But why did I wait until now to research this? I wanted to know the truth then as much as I do now. Or at least I thought I did. I independently researched topics brought up in classes all the time, so why did I never do a simple Google search after hearing information that made me feel so deeply uncomfortable?
I realize now how fundamentally difficult it is to research something that challenges our own worldview, even for someone who seeks only truth. – Greg, we-are-1.net
This will not, I think, be one of my most popular posts.
Digesting this piece – and the content therein – may be likened to drinking a glass of fish oil or engaging in painful exercise or stretches.
I frequently drink olive oil. While it tastes horrible and typically doesn’t settle that pleasantly, it does clean and purify my system, and it also generally significantly increases my energy. In the end, the momentary pain is worth the benefits reaped.
Perhaps you will find that this post – particularly in the beginning – tastes similar to olive or fish oil, and settles rather turbulently within.
But I invite you to stick with me to the end, even if you are feeling offended, or your cognitive “stomach” begins to feel unwell.
The Message of Sin in Sacred and Ancient Texts
This understanding of the Creator, made man to cry to Him, as it is written in Bhruhat Aranyaka Upanishad (1.3.28) saying, Asatoma sat gamaya, Tamasoma Jyotir gamaya, Mruthyoma amrutham gamaya, which means, from untruth lead me to truth, from darkness lead me to light, from death lead me to eternal life…
…Papokam, papa kanmokam, papathma papa samphava; thrahimam Pundarikaksha sarva papa hari hare…
Which means, I am born in sin, doer of sin, and a sinful self; I am the worst of all sinners, Lord save me from all my sins. Why sin is a hurdle? Because, it is an offense against God (Rig Veda 7.86.3). Sin has many names in Sanskrit Scriptures namely pap (sin), aagg (fire), dushkrit (evil deeds), thamas (darkness), prakrit (inborn nature), asathya (untruth) etc.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan says, we have sin with us from the beginning of history. The Bruhad Aranyaka Upanishad says, that the Jeeva (soul) acquires evil, right at birth (4.3.8). Rog Sog Dhuk Paritab Bhandan Vyasnanicha, Aatma aparatha Vrukshanam phalarh edhani dehinam, is a common saying which means, “what are the fruits of this sinful tree which is our body? Sickness, sorrow, pain, bondage and many other kinds of sins”. No man is free from this bondage of sin…
…As per this doctrine, no one can ever know about his or her accumulated deeds, thereby not having any opportunity to correct his or her past, resulting in a hopeless uncertainty. In other words, karma is being stamped on the forehead of every human being, and the destiny of the soul is ceaselessly determined without the control of the individual. This has made Shri Shankaracharya to say in Bajagovindam,
Punarapi janana punarapi marana; Punarapi janani jadarey sayana;
Ih sansarey wah dustarey; Krupya parey pahi muararey,
which means, repeated birth, repeated death, and repeated lying in mother’s womb, is a difficult process to go through. Oh destroyer of death, save me by your grace…
…Thertiriya Aranyaka verse 3 says, “Sarvapapa pariharo raktha prokshna mavasyam” which means, that the redemption is through shedding of blood only. For this purpose God allowed mankind to sacrifice animals, in order to make them realize that there is a penalty for everyone’s sins. Though the animal’s blood is not a substitute, it was expected that man would repent and turn away from his sinful ways, by seeing the blood of the animal which is being shed on his behalf. But mankind started practicing it just as a ritual, and thus came into condemnation.
If mankind were to be saved from this predicament, as Thertiriya Aranyaka 3rd verse says again, “…thad raktham Paranatmena punyadena baliyagam” which means, that blood has to be through the sacrifice of God himself. The Purusha Sukta says, there is no other way other than the sacrifice of Purusha Prajapati. Purushao vava yagna(Chandokya Upanishad 3.16.1), God, the Purusha is the sacrifice. Sama Veda Dandiya Mahabhramanam says, “Prajapathi devapyam aathmanam yagnam kruthva prayachita” which means, God will offer himself as a sacrifice for the redemption of mankind. Sathpatha Bhramanam says, “Prajapathi yagnayaga”. – Nimmathi Nilayam, What Vedas Say?
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
– Romans 3:23
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
– Ecclesiastes 7:20
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins
because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
– 1 John 1:8
From these writings, we see that sin is something that humanity across the globe has known and sensed within itself for ages. We see consistency on the message of sin in various texts written over wide spans of time and in multiple parts of the world.
