The Fruit of the Teaching of Hell

The Doctrine of Hell Terrorizes!

By Gary Amirault

 

Below are testimonies of individuals who had been exposed to the teaching of a Hell of everlasting torment and what destruction it caused in their lives. These testimonies can easily be multiplied by the hundreds of millions. The truly "Good News" is to "bring joy to all peoples." Obviously, the "Good News" that God delivers SOME from eternal damnation is NOT "Good News" to all people. See what the teaching of Hell has done in these people's lives and decide for yourself: Did the teaching of salvation from a place called Hell bring them joy? Or did it terrorize them? And if it terrorized them, could the teaching actually be from God? Is God the great terrorist in the sky as some religions and mythologies have depicted Him? Those of you who are presently teaching Hell, see what your participation in this hideous doctrine has done to countless masses of people throughout the ages. I am speaking to Christians, Jews, Moslems and any other religion that teaches a God who will allow human beings to be endlessly tortured after death, but primarily to Christians. Please, for God's sake, take some time out of your busy schedule and think this through. Careful study of the Scriptures and the early church will reveal the teaching of Hell as being Satan's best concealed LIE!

Hell Christians Less Compassoniate Than Non-believers!

I am going through a personal family crisis at the moment and I am dismayed at my religious family members who do not seem to have real Christ-like compassion for what my twin brother, Dwight, is going through. It just seems to me that their belief in a god (small 'g" intentional) who will eternally torment most of humanity has hardened their hearts. I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that people who believe in this kind of god lack a true Christ-like quality of compassion. I've been noticing more compassion for my brother among non-christians.

Traditional christians (small 'c' intended) in our family perform religious acts like going to church and tithing, etc. but lack the compassion of Christ.

My twin brother, Dwight, is suffering terribly from the effect of an auto-immune disorder, and from the effects of medication, for over a decade now. My religious family members feel that he is not handling his own situation well--easy enough to say when you're not the one suffering, which lines up with how they don't really feel for those who are supposedly going to be tormented forever. My one christian brother was so insensitive that he told my sick brother "if I was going through what you are going through I would have handled it better". This lack of true feeling makes me understand how most christians callously consign most of humanity to eternal torment. At the moment, my brother, not being able to bear much more, has made several suicide attempts and is in the Mental Health Ward as I write this. It is unbearable that family members would "know" somehow that he was burning in hell after he killed himself and that his suffering now is nothing in comparison...

How the Teaching of Hell Terrorizes People

One person who thought this through had this to say after carefully thinking through what he was taught regarding Hell:

"Perhaps this won't be so well thought out, but here goes. I just saw this and decided to respond. First off, the teaching of Hell most importantly keeps us from loving God. How can one honestly love a god who would punish people eternally for any reason at all? That kind of a god is barbaric, evil, and unforgiving. That kind of god is Satan himself. Well, as for me, that theory of hell was one of the things that turned me away from the traditional church. People who believe in the concept of hell are selfish. They want to think that they themselves, with their awesome free will choice, have chosen heaven, while others who don't make that same choice roast in hell. And worse yet, they believe that God would rather mankind have free will, even if that very free will would condemn that person to hell.

"Now I happen to think that this teaching has caused more people to become atheists than any other. Most people who are sensitive and who love others realize that if God asks us to love and forgive but then throws people into eternal torment, He can't be very loving or very good Himself. And so then the next step is believing that this God that they hear about isn't real. After all, how many Christians are honestly fearful of the Muslim hell? They don't fear it because they don't believe in it. So many people want nothing at all to do with Jesus Christ and that is because of the hypocrites who preach this lie be they Muslim hypocrites or Christian hypocrites or Jewish hypocrites. I think there can be nothing worse than telling a lie in the name of Christ though. And how can a person really truly love Jesus Christ, and then think that He is the author of eternal torment. Forgive me for my angry tone, but I think that is what some of us should do. We should get angry about this and tell people out there the truth. If we don't do this, who will? Maybe we might get laughed at or maybe we might get shunned. Who cares? I tell everyone, from children to adults, that there is no hell, and I don't care what they think of me. I am used to be persecuted for this belief. But here is the thing, if you really believe something to be true, you can't help but be angry at the lies being told. So this is how this teaching of hell has effected me. I am a changed person because I now know the truth, and the truth has set me free. And to be a friend of this world is to be an enemy of God so I count my persecution as gain." Endquote.

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When I was seven my stepmother lit a fire in a beaker and said to me, "If you don't open your heart's door to Jesus and invite Him in, God is going to put you into a fire much bigger and hotter than that after you die and He will never ever let you get out of it."

So in my heart I prayed the way she said that I had to. Awhile later she said it's obvious that you still are not saved because you are still such a bad boy. At that point in time I felt totally hopeless, and I was sure that God had given up on me.

My Dad used to beat me with a bamboo cane repeatedly shouting "In Jesus Name, in Jesus Name," until the welts on my legs would bleed. He told me that it was easy to tell at an early age that I was going to go to hell. Then they both sent me away to a foster home because they could no longer cope with my bad behavior. My real mother had died giving birth to me. My Dad's second wife had died at child birth too but the child did not live either. So at the age of seven I became convinced that everyone had given up on me, including God.

Later, at the age of 28 (I'm 67 now) I began a twelve year nervous breakdown over my inability to successfully emotionally cope with the idea that God lets any creature suffer forever. I was only able to recover by gradually learning that there are no verses in the Bible that teach endless suffering in hell for anyone. See

http://www.tentmaker.org/books/BibleThreateningsExplained.html

From Rodger Tutt in Toronto , Canada

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Hi there. I recently found this website after knowing about the book for a while through Tentmaker.org. Hope to get it soon. I might really need to read it. Like you i lost a 'non saved' father....Just last year actually. He died at 78 in August. I have been in torment ever since - just can't get any peace - long story - but i've been a christian for 24 yrs but my dad was always a stubborn man who just never opened up to the gospel. He was a nice man though but stuck in his long term views. I had to be hospitalized in April cos ever since my dad died i feel like i'm going to 'hell' - even though i've been searching out this 'universalism' path for a few years i suddenly went back to my 'arminianism' ways when dad got sick and thought everything was up to me...I prayed and prayed etc but nothing happenend and my dad died...but worse i just could not ask dad to believe in God in his last week as i was so afraid he might not say yes or that i felt it was all up to me.... Anyway i could go on an on....but hope to get book through Amazon fairly soon. Please respond if you can. Thankyou

I had a nervous breakdown too. Actually, two of them - the first one at 21 (not hospitalized) and the second one at 31 (hosptialized) both due to a constant dread that my loved ones were going to spend eternity in hell because they were not "born again." (What a horrible way to live, thanks to "traditional church.")

