The belief that God does not destroy is based on the premise that all killing is sin. It is said that God can't destroy, kill, because the sixth commandment says, Thou shalt not kill. Since the Ten Commandments are a transcript of God's character they contend that if God were to kill He would be breaking His own law. If God were to break His own law He would be a sinner just like the rest of us. This is very true. If God were to break His own law, He would be a sinner. Satan would be right when he says that God is unfair, inconsistent and can't be trusted. The question that should be asked is: Is all killing breaking the law, or has God made exceptions to the rule?
When we look at the way God says things, we need look at it very carefully so we get the whole picture. Most people when asked, "Is being angry with someone the same as killing them?", would usually answer with an emphatic, Yes! Their answer is based on the verse in
Now, let's look at the verse that precedes the one we have just looked at.
Whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Both of them are put in the same context. And yet the sixth commandment simply says, Thou shalt not kill. Is it possible that taking it at face value may be a bit simplistic. Let's look at some laws that God lays down only weeks after He gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. I think that they may make things a bit clearer. By the way, scholars agree that the word kill as used in the sixth commandment would be more accurately translated murder, giving it a completely different meaning. To murder is to end life in cold blood for no good reason. To kill may be accidental or with good reason.
In Leviticus we find God laying down the laws that are instructing His people how they are to deal with specific sins.
Leviticus 20.8 says: And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you. He then goes on to instruct His people as to which sins are worthy of death. Yes, that is what I said. Not only that, they are instructed to do the killing. Have a look at them. Starting with verse 9 and ending with verse 16.
In Numbers 25:1-14 we find a story about God's people getting involved in some of the types of sin that we have looked at in Leviticus and how it was dealt with and how God dealt with an individual who took things into his own hands.
"And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor. And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel. Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites."
From what we have looked at so far, it should be getting clear that to kill with a cause is not sin. In fact, when it was done with a cause God commended and rewarded the one who did it, and it was no small reward. But this is only one of many examples found in the Bible.
Now let's look at what God says about Himself in: Deuteronomy 32:39 "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand." Let's now look at two of the occasions where God did the killing personally.
Numbers 16:1-35, 41-49 "Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will show who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi. And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them? And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also? For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him? And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up. And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow: And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer. And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron. And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.
But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD. And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces. And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.
Korah would not have taken the course he did had he known that all the directions and reproofs communicated to Israel were from God. But he might have known this. God had given overwhelming evidence that He was leading Israel. But Korah and his companions rejected light until they became so blinded that the most striking manifestations of His power were not sufficient to convince them; they attributed them all to human or satanic agency. The same thing was done by the people, who the day after the destruction of Korah and his company came to Moses and Aaron, saying, "Ye have killed the people of the Lord." Notwithstanding they had had the most convincing evidence of God's displeasure at their course, in the destruction of the men who had deceived them, they dared to attribute His judgments to Satan, declaring that through the power of the evil one, Moses and Aaron had caused the death of good and holy men. It was this act that sealed their doom. They had committed the sin against the Holy Spirit, a sin by which man's heart is effectually hardened against the influence of divine grace. "Whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man," said Christ, "it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him." Matthew 12:32. These words were spoken by our Saviour when the gracious works which He had performed through the power of God were attributed by the Jews to Beelzebub. It is through the agency of the Holy Spirit that God communicates with man; and those who deliberately reject this agency as satanic, have cut off the channel of communication between the soul and Heaven.
God works by the manifestation of His Spirit to reprove and convict the sinner; and if the Spirit's work is finally rejected, there is no more that God can do for the soul. The last resource of divine mercy has been employed. The transgressor has cut himself off from God, and sin has no remedy to cure itself. There is no reserved power by which God can work to convict and convert the sinner. "Let him alone" (Hosea 4:17) is the divine command. Then "there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. "
Leviticus 10:1-3 "And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace."