And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Mark 2:17
The Nature and Price of Sin
From a recent conversation with my friend Ryan, who gave me permission to quote him:
Fundamentally evil is non-being, which means it’s a form of nothingness, although a strangely active form of nothingness. Evil is a perversion of how things ought to be, although we should make a distinction between so-called ‘natural evils’ (which I wouldn’t consider an evil per se) and true ‘moral evils’.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 6:23
God is a Perfect Judge
Sin is that which violates God’s nature (essence, character, standards). We do not get to define “sin” for ourselves, as we are not the Source of all things.
Additionally, we are not objective beings – especially when it comes to self-evaluation. Our views of ourselves are bound to be distorted and biased. If we were to judge ourselves and evaluate our own righteousness, we would almost certainly condone or attempt to explain away the sins with which we personally struggle.
You and I are in the position of the defendant. We may passionately plead our case, but it is not up to us to decide if we are guilty. This evaluation must come from an external source.
For the Lord is our judge,
The Lord is our lawgiver,
The Lord is our king;
He will save us—
– Isaiah 33:22
The Lord arises to contend,
And stands to judge the people.
The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people,
“It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
“What do you mean by crushing My people
And grinding the face of the poor?”
Declares the Lord God of hosts.
– Isaiah 3:13-15
He summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people:
“Gather My godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
– Psalm 50:4-5
But the Lord abides forever;
He has established His throne for judgment,
And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.
– Psalm 9:7-8
“I kept looking
Until thrones were set up,
And the Ancient of Days took His seat;
His vesture was like white snow
And the hair of His head like pure wool.
His throne was ablaze with flames,
Its wheels were a burning fire.
“A river of fire was flowing
And coming out from before Him;
Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,
And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;
The court sat,
And the books were opened.
– Daniel 7:9-10
Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’ And you, son of man, say to your fellow citizens, ‘The righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteous man will not be able to live by his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.’ When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die. But when I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and he turns from his sin and practices justice and righteousness, if a wicked man restores a pledge, pays back what he has taken by robbery, walks by the statutes which ensure life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of his sins that he has committed will be remembered against him. He has practiced justice and righteousness; he shall surely live.
“Yet your fellow citizens say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right,’ when it is their own way that is not right. When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, then he shall die in it. But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”
– Ezekiel 33:11-20
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
– Hebrews 9:27-28
In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.
– 1 Peter 4:4-6
Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
– Revelation 6:15-17
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
– Hebrews 10:26-31
If we reject the message of salvation after hearing it, no sacrifice for sins remains.
I will pronounce My judgments on them concerning all their wickedness, whereby they have forsaken Me and have offered sacrifices to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.
– Jeremiah 1:16
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
– 2 Timothy 4:6-8
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
– James 2:10-11
God’s nature is so holy – so radiant – that if we even break one law, we are guilty as if we’d broken all of it.
What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written,
“That You may be justified in Your words,
And prevail when You are judged.”
But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world? But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just.
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written,
“There is none righteous, not even one;
There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
“Their feet are swift to shed blood,
Destruction and misery are in their paths,
And the path of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
– Romans 3:3-20
God is a Consuming Fire
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
But if I say, “I will not remember Him
Or speak anymore in His name,”
Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
And I am weary of holding it in,
And I cannot endure it.
Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house.
2 Chronicles 7:1
Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.
Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
1 Kings 18:38
And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.
For I,’ declares the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”
Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” And all the people said, “That is a good idea.”
Fire also came forth from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense.
“And I will bring the third part through the fire,
Refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are My people,’
And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
Then fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.
“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.
“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:
And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the mountain top.
The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
For behold, the Lord will come in fire
And His chariots like the whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
– Isaiah 66:15
And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said,
“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”
– Isaiah 6:4-7
The nature of God is pure light – a consuming flame, which exposes, tests, and destroys all that is not one with Him (his nature, essence, “frequency”).
His fire tests all flesh. Right now, it continually tests those who have chosen to reunite with him (we are being refined with fire, and continually becoming more united and consistent with His essence). But in the end, God’s holy fire will test all souls.
Only those who are bound to Jesus – the essence of God Himself – will be able to withstand the holy fire.
Only those who have been bound to Christ, crucified in the flesh with him, and raised with Him – and so indwelt by his Spirit (God’s fire, light, and essence) will be able to live, because they will have become one with the “substance” of God – with his “energy” and nature.
God will not destroy that which is bound to him or one with him.
Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”
– Exodus 33:18-23
What is Hell, and Does it Exist?
One school of thought – derived from biblical text – is that hell is the interim state or punishment before eternal death (or the means by which one meets eternal death). That in the end, anyone who is not saved will simply be wiped out from the canvas of time. Their memory will be no more.
“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
– Matthew 10:26-28
If the soul is destroyed, then according to some, the end of such destruction would be ultimate oblivion.