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My name is xxxxxx.  I am a second-year graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying chemistry.  I have had a very unique experience during last October, which was an indwelling of a malevolent spirit, which is still within me.  Can I ask whether there is reconciliation between the AntiChrist and God, and between the False Prophet and God?  I would hope that there is reconciliation and that I won't have to spend an eternity in the lake of fire away from my family and friends.  Thank you for your time and consideration. 

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The words my son spoke cut me like a knife and I will never forget them:

"Daddy, I try to be a good boy, but I can't be good like you. The devil is going to take me down to hell with him and I'll never see you and mommy any more."

He believed in his heart that if some people weren't going to make it, it could be him.

I had already started studying about the love of God and the salvation of all mankind just previous to this, but had not yet shared it with my son. That night I shared the true Gospel with him and swore I would never go back to a life of false teaching and fear. That night I allowed my little boy to be a child again, and allowed myself to have the faith of a little child also. NO church will ever take that away from us.

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Before I met the evangelicals I had thought Jesus liked me just as much as I liked him. Now they told me squarely that He hated me, that He had prepared an endless hell of suffering for me and would send me there if I wasn't born again. It was a shock like finding out your beloved husband is planning to murder you!

I guess you have heard this story a thousand times already. I have forgiven those people and don't want to be reminded of them. I lived with them for years in constant fear and oppression, years in which I was constantly afraid of the "invisible forces" around me and afraid of God, who - as evangelical literature has it - loves to send all sorts of dreadful unhappiness to his children and then demand that they praise Him all the same. It seemed to me that, born again or not, punishment was my fate.

First God had punished me because of my sin, now he punished me to "make me grow in the Lord". I never dared to say it out loud, but I had the growing feeling that "free grace" was like a loan. First they hand you a lot of money, and then you pay interest the rest of your life, much more than you originally received. They had a saying "the devil promises much, gives little and takes all." To me it seemed that was equally true of Jesus: He had promised me "life, and life abundantly", had given me very little and taken away all the joy and pleasure I might have had in life. I grew to hate him, but I also was very much afraid of him, so I would go on praying and testifying. I gave witness to my friends, but secretly hoped that none of those dear, interesting and friendly people would become a born again

X-ian, all saccharine sweet smiles and icy cold eyes. Sometimes I wished I were an animal, who would one day die and know no more.

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"Your teachings (not that they are "yours") have changed my life. After putting up with the doubletalk and confusion I experienced in a Baptist church (which I point out was a church full of intelligent and lovely people for whom I still have admiration and respect) I just found it harder and harder to keep the ideas together in my mind. My suspicion is that Christians encounter reality in Jesus Christ, which is something so real that even when their theology causes them confusion and angst, they choose to withstand the trauma and dilemma because they think that to do otherwise would be tantamount to forsaking their faith. They cope amidst theological crisis generated by hell by adopting beliefs such as: “God is chastening me”, “God is mysterious, I am a mere man”, “I must have more faith”, “it does not need to make sense” etc., or worse, they see their intellectual suffering as being a form of spiritual maturity even though it is simply a consequence of the diabolical ideas they have of God.

If a person genuinely believes in the doctrine of eternal torment and is prepared to accept the double talk of many teachers such as “God is love, but He is also holy” i.e. “Look out, it is not all Good News!”, then it takes the scope for emotional suffering to a level beyond what people can cope with. I can personally attest to the fact that if a person genuinely believes that they or a loved one is going to hell, they go insane, become cold and indifferent, become dissociative or develop some other coping mechanism. So much for the Truth setting one free…

As a case on point, one person I have known since my childhood, a highly intelligent bible translator, has battled with severe mental illness for years and I am quite suspicious this is partly because of his views of God and Jesus. I believe he has experienced the reality of the Jesus, but I believe he has developed layers of thinking and adopted highly complicated yet convoluted theological beliefs in an effort to settle his troubled mind (he is an ardent Calvinist by the way, and a huge fan of Spurgeon and Rushdoony). People see him as wise and a man of great integrity, yet he made an attempt on his own life in the 1980s, and was also hospitalised 8 years ago because he was suicidal...

The doctrine of hell allows people to act in this way without reservation, because they look at the perceived stakes (eternal bliss or eternal torment) and conclude that all behaviours are acceptable in obeying God’s mandate or obedience (i.e. following the Law). Love and grace somehow become less important than “God’s Law”, and the result is truly toxic. It also creates Christians that are split, as they cannot keep all the laws, so they pick and choose ones which they can uphold better than the others. I suspect this is why certain sins are more accepted in the church than others. If you swear or cuss, that is treated severely because people can learn to not swear without particular effort. If on the other hand you treat your wife badly, that is considered a more difficult sin to deal with and is rarely attacked with the same fervour (in my short experience).

This person now blogs frequently on social decay in the Western World and preaches that our society must implement God’s Law or face doom. He condemns abortion, which is patently hypocritical for reasons I will not divulge (he also secretly empathises with the plight of the shooter in Norway). I do not feel angry at him, I actually feel sorry for him, and I feel shame at my own life when I look at his. I have the same tendencies to be legalistic and hypocritical and had it not been for Tentmaker, I would have gone down exactly the same path. That is, had I maintained a belief in eternal torment, I would have felt perfectly justified in being an absolute tyrant in my dealings with my loved ones (“There are more important and pressing things at stake – the world is going to hell!”). It would not (and did not) produce kindness or mercy in me; it did (and would have continued to) do the opposite!

I hope I have not wasted your time in writing to you at length, but I suspect you get tired of personal attacks and outright aggression towards your teachings (I once told my bible group about universalism, and it was met with resistance or silence from nearly all of them). Please keep in mind that I strongly suspect your website may have prevented my own suicide, and more likely prevented me from becoming completely insane from the terror and fear of hell.

