Are we saved FROM something or FOR someone?
If there we no threat of hell, would that change God's love for us or how we feel about Him?
If the goodness of God leads to repentance, then why do we so often try to "scare the Hell out of people"....literally!?
Do I need the threat of Hell to be truly sorry for the selfishness inside me?
If I trust Christ, to escape Hell, am I really sincerely trusting Christ or am I just afraid of going to Hell?
If we get to Heaven and find out that there's no Hell (and never was), will we feel cheated?
If we get to Heaven and every human being that ever lived is there, will we be disappointed?
Are we so desperate to escape Hell, that it doesn't really matter to us if we spend eternity with God or not, as long as we don't spend eternity in fiery torment?
Does Hell matter at all?
Some of what has prompted these questions is my thinking on who God really is. If God is Love (and I know He is) and the Creator of the Universe, the Alpha and Omega, the Great Physician, Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace....then isn't being His MORE than enough? Isn't spending eternity with Him, starting today, the gift of ALL gifts? How does the fear of Hell fit into that equation? Does truly KNOWING this wonderful God of ours make His absence Hell? If I love God with all my heart and soul and strength, then isn't His absence, isn't an eternity without Him more of a horror than literally burning forever?
If our greatest love is supposed to be God, then how can our greatest fear be our own suffering? If I lost my husband tomorrow, I would grieve for his presence, his touch, his smell, his voice, his kisses, his laugh, his words. I wouldn't grieve for the fact that I don't have his income, or that my standard of living just took a hit, or that maybe I don't get to live in the same home I've grown accustomed to. My fear of losing him comes from my love for his presence.
If anyone out there has any thoughts on these questions (or questions of your own), I'd love to hear them. I find that I've find God more in my questions than I do in MY answers......