But did not Dives cry out because he was ‘in agony in this fire’ (Lk 16:23-24, 28)? Yes, he did. But we must be cautious in interpreting a parable (if it was that) which speaks of ‘Abraham’s bosom’ as well as hell fire. Moreover, these two states were experienced immediately after Dives and Lazarus died (vv. 22-23). The natural interpretation would be that Jesus was referring to the so-called ‘intermediate (or interim) state’ between death and resurrection. I myself believe that this will be the time (if indeed we shall be aware of the passage of time) when the lost will come to the unimaginably painful realisation of their fate. This is not incompatible, however, with their final annihilation. Similarly, the ‘torment’ of Rev 14:10, because it will be experienced ‘in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb’, seems to refer to the moment of judgement, not to the eternal state. It is not the torment itself but its ‘smoke’ (symbol of the complete burning) which will be ‘for ever and ever’.
But does the Book of Revelation not say that in the lake of fire ‘they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever’? Yes, that sentence occurs, but only once (Rev 20:10), where it refers not only to the devil, but to ‘the beast and the false prophet’, just as the noun for ‘torment’ had been used of ‘the harlot Babylon’ (Rev 18:7, 10, 15), though without the addition of the words ‘for ever and ever’. The beast, the false prophet and the harlot, however, are not individual people but symbols of the world in its varied hostility to God. In the nature of the case they cannot experience pain. Nor can ‘Death and Hades’, which follow them into the lake of fire (Rev 20:13). In the vivid imagery of his vision John evidently saw the dragon, the monster, the harlot, death and hades being thrown into the lake of fire. But the most natural way to understand the reality behind the imagery is that ultimately all enmity and resistance to God will be destroyed. So both the language of destruction and the imagery of fire seem to point to annihilation.
Yet Christ says:
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
– Matthew 25:41
Those who have not reunited themselves with God will be thrown into the same eternal fire as Satan and his angels (demons), but whether mortals will “last” forever in that fire – rather than eventually be completely annihilated – seems less certain.
Whether eternal fire means eternal, complete destruction and oblivion (complete consumption by God’s all-consuming fire and light, which results in annihilation) or eternal existence in fire – perhaps a physical one – it is clear that some form of eternal destruction through fire is the end destination for those of us who reject God.
After I wrote this post, my brother mentioned this passage to me, suggesting that it signifies eternal suffering. Given the phrase “no rest day and night”, this argument seems plausible.
Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
– Revelation 14:9-11
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
– Revelation 20:1-15
But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
– Revelation 21:8
And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
– Revelation 20:10
And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.
– Jude 1:6-7
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
– John 15:6
His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
– Matthew 3:12
(Any part of us which is not aligned with Him is “chaff”. When we join ourselves to Christ, that chaff gets burned off of us by the consuming fire of God’s Spirit living inside us. When we meet God the Father, the chaff of our “flesh” will be (or have been) burned away by the Spirit. Those souls which are hidden in the Spirit (fire) of Christ will be found righteous in His presence. Their “flesh” will have been put to death by the work of Christ and the refining fire of the Holy Spirit. Those not found in Christ will not have his righteousness to hide in, and will be destroyed by His fire. Only the Spirit of Christ is imperishable, and we must become one with him to also be imperishable.)
I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
– Matthew 8:11-12
In the words of my friend Ryan:
Heaven is, roughly, being fully in accord and in union with God.
And hell is being oriented towards non-being.
Insofar as we are neither saints or devils, we have some times where we are pointed towards God more with our will or less towards God.
we are always becoming more of a heavenly or hellish creature, depending on how we choose to orient our will.
Me: Is there a limit to the degree to which we can become heavenly creatures apart from Christ?
Ryan: Yes, insofar as we are not at least in accord with Christ as The Logos, I don’t think it’s possible to be good at all.
No one is damned against their will. – Ryan
I would agree with this. God makes a way for everyone to come to him who wishes to do so. See Oneness With God – and the Path to God.
God loved us so much that he made a way for us to be free from judgment and condemnation.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8
We can still choose to spit in His face and reject that gift, saying we have no need of it or of Him.
But we cannot choose the consequences.
Our Hope, and Our Choice
If we are painting an image of God that suits us, we are creating a false god – one made in our image.
We cannot start with our own comfortable ideas, hopes, or wishes, and then try to fit the nature, character, and essence of God into that mold.
God is the source of everything. He sets the definition of right and wrong, and has every right to do whatever he pleases, including completely wiping out humanity at this very moment.
Thankfully, he has, in his love, reached out to us to make a way to save us from being completely destroyed by his fire and light, by instead making us one with that fire and light – one with Him.
