We long for security in this uncertain world. Failing to find security, some turn to Satanism, which offers excitement and instant gratification. Christians try to offer something better by saying, "The one true God is more loving, merciful and fair than you can imagine. If you reject this loving God, you will suffer throughout eternity!" This contradiction is a big reason why many reject Christianity.
Instead of scaring people into following God, this tactic turns them away. Bertrand Russell, for example, says Christ had a moral defect in His character for believing in endless suffering.1 Another example is a man raised in a Baptist family, who told me he turned away from such a cruel God. Countless others also reject this image of a sadistic tyrant.
This belief also grieved me. I was 20 years old when I became a Christian. When I discussed my faith with my family and friends, they were not interested. Then I wondered what would happen to them if they reject Jesus. Christians said my family and friends would suffer endlessly.
Eventually, I began a thorough research of this subject and discovered the Bible does not teach endless torment. An in-depth analysis of death and judgment shows nonbelievers will cease to exist. I wish to share this view, since the idea of endless misery is detrimental to spreading the gospel -- the good news about God's love.
If you are willing to spend some time investigating, you will find a loving and fair God. He is not the merciless bully portrayed by some. You can verify almost everything I state in this book with a Bible, an exhaustive concordance, and a dictionary of Hebrew and Greek. Some facts need more research. All Scripture quotations come from the New King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
1. Bertrand Russell, Why I am not a Christian, 1957, p. 17-18
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