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God's Purpose for Hell: a compelling probe of God's love for the lost Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B084M591KR
- Publication date : February 8, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1528 KB
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- Print length : 241 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #2,614,790 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #8,223 in Christian Commentaries (Kindle Store)
- #17,900 in Christian Ministry & Church Leadership (Kindle Store)
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I think Pike is creating God is his image. In my view, the God I see in the Bible is one who gives people time to obey him and have faith in Him but when that time is up, he destroys them. There is no prison time under the Law. God's nature doesn't seem to be one of painful correction as he brings blessings on the just and the unjust in this realm. God doesn't force us to believe in Him in this realm, why would he torture people until they believe in Him in some "hell?"
D. Robert Pike’s book “God’s Purpose for Hell” has caused me to rethink the Bible’s position on this subject. Though I had read a couple of books on Universal Salvation (or Universal Reconciliation) prior to this one I was not persuaded to change my beliefs. Pike’s book opened a window into my thoughts. I am not without reservation, but I have pursued the subject with an open mind.
One point I particularly appreciated, and which I do not recall having read previously, is how God changed Nebuchadnezzar, the pagan emperor of Babylon who had destroyed Jerusalem, into a believer by punishing him. See Daniel 4:29-37. Since God miraculously intervened to convert Nebuchadnezzar (or, to give another example, Saul/Paul in Acts 9:1-19), would not a loving and just God afford such opportunities to save everyone? Obviously, not everyone is converted in this life. But Hebrews 9:27 tells us that after death comes judgment. Perhaps it is in this judgment period that God gives such a prospect. Consider Philippians 2:9-11 which reads “Therefore God has highly exalted [Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and UNDER THE EARTH, AND EVERY TONGUE confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” This passage (and others not quoted in this review) lend credence to the belief in universal reconciliation.
I hope that each reader will consider the information presented in this book with an open mind. Just think how wonderful it will be to spend an eternity with all of our loved ones; to have enemies become friends; and to get to know all of our relatives (past, present and future), through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I have read this book cover-to-cover and have had my heart jump with glee over the simple truths that have been revealed. I have always known my God to be the very personification of Love, and that is one of the reasons I have had such a problem with the whole idea of eternal, unending torture for a person's lack of faith in a short 70 - 80 years lifespan in an inherited sinful flesh. I have repeated the same tired old argument that we have all heard and shared: God does not send us to Hell, we send ourselves there, etc. I have even tried to mitigate the horrors of Hell by using arguments that our Hell would be an eternity separated from God's love, and how that could be torturous to our spirit. No matter what I came up with, I just could not get comfortable with the whole idea of Hell as preached by many of the Orthodox Christian churches of today. My way of dealing with this has been to just ignore it, and accept that it really doesn't affect me because I know where I am going. That, my friends, is a "cop-out."
The biggest problem for me, as a Chaplain, is to counsel people when they are going through the pain and suffering of having lost a loved one in death. I can preach a great funeral for someone who was known to have walked with Jesus in their lifetime. However, how do you comfort a family of believers who question God's eternal plan and purpose for a family member who never embraced Jesus as Lord and Savior? How do you look someone in the eye and tell them that God loves them, but not the family member who just died? How do you explain that the God Who created the universe and is capable of all things, was not capable of saving their loved one, and now it is too late for second chances? How can we really believe that we puny mortals can frustrate the will and desires of an omnipotent God? These are the kinds of things that have forced me to deal with a subject that has been a thorn in my side for years. And now, by God's grace, I have been able to see things from a different perspective, through the pages of Dr. Pike's labor of love.
I feel silly, now, realizing that for so many years, the answers have been out there, yet so few people have taken the time to find them. Here I have been working so hard to figure out why God would act so contrary to His nature, and explain why He would do things that seem so far removed from His nature as the God of Love... when the fact is that I have been looking at things from the wrong side. I have missed the obvious truth that when something man teaches about God seems completely opposite to the very nature of God, perhaps we should investigate the teachings of man, first? Let's see what their arguments are, check their resources, and question their logic, and hold their teachings to the fire and see what remains. When I read this book about what the early church believed, and what started creeping into the church over the centuries, it all started making sense to me. When the original Hebrew and Greek words were examined in their context, and the fact that translators have been lax in how they translated the words Sheol, Hades, and Gehenna, it started to reveal some real truths about the issues of sinful man trying to interject their own philosophies into God's written word.
I am not trying to write another book, here, but I wanted to do justice to my review of Dr. Pike's book. The most important thing he has said in his book is that he wants everyone who reads this book to do their own diligence and their own study and come to their own conclusions. Though he honestly believes that his conclusions are correct, he is not so proud as to declare himself the arbiter of all truth. He has humbly and prayerfully presented the facts of his own extensive study, and I must say that I am grateful to him and to my Lord Jesus for blessing his labor of love in the writing of this wonderful book. Whether you agree 100% with his conclusions or not, you need to add this book to your library, as it is extensively researched and beautifully articulated. I believe that many people will have an epiphony when they read this book, and will be on their knees before God in prayer thanking Him for answering those nagging questions they have kept hidden in the recesses of their own minds for so many years. Thank you, Dr. Pike, for your obedience to our Lord in taking on such a difficult project, and seeing it through to fruition...
Blessings to you and yours,
God's Free Gift Ministries