So, do they? Do people go to hell for eternity?
NO!!! A big FAT whopping N-O!
I declare to you that no one will spend eternity in hell.
Grant, how can you know anything like this? What revelation do you have, Grant, that would dispel hell from a possibility for our future?
If one will look in Revelation 20:14, they will find (in the King James Version):
"and death and hell (hades) were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."
Now, one will then reply, 'Grant, well, even though no one will spend eternity in hell, they will spend it in the lake of fire. So what's the difference?'
I only point this out to A) rile some religious devils and B) to bring to light that if we as believers have false beliefs in something like this, we need to assess what else we have false beliefs in.
How much doctrine is based on"Hell"? Does anyone every think of the play Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames? That play is as scary as H-E-double hockey sticks. Many will say they were saved having seen it, or have seen many come to the Lord by it. Ok. Whatever. No argument here.
But, why not say Heaven's Gates and the Lake of Fire's Flames? (Well, that's not really catchy, huh?) Well, other than for marketing purposes, why do we use the false doctrinal fear of spending eternity in Hell?
I will leave that question to fall rhetorically on the pharisees of our day, and let the point marinade in you.
If you are currently teaching a doctrine that is based on a fear of eternity of Hell, what other parts of your doctrine need to be checked?