioning Baptist Bible study group objected to my referring to "Jews" (whether patriarchal blood descendants, or those either Hebrew or non-Hebrew who are circumcized in the heart and not necessarily flesh) as: "the Master Race."
Creationist Brian Young also startled me by stating that there is no such thing as "prehistoric," being that the Bible records things created in the Old-Testament book of Genesis right from the beginning, before which history there was nothing historical to record and thus comprise history. Damn the brainwashing and misconceptions of heretical miswordings and false concepts concocted and mouthed by accursedly deviant and demented evolutionists and their ilk!
Thank God for phone operators of businesses and government who answer customer queries in good old TV-and-radio-newscaster English, instead of foreign-dialect-influenced hispanic, ebonic, or asian non-comprehendable jibberish.
Down with commercial entities who have some automated feminist voice come on with something like: "Now, what is your problem? Speak clearly into the phone and I will direct your call." - with or without a frustrating merry-go-round of almost-endless voicemail options following. Praise Jesus for direct and friendly, non-critical/non-condemnatory, live-person operators who talk easily-understood newscaster-like non-foreigner-uttered English....and screw both demonic "non-discrimination" and satanic "diversity."
Getting back to the weird concept of "race," it would not be in anyone's best interests to force another person to marry or even continuously associate with a person of a different amount of melanin (resulting in various degrees of skin coloration) in them....if that anyone did not want it to be so. Mandatory integration can result in people getting stabbed or shot.
It is not possible to define what a "Christian" is, just as it is impossible to say about a preborn babe that it is a boy or girl. A human being, made in the non-animal image of God (with a soul and not merely a body and spirit), is never a "what" nor an "it," but instead is to be properly designated with the gender pronoun of either "he" or "she."
Who is a Christian?
To be a Christian, one must be intrinsically HONEST. Honest about the existence of things around him or her, that he or she themselves nor their ancestors did not created and could not have created it all, that such natural phenomena obviously have intelligent design and are beautiful and powerful and innovatively created plus stable and consistent and extensive, besides being non-stoppable and trustworthy.
They are frankly, forthrightly, and shamelessly honest about the existence of The HOLY BIBLE (the Sacred-66-books Judeo-Christian Scripture), and not arrogantly, presumptuously, and falsely discount nor dispute the contents therein without first prepared to cite irrefuable proof.
They are honest to admit that neither they nor any other wayward human has verifiable authority to discredit whatever in the Bible they cannot fully understand or have a hard time believing, and they must accept and like the fact that the Creator (as described in Scripture) is greater than they themselves and any other human being other than the God-man Divinely-human Architect of the Universe and Master-Jew Savior and Lord (Jesus) mentioned in Scripture....and they increasingly comply with ALL His sundry directives and imperatives and commands for acceptable living always and in everything with the assured promise and threat of irrevocable damnation for any and all violations committed and not performed.
The evidence of that innate and intrinsic compliance with reality in all its myriad aspects will become more and more evident by displayed "fruits of the Spirit" (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness) more and more consistently exhibited to others and notably to those who deserve to be exhibited with such. The telltale icing on the cake as to who is a genuine and authentic "Christian" will be a frequently-spoken and proseliting witness for Jesus as Redeemer while proclaiming His gospel to others and teaching them to observe and do all that He has commanded them.....without substitutionary recourse to stifling self-righteousness and suppression caused by loveless legalistic ritualism and harshly-indiscriminate, play-it-by-the-book, humanistic and egotistical tyranny - rife and reeking with caprecious manmade rules.
Heaven will be populated only with those who are and like such fruits of the Spirit, and completely devoid of those who in contrast hate and despise such fruits and those associated with such relentlessly righteous and holy behavior. As Christ Himself inferred, there will be many who will rather be confined and content in fiery torment in outer darkness forever, and merely a remnant who will instead be saved and in the absolute, 24/7, non-selfish and non-questioning, non-impudent perfection of (plus non-deceitful non-immoral service within) Heaven.
- Yours +