God's Word is clear that all killing is not sin. In fact, there may be times when we may be sinning if we don't kill. Those who promote the theory that God doesn't kill/destroy are looking at things in a very simplistic way and they are deceived.
There may be some who are asking, "why then don't we follow these laws today?" The Jews lived under a theocracy and God communicated with the leaders directly. Today we live under secular governments who don't understand these principals and so we would get into real trouble if we were to follow them. God also wants us to let Him take care of things for us. "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
When individuals are in error it will eventually lead them to deny obvious truths and come to very illogical conclusions.
Here are some of them.
It is said by those holding the God can't kill/destroy theory that, whenever we read about a destroying angel that it is always talking about Satan. It is a fact that Satan is allowed to kill and destroy, but when there is a good reason God will do this work.
Example of God killing. "And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts." Exodus 11:4, 5. God only destroys the wicked and He only does it after He has given them ample warning and they refuse to separate from rebellion and sin and there is nothing more that can be done to get them to change. Even after all of this, many times He will only destroy them if they are really hindering His program.
Example of Satan killing/destroying. The book of Job is a good example of this.
God is all-knowing and can read minds and is aware of exactly what everyone is planning and thinking about. In fact, He knew exactly what was going to happen today, from the beginning of time, whenever that was. If an individual can stop something from happening, or never allow it, he carries responsibility for its happening. Allowing something to happen if you have the power to stop it is the same as giving permission. Since God is aware of everything that is going to happen and it can't happen without His input, permission, then He is responsible for everything that happens in the universe, good or bad. Even here in this sinful world we understand this when we say, the one who gives the orders is responsible. When a soldier does something wrong while on duty, what is the first question that is asked? Was he following orders? And if so, who gave the orders? In other words, we want to know who is responsible for the actions. If he was following orders then the individual who gave the orders is responsible and is dealt with. The individual who carried them out may get off the hook completely. A lot of the killing that is done here on earth is done by someone who is under orders from higher up. Do we say that the ones in leadership are innocent, not responsible, even though they may never have taken part in the act of killing? No, usually everything possible is done to stop those in leadership. If God allows, or gives Satan permission, to kill and destroy, God is responsible for it, since Satan or anyone else can't do anything without God's permission.
Those who promote the theory that God doesn't destroy/kill would like to refute this, but can't. Because even though God may not personally kill, He would still be responsible for all the killing as if He had been personally involved.
Here is the argument that one of the followers of this theory gave me when trying to refute this. "God has the power to do anything, but He gave up this option, when He gave to every created being free moral choice. He is not able to keep man from sinning because of man's free moral choice otherwise He would have destroyed the devil right at the beginning."
Is this true? Is God unable to keep man from sinning? Here is the outcome of this kind of human logic. Say Jim has done something that makes Sam very angry with him. Sam decides that he is going to kill Jim and he comes after Jim with a gun. From what they believe, God is powerless to stop Sam from sinning, killing Jim. So, Jim gets killed because God can't protect him. But is God powerless? We have all heard stories where God has stepped in and miraculously saved an individual from someone wanting to do them harm. There are stories where a gun would not go off when pointed at someone but would go off every time it was pointed away from them. If God was truly as impotent as they say He is, then everyone, even the godly, better go out and get a gun to protect themselves from all those out of control people out there. Also, if God is powerless to keep them from sinning, they must have a very strong willpower to keep from sinning in their own strength. Their religion becomes very legalistic and their god is impotent.
So, according to them, it is because God gave intelligent beings free moral choice that He didn't destroy Lucifer (Satan) at the beginning, having given up His option to control intelligent beings. It needs to be understood that intelligent beings can't sin without freedom of choice and sin couldn't exist without it - there would be no sin to destroy. But, once God gave beings free moral choice He couldn't destroy sin because He had given them the freedom to choose sin, abandoning His right to deal with and control sin. But, even this twisted logic still puts the responsibility for sin smack in God's lap, since sin came about because of something He did - giving free moral choice. God, being all-knowing, knew that giving intelligent beings free moral choice would result in sin sooner or later, yet He still did it.
