[Replying to post 58 by For_The_Kingdom
The truth is the truth, and will remain true regardless of ones personal feelings/attitudes towards it.
See this is what I am talking about. People conflating their beliefs with The Truth and then regarding that as a licences to insult others with.
Jesus spoke more about hell than heaven. I wish you were there at that time, so you could ask him "how is such theology acceptable and a good and reasonable thing..."
As the observant are aware, none of us were 'there at the time' and assuming Jesus did exist and assuming Jesus did speak of hell, the aforementioned observant
understand that Christendom itself is well divided on what 'Hell' actually is, so The Truth is that all Christians should refrain from using the idea that humans are evil in the sight of GOD and that GOD is going to send them to hell, as a means to attack individuals or groups.
People can certainly have/share their opinion about the matter...but again, personal feelings are irrelevant to truth value.
Again, conflating ones belief systems with The Truth, is one of the reasons why this problem exists. Believing something is 'the truth' does not make it 'the truth'.
Even as Christians, we shouldn't go around condemning people to hell. But giving people fair warnings and encouraging them to change their direction in light of what is in front of them...I would say that is love.
And I would say that is creating potential business opportunity and controlling individuals though guilt and fear mongering.
Love has to be motivated by the actual truth, and it is plain that - as already mentioned - Christendom is divided on the actual existence of hell and what is actually meant by that. Until that question is sorted, one needs to refrain from calling one's particular interpretation about it as being 'the truth' of the matter and using that belief to attack others with and declaring that this is motivated by LOVE!!! No abuse is motivated by Love!
Is it a form of abuse?
No. Especially if you don't believe in hell
I reiterate that deciding what is abuse or not cannot be done on the basis of what one believes.
Should others have to take that kind of abuse about their persons without protesting it?
If you don't go to hell, then this would be a dead issue, wouldn't it be?
In that case such a thing is best left an issue for the departed rather than used as a device of abuse in the here and the now.