I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Punishment in Hell

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Are there degrees of punishment in hell?

Yes. The degree of punishment will be commensurate with one's sin against the light (knowledge & understanding) which he or she has received. (see Revelation 20:12,13;22:12) In other words, the more we know and understand, the less we should sin. This applies to those of us who are saved as well as the lost.  We will be judged for our actions while in the body of Christ. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10  So, even those of us fortunate enough to have been chosen by God will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and will face degrees of punishment also. But, at least we will be in heaven.

That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.  From everyone who has been given much; much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. 
Luke 12:47,48

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