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I am currently a recovering "mainstream Christian."  I was born again a little over 8 years ago, and since then always believed that like it or not, every non-sincere Christian on Earth was going to hell.  This teaching still affects me today and I believe hinders everyone who believes in it from truly loving God because they are taught that God's holiness and hatred of sin somehow outweighs His love for us.  In reality, God's hatred for sin is BECAUSE of His love for us, because sin causes Him and all of us nothing but misery.  I still have the attitude of "too good to be true" and other similar beliefs virtually engraved in my heart, and I know it will take time to recover and discover the true wonder and completeness of God's love, so any encouraging words, stories, etc. are appreciated.

One of the hardest ideas I had to come to grips with as an ET believer was that as sinners, everyone "deserved to burn in hell for their sins." Imagine what it felt like to believe that. Just for being Adam and Eve's great great...grandchildren, everyone in the world deserved nothing less than to spend eternity in a place that would make Auschwitz look like a summer camp - including myself, my friends, my 6-month old cousin, and you. I'm grateful now that I see this depressing and destructive doctrine for what it is. No wonder many commit suicide over this doctrine. If it were true, does it mean that the victims of 9/11, the Holocaust, Hurricane Katrina, etc., not only deserved the horrible death and suffering they received, but also infinitely more misery, just for screwing up a few times in life? Interesting that its usually the same group of conservative Christians who say "all life is sacred" yet turn around and say "you're a filthy rotten disgusting sinner who deserves nothing but punishment from now till the end of time." If God created us in His own image, He would've given us a sense of justice similar to His own, so if eternal punishment for a finite amount of sin seems unreasonable to us, it's probably unreasonable to Him, too. A central concept in Christianity is that God is our Father, and like any good Father, He disciplines his children. But any good parental discipline is meant to correct and better a child, not just to punish him for the hell of it. The doctrine of ET makes God seem more like, say, the Columbine gunmen, who believed that responding to the "sins" their classmates committed against them with completely disproportional wrath was just. Fortunately, the real God is far from that in His concept of justice.

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When I was coming out of the cult experience a few years ago that dominated my life, and as I felt myself needing to find the God who was really and truly the saviour of ALL, there was one thought that kept niggling at my brain.

I was tortured to the point of suicide, because I could not resolve in myself how to love a God who would torment or annihilate my fellow human beings who got to the end without 'passing the test' by choosing God! I had "God cannot violate our 'free will'" rammed down my throat and it was making me sick and I just wanted to die!

I kept thinking about my two sons. Not about them being without their mother - because at the time I was so tortured I was making life hell for my family, but I kept thinking about how much I have loved them since before they were born, how much these two lives meant to me, how precious they are, warts and all! And I kept thinking "What kind of God would I be entrusting them to if I go?" And it broke my heart. I wept and wept every time this thought overwhelmed me, because I hadn't yet found anyone who believed and taught God, the saviour of all.

I was SO ANGRY, that I had to turn my children over to this God who would torment them or annihilate them forever IF THEY FAILED!

It is indeed, GOD'S CHARACTER that this is all about isn't it? It is about who He is.

To someone "out there" who may be being tormented in their heart and mind just as I was - that is a very important message. And there may be someone out there who needs to hear - for the first time in their life - about the true character of God, the God who doesn't give up on any of us, who wouldn't think of abandoning us to our sick and distorted 'free wills', and who will heal us of every misconception and lie that we have ever been taught and believed. Via con Dios everyone Leenie

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I have thought for some years now that it is a scar in the mind to believe that Jesus was tortured at the end of his life, only that sinners could be tortured for all of eternity at the end of their life. The belief in an eternal Hell is a disfigured tattoo within the mind of those who accept it, which needs to be removed. It is a mental imprint which molds the entire belief system of any tattooed with it. I once met a young Lady in Alabama who was forced to go in front of her church to ask for forgiveness for becoming pregnant. The Pastor told her if she did not do this, that she would burn in hell for all of eternity. This was some twenty years ago, before I even knew of Gods truth on this subject. She came to me and asked what she should do, I was married and attended the same church with my wife of back then, who was a member of this church. I had already disagreed with some of their teachings already, which was well known by their Leadership and some members. Whatever reason the young Lady came to me, I am unsure, but I told her that forgiveness comes from God, not public confession. I advised her not to do it. The church later asked both me and the young lady not to attend any more.

I don't know what became of the young Lady, but this experience put a bad taste in my mind toward churches that teach things that place the human mind in bondage. That taste, has never left me, and God used it to remove the tattoo of hell in my mind.

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I went to the Lord in my agony of spirit and told Him that if there was such a place where people will eternally be tormented and tortured, than I asked Him to PLEASE TAKE ME INSTEAD OF MY BOYS. (I have 3 sons)

I cried out to Him over a period of about a week concerning this and I was as honest about this as I could ever be. I mean, I really would VERY GLADLY go to this abominable place for eternity than see my precious, deeply loved sons go. I would take their place with NO hesitation!

So, in my agony, I reached out to my trusty computer and typed in "hell." Lo and behold, it brings me to a paper entitled "Can This Be True" and other works by J. Preston Eby.

Well, I couldn't believe my eyes! As I read I had to stop from time to time because of the tears and gut sobs of incredulity intermixed with surprising bursts of laughter.

I kind of felt a little insane. I mean, could this really be true?!

Could it be, Lord, could it be? My world had been rocked violently. It seemed as if the Lord was saying to me, "How do you think you can love your sons more than I do?"

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I also had a brief crisis when [I'm catholic] a priest asked me to give catechism to a few adults before they could commune. I read the literature from the Vatican about God's plan to throw all non-believers, non-Catholic Christians, etc. into eternal hellfire. After that I had a nervous breakdown IN mass!

I politely and quietly left, and since then have become a firm Universalist in my heart. How could God send an individual to ETERNAL hell after only 80 years of earthly life? Justice? I can't fathom it.

And what about God's accountability...didn't He make us? Is He then unable to remedy original sin? Of course He can - that is why Jesus said "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me (John 12:32)." Surely, Christ is the good shepherd and will save all men. There are too many ambitious people out there using the name of Jesus to make money and manipulate and control others by fear for their own welfare.

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Strange how you become like the one you worship. If you worship a god who excludes those who don't measure up, then you are quick to cut off those who you think are wrong. That was their goal ........to cut you off. I understand, as I used to be one of "them". But as you say, it is just not their time to "see" yet.

By the way, I also lost much of my sanity for many years because of the eternal torment teaching. I lived in the Christian "mainstream" for most of my adult life. In the last six months I have had my eyes opened to the true Gospel.

