Statesboro, GA, USA
I take it very seriously when people tell me I'm going to die and burn in hell. They've prescribed a death to me and use scripture to back it up, fully believing I'm lost already, so how hard is it for them think that killing me is just putting me out of my misery and they're doing God a favor?
No one knows if you are actually going to die and burn in Hell. What the Bible teaches is that Hell is a possibility for any of us. We're all "lost already" and in need of God's forgiveness and grace. Can these scriptures be used in such a way, as to hurt others? Sure. But the Bible warns about that too. And that's my point.
Many psychopaths use this scripture to make people pay: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 KJV."
But still, this is not prescriptive, but a statement of fact. If anyone uses it as prescriptive, it can be shown from the text of the Bible that they are in error.
To many, anyone who does not accept God's gift, they're walking dead, and won't simply NOT go to heaven, they will be tortured in a fiery hell. That's pretty violent.
Tortured by whom? God, or Satan, or their own conscience? You have to understand that being shut out from the presence of God, becomes a fiery pit by it's very nature. It doesn't have to be maliciously imposed from without. As C.S. Lewis once noted about Hell, the doors are locked from within. From a Christian perspective, there is no worse fate than denying Heaven. For what is goodness, and life, and beauty, is God. And hell is simply the residue of what is "outside".
And I'm really not interested in defending God in this thread (Though the cross of Jesus is pretty good sign that God isn't malicious, but willing to go to extremes to save from Hell) My only argument is that the Bible places such judgement in his hand, not ours. And that's enough to say that the Bible places eternal judgement out of our reach, and gives us no part in the determination ... other than helping others to enter at the narrow gate, or making them stumble by our words and actions.