My God is in complete control of everything. Nothing happens without His permission. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Those who promote this theory say that the Old Testament does not really give a true picture of God. Here is what one of the proponents of this theory told me on this. "You can't expect the Old Testament writers to explain it (God's character). Most of them didn't understand it themselves. May I suggest that you study the New Testament and you will get a whole new concept of God. A God that does and will destroy? Yes, But not the way man thinks of destroying. You see God wouldn't be God if He had to stoop to man's ideas. There can never be a correlation of the way man rules as to the way God rules. My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways saith the Lord. The Bible says holy men of God were moved to write, God did not put words in their mouths, they wrote what they believed. And they crucified Christ because of their concept that they were doing God a favor by nailing Christ to the cross."
They go on to say that the Old Testament is distorted and that the true picture of God is to be found in the New Testament. It would appear that they have forgotten that the Book of Revelation is in the New Testament. Most of this book describes God's relationship to sin and the unrepentant sinner and it totally supports what the Old Testament picture of God is. But look carefully at this logic. They are saying that God's revealed word in the Old Testament can't be trusted. So, who are they asking us to trust? They say that God doesn't think like we do and there can never be a correlation of the way man rules as to the way God rules, and that our ideas of God are wrong when we say that God destroys. Who gave man the rules found in Leviticus? Who gave the Ten Commandments? It would appear that they believe that the instructions that God gave us to live by are totally different from the way He rules. So then, whose ideas are right? They say theirs are. Based on what? What they think? Their god is a creation of their thoughts, man's thoughts. It is not based on a thus saith the lord, but a thus saith man (them). This is exactly who they say we shouldn't trust. But they are at the same time trying to convince us that they are right and that we should trust them. So, we're not to trust man, we are to trust them (man). How logical is that?
It is true that Jesus didn't come the way the Jews expected Him to come when He came as a babe. When He came the first time he came to seek and to save the lost. The Jews mistook the prophecies regarding His second coming to pertain to the first. If they had studied the scriptures with an open mind they could have known the truth. But they were a proud bunch and wanted to believe that He was going to come and destroy there enemies and free them. So, they distorted the scriptures and taught a false doctrine as truth. But they were wrong due to their own misguided desires, not because there was a problem with the Old Testament. They had the mentality that if enough people believe something, it becomes truth, and they could manipulate God into doing what they wanted. But, Jesus didn't do what they wanted Him to do, and it wasn't because they didn't try. They hated Jesus because they couldn't manipulate Him.
When Jesus came here the first time His purpose was to seek and to save the lost, not pass judgment. That was a future undertaking. So for the most part, Jesus showed us the side of God that is His seeking and saving side. But He also showed us the side of God that hates sin in all its forms. He demonstrated this on the two occasions of His cleansing of the temple. He showed it when he cursed the fig tree and it withered and died. He showed it again at the end of His ministry when he derided the scribes and Pharisees. God is truly a loving God and the great majority of His actions are actions of love, mercy and compassion. He is also very long suffering, far more than we are. In fact, we sometimes get impatient with how slow God is when dealing with 'bad' things. Jesus was here for only three years and since He wanted to show us what God was like, we only see a very small part of the vengeful God that hates sin. The vengeful part of God is only a very small part of who God is. In fact, Isaiah calls it a strange act because it seems to be totally out of character for God. This side of God is a very small part of who God is and He spends only a very small part of His time doing it, especially when compared to eternity. It is for this reason that when Jesus was here for only three years we saw so little of it. But it was there, none the less, and it won't be a pretty thing when He pours out His wrath against sin and the unrepentant sinner. Remember the sinners in the temple who fled in abject terror when Jesus cleansed the temple. They fled for their very lives. Why did they do this? What did they see? A God of love? Or a God that hates sin with a perfect hatred and who, if divinity had not been shrouded in humanity, shielding them from that hatred, would have consumed them on the spot. They got a small, a very small taste of the side of God that hates sin. Yes, God will carry out what He says he will do. And He will not give the responsibility of doing it to a filthy sinful being. He will stand up like a MAN and take His responsibility seriously and do what he has said He will do, and personally destroy sin and those who refuse to separate from sin forever.