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I used to walk around in a daze... convinced that almost every person around me was going to hell. I found that utterly horrifying - and that led to my huge breakdown. According to *** ****, who spent time in a mental institution, a HUGE percentage of people in those places are Christians who love Jesus with all their heart - but simply cannot reconcile the God of love with the God of eternal Hell Fire. God bless brother!

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It is amazing how one's view of God changes when they are set free from the HELL doctrine. How well I remember growing up under it. The evangelists sure knew how to make that one work to increase their "souls saved" account.

I have also experienced the hell that it has created along with the "unpardonable sin" terror teaching.

When I was about 19, I had a strange experience one night as I lay in bed before I went to sleep. Some foul language went through my mind towards the Holy Spirit. Then the next thought was, "You've committed the unpardonable sin." For days I could hardly eat or sleep because I was sure I was headed for hell. It was a terrifying experience. Finally I went and told my father who prayed a simple prayer and I was free. In time I was to learn that salvation was for all without exception, but while my spirit rejoiced, my mind rejected it. It was some years later that I came to more fully understand and accept that it was never God's plan to torture anyone in the mythical fires of hell. Thank God for His glorious plan to bring us all into His glorious image in and through Christ!

Yes, Jesus is now Lord, and our life is now IN CHRIST. What a joy that is!

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We were both brought up with the eternal torment teaching so the literature you've read in support of eternal torment won't be anything we've never heard.

I believe that I was "set up" by the Holy Spirit to find this wonderful truth of universal reconciliation. I had become so grieved because most of the population, as I believed, was going to hell AND because most of the church people I knew didn't care!

I have never been so relieved in my life to see my most heartfelt desires coming true before my eyes. I remember making a statement that brought about some strange looks. Once at a Bible study...I said, "I hope we are wrong on the hell thing. I hope we've mistranslated or misinterpreted it somehow". Can you imagine how I felt when I first had hope that I could have been RIGHT????

I'm either considered a heretic at my church, or just some really "big hearted" person who just can't stand to think of anyone being hurt. I think that's how my pastor described me to my friend as they discussed my "deception."

I know what you mean about eternal torment getting you down...I was there. If it should prove to be true...I will need to go and pick out my own room in the mental hospital.......it would take some powerful drugs to numb my "big heart" . Wonder where that "big heart" came from...could it be the image of my creator????

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I was under a heavy burden for many years due to the 'Hell' thing. The release was beyond words when I came into the knowledge of Universal Reconciliation - many tears were shed - tears of joy, this time.

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I grew up in a small Pentecostal church. Sundays were full of tongues, preaching on the immeasurable love of God, His repugnance of sin, saving the lost through example, saving the lost through evangelism, praying to save to lost, and the torment of eternal separation 'because God hates sin'. Nobody wanted 'bloody hands' so we prayed and fasted. When someone died on the Indian reservation, we got a tongue lashing, "If we would have prayed a little more, fasted a little more, ...then things might have been different." "The blood of the Indian reservation is on our hands."

This left little hope for me. I was 14 years old, hated myself, but knew God was real because I had experienced His presence. I fiercely battled the temptations of teenagers; smoking, drinking, listening to rock music(this was a big deal in my church). After an alter call on Sunday, I was saved, heaven bound. By Tuesday I was slipping, I was already thinking about listening to rock music, condemned. Then on Wednesday, I was thinking about smoking...the slope was increasing. By Friday, I wanted to escape the mental torment - so to the drink I ran...and had to repent on Sunday lest my feet were scorched if I died.

As if my own salvation weren't enough work, I had to evangelize and pray my peers into the Kingdom lest there souls cried out from hell. I could hear it now upon my entrance into the pearly gates,

"Why didn't you say anything? You knew. You let me go to hell and didn't say anything." This was a struggle to say the least; Accept Jesus as your savior so you too can be as miserable and condemned as me! This cycle lasted throughout my whole teenage life and into my twenties.

In my twenties God reassured me of His love in very supernatural ways. In the midst of a sinful lifestyle, He would poor down His gifts and love upon me. At one point He specifically said to me that if I never prayed again, and went to a bar every night, His love for me would not change. Rather than driving me to a prayerless life, and being a drunkard, this had the opposite effect, I desire to speak to my sweet savior. I became sure of my salvation through Him and Him alone.

As for the salvation of others...He showed me a few things their too.

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First, I would like to say the teaching of eternal Hell robbed me of a happy childhood. My father was not a believer and I was continually worried that he would die and go to Hell forever. I went through a period of depression as a kid because of this.

Another interesting thing is that I married an unbeliever. At the time I completely believed that my husband was going to Hell if he died in unbelief. It was like I was trying to defy God in a way by showing Him that I could fall in love with a hellion so why can't God do the same. I thought - Doesn't He loved these outcast sinners?

Then.......to top it all off...........I wanted a child even though I believed that there was a good chance my child could grow up to become an unbeliever. This caused me much grief, and eventually led me to searching for answers to all the questions I had.

I also have a friend who I used to go to church with. She is much older than me and she found out a couple of years ago that her son is homosexual, and she went into a deep depression and had to be hospitalized many times. I found out that most of her depression was rooted in the fact that she believed her son was doomed for eternal Hell in the next life. She is doing much better now and has left the church. She now wants to start a house church with her husband.

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When I launched myself into Fundamentalism full-time, it was after a night of reading neurotic web pages Fundamentalists use to try to win converts. I have always been predisposed to an obsessive mind set, and I would always get pretty fanatical about various things. Anyway, when I decided to pray that silly little prayer, I thought decided that I was going to keep it for good. I would force neurotic precepts on myself. I did not enjoy it. The "conversion" was emotionally painful. I berated myself for feeling as if I had imprisoned myself. I had shoved my head into a mental toilet, and I was determined to flush by brain, no matter now much my mind fought against the enveloping darkness.

I forced the silly notion of H being at the center of the Earth, and that volcanoes were the openings to it. I admit I was ashamed of these beliefs--and I shoved the shame down and labeled it as being ashamed of Christ. Earth Science was horrible for me. As time went by, my thinking became ever more irrational, and my rituals became more bizarre. I would cover my head in public or wherever I was when I prayed (which was when a blasphemous or disturbing thought would come into my head, and I would be praying for forgiveness--I did not realize that this was OCD maturing).

