Let's get this part over with. "There is a way that SEEMS right to a man...Dennis, but the ways there of end in DEATH....yours". "The wisdom of man is FOOLISHNESS with God...Dennis...and so are your observations." "God laughs at the wise...Dennis, and is laughing at YOU." There...
The experience of burns in real life magnified over the entire self and for all eternity ever burning but never able to die or burn up did accomplish the intended goal of watching out that I did not do bad things that were unforgivable or leave the church. How one never burned up, however, remained for me as scientific impossibility.
The old feeling of I might be going to the ever burning Presbyterian Hell returned when I got a letter from the Board after having gone to AC reminding me I had yet to confess my faith even though they knew I had been home visiting. I was to contact them as soon as possible. I didn't of course. I had found new truth. I burned but not forever so I would not be confessing that faith.
I have probably had a dozen people, from the Churches of God, warn me over the years here that "You'll think differently when you are facing the Lake of Fire" This does not concern me as I have long since gotten over the idea that there is a Lake of Fire to be thrown into regretting I had eaten pork, tithed more faithfully, put the leaven out better and admitted that I was rejecting the one true Church, split, splinter and sliver along with competing Apostles and Prophets each cosigning the other to the Lake of Fire for watering down the teachings of Herbert W Armstrong who was only guessing at best.
And I simply don't know how to repent of good science done well that contradicts the Biblical explanations for all that is actually true.
The concept of Hell and The Lake of Fire is a human construct. The concept evolves even in scripture and the bottom line is that it has been used for 2000 years to keep the faithful organized, faithful, supportive and gyrating in their seats. It is a FEAR based threat for consequences of non-church compliance. And while perfect love may cast out FEAR. Evidently it does not cast out this one Fear put into the hearts of men by the clergy or the God they claim to speak for. It is the reason the philosopher Denis Diderot said:
So to avoid being told to get back to my On and On Anonymous meetings, let's let one picture be worth a thousand words and ask:
In what way is this the Love of God and the only way God , even the Church of God, God, can deal with the skeptical and unbelieving? My apologies for using such a horrific example in picture form to illustrate the obscene theological solution, portrayed to the faithful and unbelieving of that which I know the thinking Christian also wonders about but will not speak about in church of course.
But the fearful, (Can God not ask what they are afraid of?) and unbelieving, (Can not God find out why they don't believe?) and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, (Can God not find out why they are this way?) and all liars, (Can not God ask why they fear to tell the truth?)shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
The reality is that human beings of all creeds and religions have only been around the last 38 seconds if you portray the last 570 million years in one hour, and our individual lifespan of 70 years is just 0.00035% of the human experience.
Yet are punished for billions and billions and zillions of quintillions of years into eternity for not getting it right.
Think about that!