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Jesus, The Christ, taught: "To whom much is given, much is required, Luke 12:48." So it seems that the severity of pain in the potential rejection into outer darkness will be subject to the amount of light received. I personally do not believe in demonic torture or torment for the unjust dead by God. But rather, an eternal void in which there is no creation, that is, a void, in which God has chosen to exclude His presence and His Creation. A black hole, if you will where nothing can escape.
As a soul rejects the Creator and His Creation, it is allowed the option of living outside of God or His Creation. A place where those who have rejected the light of God in Creation and the ultimate salvation provided by Jesus as the Lamb of God will reside for eternity with a total recall. This will be the result of their own choices in life. The pain will be the result of rejecting God and being egocentric and not willing to submit and to and follow the light of creation, (see Romans1:18-32) to the Light of Life in Jesus the Christ. The pain will be on a soul level with no body, none of God's creation for expression or communication. The thought of being utterly alone with only one's own thoughts and missed opportunities for eternity is shear horror for me.
For me, that would be far beyond physical pain. In this way, there is the true exercise of free will to either become a part of God's Eternal Physical Family, in the making, or to choose an alternate...
Unfortunately, God has not Created an alternative for sinful and rebellious souls. Thus the statement in Jude 13: "Raging waves of the sea (humanity) foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness (void) for ever (eternal)."
We need to fully understand that "Free Will" is absolutely essential for love to exist. God is Love. If we are to be in Him and Him in us that will all of our "Free Will" we need to embrace God, His Creation and His provision for our redemption and salvation from the great rebellion in the world today. For as in Adam all die, even so, in Christ shall all be made alive, 1 Cor.15:22, Rom.10:9-10.
Ken Smith, DD, ThD (11/30/08)
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