Re: If God is loving, good and omnipotent, why is there so much evil, pain and suffer
You're confusing the contemporary view of hell with what hell actually is. Jesus tells us that while we wait for judgement day, we are tormented day and night by the fact that we made the wrong decisions while in this life time. In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, the rich man is tormented by fire (symbolic of God's coming judgement, facing you with the reality of your decisions while on earth) of which is soothed by a mere drop of "the water". What kind of fire is put out by a single drop of water? This isn't a physical fire we're talking about. No, this torment is embarrassment and self-loathing hatred that is what is talked about when we say "wailing, and gnashing of teeth".
Originally Posted by Itinerant Lurker
The lake of fire is, we're told by Jesus, "the second death". That's fairly clear, and death is final, and death of the soul is like as you had never existed. Hence, why you're "removed from the book of life, and remembered no more". The wages of sin, is death. Period.
And so God, who loves us, tells us how to live a "godly" life, and be holy, to be like Him. It's not because he's a egotistical psychopath. He just doesn't want to destroy His beautiful creation: You! He loves you that much, that He was willing to come to us in the flesh, through Jesus, and warn us of our choices without the help of God in our lives to guide us. In our rebellion towards God, we move directly into the path of where Satan is going: The second death. The wages of sin, is death.
The question is, who do you follow? Who do you trust? We can do this God's way, or our way, which is exactly what Satan wants anyway. Following Satan's path of rebellion, leads to death. It is as simple as that.
I don't worry about the second death or the torment, it's not even on my radar. So I don't talk about it much except to say that, a loving God would surely not physically torture you for eternity, and put you in physical pain because of it. No, this pain is a spiritual pain. This pain is knowing that you rejected God.
One question is, why are so many people angry over the fact that their sin might lead them to spiritual death? Why does it bother so many people, to the point of questioning and then rejecting, God?
But the real question is, why do YOU reject God?
John 10 (KJV)
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.