Another problem this error creates is God's inability to bring sin to an end. If God can't destroy/kill the unrepentant sinner then how do you end sin? They believe that Satan and the wicked are always the ones doing the destroying, so ultimately Satan will destroy sin, unrepentant sinners and himself. Let's go along with this idea for a bit and see how this would play out. Since Satan is in control of destroying sin then he is the one who decides when and how it gets done, if ever. So this theory teaches that Satan, the epitome of evil, will at some future date, totally cleanse the world of evil. Have you ever tried to clean grease off of your hands with more of the same grease? How did you do?
I would like to look at God and sin from the perspective of light and darkness. Jesus says, "I am the light of the world." John 8:12 Satan and everything evil is equated with darkness. "…but this is your hour, and the power of darkness." Luke 22:53
What happens when a light is introduced to darkness? Can the darkness argue with the light and push it away or keep it from shining? Or, is the darkness completely powerless over the light and simply disappears. Light is all-powerful and darkness has no power to resist it at all, it simply flees, vanishes when light appears. Darkness can't exist in the presence of light. One could say that darkness is vaporized, destroyed by light. Can darkness ever become light? Can darkness create light? Can darkness destroy darkness? Have you ever been in a totally dark room, or deep in a cave and the lights were turned off. When you were there, did you ever see the darkness destroy itself and create light? Even just a small flash now and then? Can darkness do anything to get rid of itself so there would be light when it is gone? Never, darkness can't destroy itself and become light in doing so, only light can destroy darkness. And darkness is instantly destroyed by light. Darkness is powerless to stop its destruction by light. In the presents of light it ceases to exist. Light is a consuming fire to darkness in all its forms. This law is one of the most constant laws that exists. It has never changed and it will never change. Darkness is destroyed by the presence of light -- period.
Sin and God have the same relationship as light and darkness. Sin can't exist in the presence of God. The instant God reveals himself, sin is vaporized. It has no choice, there is no argument. It simply ceases to exist, just as darkness ceases to exist in the presence of light. "To sin, wherever found, "our God is a consuming fire."
So, you may be saying, "Why do we see so much sin in this world? Where is God? Isn't He everywhere?" "Yes, God is everywhere." "So, why does sin exist?", you ask. "Shouldn't it be consumed the instant it comes into existence?" "Yes, but God shields himself from sin, the sinner. If God didn't put a shield between Himself and sin, sin would instantly vaporize the moment it came into existence." Let me explain. First, what is sin? "Sin is the transgression of the law."
Before God created the first intelligent being He, (God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit) understood, that the instant they created an intelligent being with the power of choice, they would create someone who could choose to rebel against them (sin). Remember God is all-knowing. They knew that it was only a matter of time and one of these beings would sin. It was inevitable. An intelligent being will have questions about everything around him and with his power of choice he will choose to question everything around him, even those in authority. When you start to question authority and indulge in any kind of negative feelings about that authority, you have sinned. So the Godhead talked over the foreseen problem and came to an agreement. They agreed that the instant one of the new beings sinned, Jesus would step in and shield the sinner from God's Glory. Jesus would take responsibility for the sin and at some future date, die, in place of the sinner if the sinner repented of his sin. Once the sinner was made aware of his sin and given ample opportunity to repent of his sin, Jesus would cover for the sin "indefinitely"*. But, if the sinner refused to repent and align himself with God, he would have to die for his sin.
