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Pain, Punishment, Prison, and Hell

In the course of a discussion on the recent article, “How Imagination and Fantasy Help our Spiritual Growth,” a reader named Frankly Frank said: “And hell is not a punishment”……. I dunno about that one, Lee. There are vivid accounts

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Ezekiel 18: God’s Message of Hope . . . If You Think there’s No Hope for You

I want to talk to you about one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible: Ezekiel 18. If you think you’re a goner, destined for the eternal flames of hell, this is the chapter for you. Ezekiel 18 delivers

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Posted in Spiritual Growth, The Bible Re-Viewed

God, Forgiveness, Freedom, and Hell – Part 4

(Note: This article is the last of a four-part series. The first three parts were edited versions of a series of questions by a reader named Rami, and my answers, in the comments section of the article, “What is the

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What is the Wrath of God? Why was the Old Testament God so Angry, yet Jesus was so Peaceful?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named Garret: One question that I don’t think you addressed sufficiently in the articles I have seen so far is this: How do you explain

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Must We Answer in Heaven for Misbehavior we have Confessed To on Earth?

In the article, “The Bible, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Reincarnation,” I wrote this: In the spiritual world, it is not only possible for us to re-experience events in our own lives from the records of it in our spiritual memory, but

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Posted in Spiritual Growth, The Afterlife

If You Think You’re Going to Hell, Please Read This First

Do any of these sound familiar? Every Sunday the preacher shouted from the pulpit that you’re a terrible sinner. God is angry at you. Because of God’s wrath, you’re going to burn in hell for all eternity. Your parents drilled

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To Train Up A Child, or: Spare the Rod? What Rod?

On October 29, 2013, Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro Woolley, Washington, were sentenced to 28 and 37 years in prison, respectively, for causing the death of their adopted daughter Hana Williams just after midnight on May 12, 2011. She

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Posted in Current Events, The Bible Re-Viewed

Repentance: The Unpopular Partner of Forgiveness

If the various Christian virtues were running against each other in a high school popularity contest, love would probably win. And forgiveness would probably be in the top five. Who knows, forgiveness might even beat out faith and hope for

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Posted in Popular Culture, Spiritual Growth

Is There Really a Hell? What is it Like?

Will God Damn Me to Hell if I Break the Commandments? Aw, hell! A fire-and-brimstone preacher terrifies his listeners with lurid tales of the scorching punishment awaiting them in hell if they don’t repent from their sins. Perhaps those preachers

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If God is Love, Why all the Pain and Suffering?

How could a loving God allow so much evil? All it takes is a glance at the top stories in the daily news to show us that there is an awful lot of death, destruction, pain, and suffering in our

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Posted in All About God, Pain and Suffering
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