After reading a piece of Scripture in the Book of Hebrews, I was terrified that I had lost my salvation. Every week, something would happen, or I would do something that would make me think that I had willfully sinned. It was horrible. I had odd little compulsions like washing my hands often for fear of willfully infecting someone by not washing my hands every time I came into the front part of the house. The fear of sinning kept me from making a decision quickly. I would even be afraid of taking a certain route to a class because I thought God wanted me to go another way. I kept thinking about H, the end of the age, and demons. I saw things. When allowed my mind to relax, I would hear "chatter," consisting of pieces of sentences, sometimes in English, other time in another language. My actions were motivated by fear, and they still are to some extent, but not so much now.

My family is a mix of Catholic, both liberal and conservative in "keeping the faith", but my immediate family is liberal. My family would challenge me, and I would spout a verse taken out of context. All of my support in this cult like thinking was on the internet. I have not told many of these people that I have decided to leave, and I am afraid (there's that fear--I'm a hypocrite) that if I read the arguments they have for me not leaving it, I will get sucked back in. There is even one person to whom I am a counselor of sorts, giving support for many stressful matters. The person who calls herself a Prophetess is very persuasive to my illogical, obsessive, superstitious mind set (I apologize for my hypocrisy for commenting on the superstitious mind set of Catholics), and reading her site is what convinced me to actually fall in, full blast.

I did not attend a church during all this. I simply hung around Fundamentalist forums and read the Bible (often reading it from a new perspective I had forced on myself, rather than just reading it and allowing myself to have my own ideas about what it said), and read the prophecies from the lady's web site. Many times, a red flag would come up to tell me that something was up, but I would ignore it. One time, the stress caught up with me, and I fell ill with the Flu. I would weakly beg God to forgive me of the thoughts in my head that would not go away, and I would beg God for forgiveness for not being fervent enough or sorry enough. I would imagine God mocking my misery and watching coldly as I cried out. I finally stopped regularly going over there after I read something that contradicted the Bible to such an extent that I could not take her fully seriously anymore. I still went there a few times out of morbid curiosity, though. Even after I stopped frequenting her site, the illness still hung on. I would have horrible images of H in my head. I will not go into these--they are too graphic.

For awhile after seeing a therapist, the symptoms and episodes got worse, and I had my first intense anxiety attack. I have been better, though. For the last couple of weeks, I have been taking 100mg of Zoloft. I had been on 50mg, and going higher made me feel like I was taking too much cough medicine up until this past weekend. I'm finally used to it, and this plus therapy and working on it in my own time has helped. I am much better now, and having support from others really helps.]When I launched myself into Fundamentalism full-time, it was after a night of reading neurotic web pages

Fundamentalists use to try to win converts. I have always been predisposed to an obsessive mindset, and I would always get pretty fanatical about various things. Anyway, when I decided to pray that silly little prayer, I thought decided that I was going to keep it for good. I would force neurotic precepts on myself. I did not enjoy it. The "conversion" was emotionally painful. I berated myself for feeling as if I had imprisoned myself. I had shoved my head into a mental toilet, and I was determined to flush by brain, no matter now much my mind fought against the enveloping darkness.

I forced the silly notion of H being at the center of the Earth, and that volcanoes were the openings to it. I admit I was ashamed of these beliefs--and I shoved the shame down and labeled it as being ashamed of Christ. Earth Science was horrible for me. As time went by, my thinking became ever more irrational, and my rituals became more bizarre. I would cover my head in public or wherever I was when I prayed (which was when a blasphemous or disturbing thought would come into my head, and I would be praying for forgiveness--I did not realize that this was OCD maturing).

After reading a piece of Scripture in the Book of Hebrews, I was terrified that I had lost my salvation. Every week, something would happen, or I would do something that would make me think that I had willfully sinned. It was horrible. I had odd little compulsions like washing my hands often for fear of willfully infecting someone by not washing my hands every time I came into the front part of the house. The fear of sinning kept me from making a decision quickly. I would even be afraid of taking a certain route to a class because I thought God wanted me to go another way. I kept thinking about H, the end of the age, and demons. I saw things. When allowed my mind to relax, I would hear "chatter," consisting of pieces of sentences, sometimes in English, other time in another language. My actions were motivated by fear, and they still are to some extent, but not so much now.

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This teaching still affects me today and I believe hinders everyone who believes in it from truly loving God because they are taught that God's holiness and hatred of sin somehow outweighs His love for us.  In reality, God's hatred for sin is BECAUSE of His love for us, because sin causes Him and all of us nothing but misery.  I still have the attitude of "too good to be true" and other similar beliefs virtually engraved in my heart, and I know it will take time to recover and discover the true wonder and completeness of God's love, so any encouraging words, stories, etc. are appreciated.

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I started life in a church which taught eternal torment. Later I became part of a cult that taught annihilation. I didn't know that universal salvation was even a possibility until a couple of years ago after my near suicide.

It was during the years that I was coming out of the cult and the deep depressions that the experience brought to me and the thoughts of ending my own life, that made me think about my two sons that I would leave behind me if I did take that way out of life.

I embraced the joy of universal salvation about two and a half years ago, when I found out for the first time in my life that there actually are other people in the world who believe it and have for a very long time. It was the same day that I was going to hang myself in the garage that I found websites that talked about universal salvation.

Thanks, Rodger, for sharing your thoughts here and in other places on the web. I was one of your "silent readers" that you mentioned two and a half years ago the afternoon I nearly ended my life.

I had had such a desire to understand God all my life. When I was a little girl I had felt so loved by my childish idea of God, the child who had no knowledge of all the theologies written about Him.

The stained glass window above the altar in the church was of Jesus holding a shepherd's staff in one hand and cradling a little lamb in His arm. That picture of Jesus, 'my' Jesus Who loved me, spoke more to me than words.

I remember my innocence about Him being shattered when a missionary came to our church and showed us slides of African children, children just like me but half a world away, and the missionary said that these children and others like them would go to an ever-burning hell if they didn't hear about Jesus.

As a little girl I didn't have the adult vocabulary or knowledge of the theology that had spawned this remark, but from that day on I felt sick in my soul for what was ripped from me.

When I was contemplating taking my life a couple of years ago, I kept thinking about what kind of God I would be leaving my two precious sons in the care of.

What would He do to these precious lives I had brought into world? What kind of God were they expected to love?

I know people who love the God who will torment people forever. I know people who love the God who will annihilate people into oblivion forever.

I had come to the point in my life where I could no longer contemplate loving either of those Gods, neither in this life nor in eternity.

