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Lake of Fire
« on: May 29, 2008, 08:47:10 AM »

Mr. Smith,

I have been searching for truth.  One of my pursuits of truth has to do with hell and the lake of fire.  I read your write up on it and have some questions.  You say that hell and the lake of fire are not literal.  Also you state that a literal fire canít burn a spiritual body.

What does this verse mean to you?

Matthew 10:28 (New International Version)

28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Is that not literal either but symbolic?  Why should we be afraid if it isnít literal?

Also to address the question about fire not being able to burn a spiritual body.  I also agreed with this until I thought about the above verse.  If you are in spiritual form, youíre not in the physical world are you?  You would be in a spiritual realm, IMO.  If there is a place called Heaven where God and other spiritual beings live and dwell, and they wear clothing, and they have ďstreets of gold and gates of pearlĒ and things like that which would all be in a spiritual dimension, why canít they have fire in the spiritual dimension?  If these other things are allowed to exist in the spiritual places why canít fire?  And why canít that fire burn spiritual beings without killing them since they arenít alive in the physical?  Also, Iím like you in that I don í t understand why God would create all of us and burn the majority of us forever.  I like your explanation better, but is it correct?

Any help would be appreciated,

Andy


Dear Andy: A couple of Installments back in my Hell series I explained Matt. 10:28 in detail. You did not read it. You have several concepts all twisted up. You ask why there can't be spiritual fire?  Not only can there be, there IS.  That's the whole point of this whole thing of Judgment by "fire."  The "fire" is SPIRITUAL FIRE.  I have stated and shown it from the Scriptures, over and over and over again.  All of the "fiery" trials that the Apostles speak of are not LITERAL PHYSICAL FIRE that burn and kill the physical skin and flesh.  I really don't know what to say that I haven't said that would make it clear to you. You are missing a lot, I'm afraid. You need to read the whole Lake of Fire series, and maybe it will come clearer for you. You need to pray for spiritual understanding of spiritual things.

God be with you,

Ray

PS   No, Andy, there is NOT a physical place with streets of physical gold and gates of pearls. These too are all figruative and symbolic.  The New Jerusalem is not a PHYSICAL city. 
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