Apologetics question: Why does God create people who are going to go to Hell?
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(02-20-2018, 01:44 PM)Bourbon Apocalypse Wrote: @Melkite: I would like to "hear" you elaborate on your second comment.

From an Eastern perspective, when you die, you are enveloped in God's love.  If you love God, that fire will be comforting.  If you hate God, that fire will be torment.

There are a number of icons and mosaics of rivers of flames flowing from the throne of God, enveloping both those on his right and his left, showing those on his left tormented by the flames, and those on his right praising him.  These exist in both the east and the west.

It is still common to hear people in the West refer to heaven and hell as our personal choice, as Zedta mentioned above.  Some mystics have reported that the love of God is such a torment to the damned at their judgement that they run to hell for relief.  This isn't so different from the Eastern perspective, but in the West it tends to get drowned out by the pious (or impious) imaginations of those who prefer God's justice to be fulfilled at the expense of his mercy (and often presume that they themselves are not subject to this final justice!).
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RE: Apologetics question: Why does God create people who are going to go to Hell? - by Melkite - 02-20-2018, 05:49 PM



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