I felt angry and paralyzed that I had to give over the ones I loved more than myself into the hands of someone who would treat them this way. And in the depths of my soul I extended that to all human beings. I had to. It DOES matter what kind of God we are expected to love.

The many churches may remain in disunity. But in reality there is only one God. And all humanity is ultimately utterly dependent on Him for its destiny.

Eileen "Someday we'll all be friends, at the end of time when God is ALL in ALL."

***

The false teaching of eternal torment had a terribly condemning effect on my younger brother and I for decades.

Our parents weren't 'church-goers', but mom sent us to VBS at a nearby church when we were 6 & 8 years old. It was there that we first heard about how Jesus loves us and how God will 'let' the devil torture us forever if we don't believe in Jesus.

My brother, now age 46, has never set foot in a church in the 40 years since that week.

The few times that I'd gone to church with friends in my teens and early 20's, I never felt like I fit in....I wasn't 'good' enough. It was confusing to me how the preacher would spend an hour talking about how we were supposed to 'live', what terrible things awaited those who didn't live 'right'....then 'invite' us to accept Jesus while all the good people sang "Just as I Am."

I didn't understand the gospel the way they taught it. I knew God....talked to Him a lot and read my bible when I needed comforting. But, those few times I'd been to churches had planted a seed of uncertainty.

I remember when my older 2 daughters were babies, over 20 years ago, I'd once prayed: "Lord, I know I'm going to Hell, but please save my babies!"

I didn't take my older kids to church when they were little. I taught them that God and Jesus loved them...nothing about hell.

My oldest daughter was 5yo the first time she heard about hell----she was so excited.

We were outside when a man and boy came to the front gate. She ran ahead of me to see who was coming to visit, while I was restraining my protective hound dog. I was halfway there when she came running back----"Mommy, where's hell? That man says we're going there. Can we go today?"

I let the dog go---LOL!

About 10 years ago I had a conversation with a lady in her 70's at a Baptist church. I don't recall the exact conversation, but this woman had attended church longer than I'd been alive, and she had no assurance of her salvation----she 'hoped' she was good enough. Sad.

***

I have not suffered a nervous breakdown, but I have suffered from severe anger and depression because of the teachings of an "eternal" hell and suffering. I also found myself unable to truly love or respect a god that could send anyone to such a place. It has been said also that "we send ourselves to hell" but how can that be, if God is totally sovereign and in total control? This web site is a blessing. Thank you for spreading the True Good News. May you be blessed always.

***

In my late teenage years, one day when entering my workplace, I was confronted by the manager. The conversation went something like this.

"Andrew, what is that book you are carrying?"

"It's a Bible, sir."

"Are you a Christian then?"

"Yes, I am."

"Tell me, what happens when we die?"

"Well, if we are a Christian, we go to Heaven."

"But if we are not a Christian, where do we go then?"

"If we are not saved, the Bible says we go to Hell."

"But doesn't God love everyone?"

"Yes He does."

"And this place called Hell - what's it like?"

"It's a place of punishment."

"What kind of punishment?"

"Well, the Bible says it is a place where the wicked are burned up."

"Is this for ever and ever?"

"Yes."

"Tell me, who made Hell?"

"Well, the Bible says God made everything, so He must have made Hell."

"And why did He make Hell?"

"To punish the wicked."

"But you have just said that God loves everyone. Why then did He make Hell? Could He not have foreseen what would happen, that countless millions would suffer in Hell forever?"

For the first time in my life I found myself embarrassed with the 'gospel' of evangelical tradition, and though these questions were obvious, these were matters I had studiously avoided. Fortunately for me the time to start work had arrived, and I escaped further questioning, but like Saul of Tarsus, I found myself kicking against the goads, and God was preparing me to receive the transcendent truths of His purpose to reconcile all to Himself.

Andrew Maclarty, Nottingham , England

***

I remember when I was a young man, camping out and sitting around the fire, I would look intently into the flames and glowing embers and ask my friends just how is it possible that people can go to a place like that for eternity. No one ever had an answer. My conscience was so stirred by the nightmarish scenes conjured up in my mind that I could not rest until I had a good answer.

Not until a friend, years later, handed me a Concordant Literal New Testament and some of the writings from THE CONCORDANT PUBLISHING CONCERN, were my fears put to rest. My conscience exulted at the wonderful truths! It could not side with the doctrine of demons called "eternal torment."

I thank God my conscience was not cauterized so that I could not recognize the truth when it was brought before me!

***

When I saw the verses supporting universalism on Gary Amirault's web site at http://www.tentmaker.org/

I had to check every one to see if it really was in the Bible, because I couldn't quite believe it. Some of the verses varied a little, as I was using an NIV Bible, but the meaning was the same. I was amazed, and relieved. Now I had a biblical basis for my belief in a truly loving and 100% merciful God. I no longer had to love a God who sent countless billions of people to eternal torment in a lake of fire. I still have so much to learn about God's perfect love. I hope to share this "perfect" God with as many as I can in a loving way, unlike the way I shared my idea of the God of Wrath. I hope to become conformed to his image, and now that I know the true nature of God, I don't have to worry that being conformed to God is like being conformed to a hateful sadist. I can trust that my role model in life is perfect in every way, and loves without ceasing even the most dreadful, heinous sinners this world has ever known. God bless you in your search for love and truth.

***

The greatest thing that has ever happened in my life, is when the Lord Jesus showed me, that in the end, He will save all mankind. I now believe in the glorious Gospel of grace, not of works lest anyone should boast.

I remember as a young child, I completely believed what my church leaders and my pastor told me about God. However, I now have come to understand that they had told me certain things that were simply not true about Him and because of these errors, it caused me much needless pain and suffering throughout my life. For one thing, when I was young, I feared going to Hell. I feared very much going to a place, that these men of God spoke of, a place called endless torment. You see, I was told by these men, that there were certain things that would be required of me, certain things that I must perform to their expectation before I could become saved, before they would accept me as saved.

The problem was, that their rules, their requirements were beyond my capability to perform. So no matter how hard I tried, no matter how hard I begged, no matter how hard I pleaded to God, I was unable to meet these requirements for salvation.

How well I remember, I prayed to God, many many times asking Him to save me.

So I was stuck, I was damned. Damned because I simply could not perform to the expectation of these men, because in their eyes and according to the standard that they had set up, I was not yet saved, and if I would happen to die before becoming saved, my destiny was an endless hell. So it is impossible to portray the anguish I went through as a child. I was so afraid to go to sleep at night, for years and years of fearing death, fearing to face an eternal torment and judgment.