God – who is not only infinitely good and just (and must, by his nature, abolish all that is wrong), but also infinitely loving, made a way for us to be joined again to him, and not punished.
Christ – God in the flesh – was punished on our behalf.
God gave us himself (His Son, who is God), to endure a humiliating, painful death on the cross.
He endured all of that – even though he did not deserve it – for the weight of the world.
Justice was executed.
And yet…we can choose to still pay the fine ourselves if we want. But the price is annihilation. A wiping out. Eternal destruction.
My friend Ryan:
You have a will, which means you can orient your spirit. The two fundamental options are you can orient yourself towards Being (which is God) or away from God and towards non-Being.
Most of us dread the deadening of the body and will do anything to avoid it. About the deadening of the soul, however, we don’t care one iota. – Epictetus
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
– 2 Corinthians 5:21
and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
– 1 Peter 2:24-25
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.
– 1 Peter 3:18-20
Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.
– 1 Peter 4:1-6
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
– Ephesians 2:1-10
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
– Hebrews 4:14-16
God is both perfectly loving and a perfect judge. These two qualities of God (loving and just) meet in Christ’s sacrifice. Justice is served (payment for our sins through Christ’s sacrifice so that we can be righteous in God’s sight), and love – giving us the chance to be saved from punishment and death.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
– 2 Peter 3:8-9
But it is our choice to be saved.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 6:23
Why Am I Writing This?
While everything in me would like to believe that sin and hell are not real, I do not see how I can objectively arrive at that conclusion.
I am certainly not writing this out of a desire for personal comfort. If anything, I realize I risk being perceived as a judgmental lunatic.
But I am just the messenger. And I consider it more offensive not to tell someone they’re dying than to conceal this information out of a desire to remain popular or agreeable. I wouldn’t really be loving you guys if I did that.
I am just repeating the words God has already laid out – in loving warning.
And yet I won’t have done you any harm – any more than a mirror is to blame when it shows a plain person what they look like, or a doctor is mean if he tells a patient, ‘Look, you may think this is insignificant, but you’re really sick, no food for you today, only water.’ No one thinks, ‘How rude!’ But say to someone, ‘Your desires are unhealthy, your powers of aversion are weak, your plans are incoherent, your impulses are at odds with nature and your system of values is false and confused,’ – and off they go alleging slander. – Epictetus
My goal is not to condemn – God’s truth alone already condemns all of us – even the “best” of us. We have all fallen short of His perfect standard – his pure, radiant light and essence.
And God must consume and dissolve all that does not align with Him. Only that which does align with his nature, essence, and light – His frequency – will withstand His eternal, infinite, holy flame.
I am compelled to warn those who are sick like I am that we are all sick and desperately in need of medicine if we are to be healed from our fatal disease.
God is warning us in his love and mercy.
He has been communicating with us throughout the history of this planet. As we’ve seen, different texts from the Bible and the Vedas – as well as our own hearts – point to our fallen state.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
– 1 John 3:15
in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them
– Romans 2:15
But it is our choice whether or not we listen.
Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
– Mark 16:14-16
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.
– 1 Peter 3:18-22
For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.
– Matthew 24:37-41
For those who are curious:
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
– 2 Peter 3:10-13
The point of accepting Christ’s salvation is not for us to return to the keeping of the law. (Although we should realize that being bound to Christ is a transforming process – and asking God for salvation is asking to be changed and to become more aligned with God’s nature and ways, and to let go of the old ways of living [but the Holy Spirit is the one who actually accomplishes this work in us, not our own flesh or strength.] However, the law has already been fulfilled in Christ.)
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
Following Christ is a journey and a struggle, but God gives us all the power we need to overcome:
For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
It can be painful, challenging, and honestly, embarrassing to admit that we’re in such a dire situation. That there’s a problem, that we caused it, and that we can’t fix it on our own. That there is something deep down in us that is flawed. That we are dying at our own hands. That we need God.
Yet when we admit our humble position, God is willing to lift us up and restore us.
Though He scoffs at the scoffers,
Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.
– Proverbs 3:34
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
– James 4:6
Once we acknowledge the reality and gravity of our disease, we can ask for the remedy. Our inner selves – our consciousness (soul) – the part of us separated from the avatar and ego (flesh) – can be well again.
Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
– John 4:13-14
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.
– Matthew 16:24-27
God has made his hope known to the whole world, yet he has given us a choice, and we can choose to spit in his face and say that we don’t need him (we’re better off without him, or already righteous), or we can choose to receive His free gift of salvation from our otherwise hopeless plight.
There is only one way to restored unity with God.
The Logos. Jesus Christ. God in flesh. The Savior of the world.
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Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
– Romans 6:8-14