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The Lake of Fire: Theological Topic of Great Controversy

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The Lake of Fire has been a theological topic of great controversy. Several cults reject the doctrine of eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire, instead they assert that the place is purely symbolic in nature, and are adamant that one should not take this teaching literally. However, any good student of the Bible knows that although there is much figurative language throughout the Scriptures, he should always interpret the Bible in the literal sense. Therefore, the believer of God’s Word should consider the Lake of Fire a literal place of torment. The Bible is clear that a place of torment does exist, and that it is a place where many real people will meet their final fate. Moreover, the Bible is clear on who will go to the Lake of Fire, and why they will go there. This research will show who is destined for such a place and why. This research will also analyze Scripture erroneously taken out of context by those who claim that a believer can lose his salvation and end up in the Lake of Fire. Scripture quotations are taken form the New American Standard Bible, NASB, unless otherwise noted.
What is the Lake of Fire? According to The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, the Lake of Fire is synonymous with the Greek term Gehen’na, which carries the same meaning. The word Gehen’na in the Hebrew language is Hinnom. The Hebrew word Hinnom refers to the Valley of Hinnom, which was a place near the city of Jerusalem in the Old Testament that served as a garbage dump for refuse. The Valley of Hinnom was also a place where idolaters practiced the sacrifice of infants to the god Molech. The valley later became a place where the bodies of dead criminals were taken for incineration. Due to its hellish nature, the valley eventually be...

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... Lake of Fire was not originally meant for man (Matt. 25:41), however, Jesus tells us that because a person does not believe in Him, he will be condemned (John 3:16), and the Day of Judgment awaits him (2 Pt. 2:9). Consequently, the punishment will be an eternal separation from the God that created him (2 Thess. 1:9). The Bible has made it abundantly clear that God does not take any pleasure in the eternal destruction of the wicked person. On the contrary, it is God’s desire that every man turn from the evil that he does and cling to Him for salvation (Ezek. 33:11). To show His love for unrighteous man, Christ died for every man (1 Pt. 3:18). Christ is the truth that will lead a person to salvation, and this salvation it is available to all men (1 Tim. 2:4), but it is man’s responsibility to repent and come to the knowledge of this truth (2 Tim. 2:25).
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