You see I feared God all right, not out of love or respect, but out of a fear that of an eternal judgment and damnation. And in MY CHILDLIKE MIND, I knew I dared not question the authority of these men. After all, these were supposed to be men of God. These were men who supposedly knew and studied the Scriptures. These were the people to whom I was supposes to respect, honor and obey. But AH, our God is faithful, He is so wonderfully faithful unto His creation, especially unto those living under fear.

So, during this same time of confusion and fears, I also received divine insight, I also knew, that I knew that God loved me. This knowledge and understanding of God's love wasn't so much taught unto me by men, but came from my loving Heavenly Father Himself.

His love, His love, is what kept me going, kept me pressing on, kept me striving, kept me longing for more of God, to get closer and closer unto Him. My head was confused with the teachings of men, the teachings that brought despair and fear to my soul, but at the same time, God in his mercy was speaking to my heart. His Spirit brought love and comfort through this maze of my turmoil. Quite by accident, (not really) I came upon a teaching that God is the Savior of all men in January of 2000.

I remember I had punched in SALVATION on my PC , and Ken Allen's site, True Grace Ministries came up.

www.auburn.edu/~allenkc/ministry.html

It was a real shocker to me, to read that my God is truly"the Savior of All mankind," and He won't torture endlessly most of humanity, as I had formerly been taught.

My, this was an awesome awakening!!

This understanding, THE RECONCILIATION OF ALL MEN, really hit home. It literally captivated my whole being. After spending the last number of months in constant study and research on this subject, I soon realized I had to repent to my Lord for believing that He was a "god of eternal torment and torture" to those whom He's already destined to save. I am now convinced of the truth of Ultimate Reconciliation of ALL by the abundance of Scripture and the love that God has for His creation. Upon learning that Christ did not sacrifice in vain for anyone, I was set free. Free to learn, free to explore, free to question, free to imagine, free to worship in spirit and in truth. Allen Steinhauer

***

It would take more space than is allowed to tell the whole story of the effects that the teachings of eternal damnation have had on my life and the lives of others that I care for. But, if there is only one tormented soul that finds comfort in knowing they are not alone in this struggle and that I may help another find the truth of God's all-embracing, never-failing, love and character, as well as the strength to face the enemy with the truth, then it would be worth it all!

***

I was raised in a very strict Baptist missionary home. Born in Tokyo , raised in Japan , my dad started 4 churches during a period of 40+ years. He would often preach about the torments of endless burning, attempting to motivate the Japanese congregation by fear, I suppose.

About a year ago I did a study on the words eternity, forever, everlasting, and do you know what I discovered? From the context of a significant number of these words, their meaning COULDN'T POSSIBLY mean endless!! And if we as students of the Bible correctly interpret scripture with scripture, this has a profound effect on one's evaluation of the true meaning of these words.

I was WILLING to accept God's Word about this teaching, assuming the most horrible thought, that people would burn and burn forever and what a tormenting thought that was.

But I believe God blessed me in a remarkable way by revealing these secrets to me, just like He did to you Rodger!! THE TRUTH HAS SET US FREE, thank God!

***

Belief in eternal torment is partially to blame for a severe anxiety disorder I have suffered since age 17.

I have seen testimonies of people that have gone nearly or completely insane due to this horrible teaching. Don't let it happen to you. Explore the wonderful truths of the salvation of all mankind found in properly translated Bibles. Learn what Christ meant when He said on the Tree of Crucifixion, "It is finished." Discover the wonderful promises He left for you, your friends, relatives, and loved ones.

Spend some time on Gary Amirault's web site at

http://www.tentmaker.org/

***

An article that Gary Amirault wrote on his Tentmaker site was the best news that I have ever read. I usually don't like to read long articles, but this time I couldn't stop. When I finished reading it I knew that the cat was out of the bag. The lid was blown off the big lie. I've never been the same since. I've been set free. I sometimes walk around talking to myself about it and to anybody else who wants to hear about it. I like talking about it. I love this gospel, that through Jesus, everybody will be reconciled to God. I was ashamed of the churches "gospel". Thanks again for the encouragement

***

My confidence that God will win everything and everyone by His love has grown into certainty. Previously I used to feel I ought to "witness", or I'd want to do it so that they would be saved from eternal torture, but now I'm itching to say, look, everything's going to be all right in the end. He's the God of creation, not just a little god for Christians: He's going to revive, He's going to bring back to life, He's going to restore the whole creation, He won't fail to save and reconcile everyone because everyone from all time and from everywhere is whom His salvation was intended for. He is God, and we are not little gods who can spoil His plan by sending ourselves to hell forever.

This revelation of God's nature and purpose has totally changed the way I perceive everything. Even through the darkest times, when I have nothing to offer him, I know He is there, that He continues to love me, and that nothing can change that. And, at last, I have stopped crying out in my sleep.

God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not charging their trespasses to them (2 Corinthians 5:19).

In other words, the action of reconciling the whole world and not charging them with their wrongdoing has been completed. Like a rock pushed over a cliff, the action is completed. The result is inevitable, even though all the effects are not yet evident.

God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not charging their trespasses to them, and he has given to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Our message is not one of terror: "or else;" it is "be reconciled to God, make friends with God, he wants to make friends with you." Love doesn't threaten, or give deadlines or ultimatums; Love "suffers long, and is kind ... thinks no evil". Ruth Jacob

***

I was raised independent fundamental Baptist. Contrary to what some will say, The Bible has much to say in support of universal reconciliation. It is a Biblical doctrine.

The main thing that convinced me was that the victory of Jesus Christ was more powerful than the annihilationists thought. Adam's destruction is NOT more powerful than Christ's redemption. Hell will have no victory. In time, all things will be gathered in Christ.

1 Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

The ransom for ALL had been paid. No one has given me a good enough reason why God should not get all that he has paid for. Man may fail to get all that he pays for, but God will not fail.

2 Cor 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. God wants the whole creation, not just a part to be reconciled.

This is the day of reconciliation. This is the day when the Church does the work of being an ambassador for the reconciling work of Christ. We say "Be ye reconcile to God"! We are fellow laborers with God in this endeavor.

