Jesus states in John 6:63 that His words that He spoke are spirit and life. This was said after a rather lengthy explanation that He and the Father are essentially one. Jesus explains that He is the bread of life and was sent by the Father to come and save mankind. He explained this “bread” metaphor in several ways; well, you can easily read the text for yourself.
So, here is my point for posting this information. Can your understanding of God’s Word (aka Jesus) pass what some have called the meditation test? Here is what I mean. Jesus’ words, true words from God, will give life and hope to its hearers. God’s word (Jesus being the Logos and giving the Spirit to all mankind to lead into all truth) will build our trust in Him, and in our Lord Jesus Christ. They will build our hope, increasing our love for Him and giving us a more full understanding of His plan to love all His creation.
Does your understanding of the Gospel do this? Does your understanding of God’s judgments give you this? Can you truly love God more through your understanding or belief in eternal conscious torment for those who “fail to believe in Jesus during this short life?” As you meditate on your understanding of “hell,” does your love for God grow? Does your faith in God grow? Ask yourself this final question: Why would the Spirit communicate a truth that only undermines or diminishes your trust in God and your love towards Him as you meditate on it (the concept or understanding of eternal conscious torment in hell)?
Please share with me how you deal with this situation/these questions. May God illuminate in you His eternal truth of the Good News of Jesus which is the salvation of all His creation!
Love in Christ,