***

The darkest doctrine ever devised by men was that of an "eternal suffering" for the billions of souls that die lost without Christ. Like wolves among the sheep, carnally-minded men within the church system found it very effective to use the fear of an unending hell to control the masses that enter their religion.

Unfortunately this doctrine has remained at large in Christianity as a whole.

But the Lord Jesus said, "when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself." - John 12:32

***

In October of 1998 God clued me in to who He really was. I was researching the subject of "the book of life" hoping that I might find something to make sense of the doctrine of endless suffering in hell. I was on the internet and I came to a work written by J. Preston Eby.

He talked in detail about "the book of life." He also spoke of the Greek word "aion". I was intrigued by what he was saying. The idea that scholars had been wrong before was nothing new to me so I was very open to this. I went to bed that night with a smile on my face. "Could God really save the world?", kept going through my mind. I studied it over and over.

The elders at the home church reviewed it and we came to the conclusion that it was indeed true. I had joy but I was also depressed because I had built this wealth of knowledge and it all pretty much needed major tweaking (and also the fact that I have been called a cultist doesn't help either). But the Lord has been gracious in giving me understanding. And I will continue to proclaim "The REAL Good News".

Years later the absurdity of it all started to set in. The "common sense" of it all. Things such as "If endless hell is true, why is Christ considered the victor when he could save only a few?"

"Why would God create people strictly to burn?(Even if you believe in free will He still created them to burn in hell because He knew before He created them that they would reject)?"

"He tells me to love my enemy yet He will burn them forever and ever."

If your readers have had these same questions then I urge them to read J. Preston Eby's articles and go to the links page and check out other sites. I hope that they find the same peace about it that I have.

http://www.tentmaker.org/articles/savior-of-the-world/index.htm

***

I'd read about the incredible love that God supposedly had. At the hour of my greatest pain and so close to checking myself into a psych ward I confronted God and told Him I needed an answer NOW. God took me back to the times of intense peace and love that I had felt previously. He showed me that He loved everyone as much as He loved me. He made it so absolutely clear in my heart and mind through the scriptures and His voice speaking inside me that He was not the monster that He was made out to be. He was not the two-headed out of control love/hate creature that I had been taught all of my life. The more scripture I read and studied the more God brought peace to my mind. He showed me that He will be all in all, that His love knows no end.

I understood that my earlier conversion experience was not so much the moment that I accepted Christ, but rather the joyful time when I first realized it fully. Christ had chosen me, and everyone else, long long ago.

Certainly, it took a long time of relearning. When you have had a concept drilled into your head for many years it takes a long time to go back through the scriptures and realize where you have erred.

But now my heart is so converted to this message of truth that there is nothing you can do to ever change my mind.........not even if I'm the last man standing.

***

As I have mentioned many times in my journal, I, Rodger Tutt, had a complete nervous breakdown over my inability to love or respect an endless - hell god. My breakdown was caused by my fear of what God might do to me since I was unable to love or respect Him.

One of the great comforts that helped me to recover was learning that many other people have suffered with the same problem. The following quote is from THE DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL HELL TORMENTS OVERTHROWN by Samuel Richardson, edited by Thomas Whittemore, and published by him in 1833. On page 85, Whittemore says that Richardson wrote this book nearly 200 years before 1833.

First of all, there is what Richardson wrote nearly 200 years before 1833:

"The doctrine of endless hell torments hath caused many to murder themselves, taking away their own lives by poison, stabbing, drowning, hanging, strangling, and shooting themselves, casting themselves out of windows, and from high places, to break their necks and by other kinds of death, that they might not live to increase their sin, and increase their torments in hell."

Now here is what Whittemore the editor, wrote at the bottom of the page nearly 200 years later in 1833:

"Here we see the same dreadful effects attended the doctrine of endless misery nearly 200 years ago which attend it now. It was then the cause of anxiety, despair, and suicide, as we suppose it always was before, where fully believed, and as we know it has been of late years. Let posterity know, that within the last ten years, there have been a large number of suicides, which must be attributed to the doctrine of endless torment. That doctrine makes men melancholy; it drives them to despair; they know not what to do; and they sever the brittle thread, Fathers and Mothers, in repeated instances in the United States, have murdered their children, lest they should grow up, and commit sin, and be damned. Can a doctrine which produces such dreadful consequences be the doctrine of God?" End of Quote.

Note that the victims of this theology found no consolation in the Christian gospel. This was my problem too! The question I kept asking myself was, "How can I find comfort in the Christian Gospel when I can't even love or respect it's God?" (Endquote.)

Most of those I have met who believe in the salvation of all mankind, have come to this conclusion by revelation and/or intense study of the Bible, church history, language studies, etc. They often are severely persecuted for their beliefs, not by the world systems, but by the church systems. They have cried out in earnestness to our Father for truth because they would have gladly abandoned this teaching to avoid the severe persecution which their entire family suffers at the hands of the "orthodox." We are not masochists. We do not long for cold stares, whisperings behind our backs, hate letters, being called wolves, anti-Christ, and a host of other defaming names. Could we wash away this humiliation and be accepted by our other Christian brothers and sisters, we would most gladly give up this rejection up, but not at the cost of maligning the precious name of our Father. We would rather receive the praises from above than compromise the glory of our Father and exchange it for the praises from man. Gary Amirault

Many of us who have been subjected to the terrorism of Hell do not respond as emotionally as some of the people represented in the above testimonials. We are more hard-hearted. We have learned to "back-file" the teaching of Hell. We suppress it in our subconscience because if we did allow it to be on our minds daily, we would go crazy. We do not visit insane asylums and dark alleys and ask those in torment how they got that way. But I have spoken to many professionals in the mental health field and they testify that teachings from religions often have contributed to making many people very sick. It is those who are unable to bury the teaching in their subconscience whose lives are most severely destroyed by the teaching of Hell. It is often the most sensitive, those who have the softest consciences who are most effected by the terrible teaching of Hell and eternal torment. Most of the rest of us can use our pride or other internal resources to ward off the condemnation that comes with the teaching of a god who rejects most of mankind. The fact that most Christian believe unbelievers are going to Hell but they do little to no evangelizing proves they are not as compassionate as they would like to think If average Christians REALLY believed in Hell fully, they would spend much more of their time trying to save the lost. The fact is, only a few percentage points of Christians every actually their faith with anyone in their entire life. So you see, dear reader, the world sees this lack of compassion and notes: "They don't REALLY believe what they say they believe. 'You shall know them by their fruits.'"

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