Why on earth did God decide to allow sin? Didn't He know what the result would be? He is all-knowing, isn't He? He knew exactly what would happen! In fact, He even knew who would start it all, what would happen in heaven and here on earth because of it. He knew the minutest details of the whole thing such as, that you would be born, exactly what you would do, and how you would respond to Him. He even knew that you would be reading what is written here and what your response would be. He knew it all from the foundation of time. So why did He do it?
First, let's look at a little scenario of what would have happened if he hadn't made a plan that would allow sin to exist for a time. God creates some angels and for a time everything is fine. But then one of them, Lucifer, begins to question Jesus' place in the scheme of things, which led to sin. Poof, there's a flash and a column of ashes falls to the earth. He is instantly vaporized exactly where he stood when the sinful thought took place. Remember, God is present everywhere and His Glory vaporizes sin the instant it comes into existence. So Lucifer is gone and all that remains is a pile of ashes. The angels that are in the area gasp in amazement. What happened? Where did he go? At first no one knows because they are totally unaware of sin or what it is. Then the questions begin. They go to God or Jesus and ask, "What happened to Lucifer?" God says, "Well, he sinned." "What is sin?", they ask. "Well, you see, I am God and this is my Son. He is God too, and this is the Holy Spirit. He is also one of Us. We created you and you are not to question anything we say or do. You are not to think that we are unfair or unreasonable. Doing this is sin. See, it is impossible for Us to do anything wrong or ask you to do anything wrong. We are Love and only Love and if you question that or anything we ask of you, well, that is sin. Also, you need to know that Sin cannot exist in our presence. It will be consumed the instant it comes into existence. By the way, Lucifer made that mistake and that is why he is now only a pile of ashes. Since only an intelligent being with the power of choice can sin, the individual who sins will be consumed the instant they sin. Sin can't be separated from them, because it is an integral part of them. Understood?" Within seconds flashes and columns of ash begin to fall to the earth all around. In a very short time all that is left of the angels are piles of ashes on the ground. "Well," says Jesus, "that was a failure! Shall We create a new batch and see how long they last?" What would you think of a God like that? Oh, sorry, you wouldn't have long to think about it.
"The fire of God is the outshining of his love, then in the "never-ending" sense, this fire is truly eternal. And only the righteous can survive in God's "continual burnings". I have found no evidence in the Scriptures that this eternal fire ever "goes out". Instead I sing with gusto the old chorus, "I've got a home in glory land that outshines the sun.""
Even though I am stuck here on the planet where Satan ended up, I am glad that God didn't destroy sin the instant it came into existence. I am very grateful that He loved the beings that He created enough that He came up with a plan that would allow us to discover what sin was and make an educated decision as to whether we would stay involved in it or repent and have nothing more to do with it.
As we have already learned, sin cannot exist in the presence of God just like darkness can't exist in the presence of light. The individual who sins cannot remove it from himself. Someone in authority or in control is the only one who can remove it. The one who allowed it to begin in the first place is the only one who can take responsibility for it, as though he were guilty of it himself. A created being could not do this because he would not be in this position of authority. In place of the sinner, the person in authority must die for the sin because the wages of sin is death. Remember, sin cannot exist outside of an intelligent being. So, the individual who has the sin, either by commission or by accepting it as though he had committed it, must die eternally. Only God has the authority to take the sin from the sinner. Jesus, being one in authority, chose to do this. He offered to take our sins upon himself, as if he had committed them, and die so we wouldn't have to. But, in order for Jesus to be free from the sins of repentant sinners, that he took upon Himself, and be allowed to exist in God's presence and not die eternally, there had to be someone else to take them, a 'scapegoat', someone else who would ultimately have to bear them and die eternally for them. The incredible thing about this is that Jesus would have done this, died eternally, even if no one else had been found to take the sin. In other words, if all sinners had asked for forgiveness, Jesus would have been willing to die for their sins, for all eternity. Somebody had to! Does God love us? I don't think we can begin to comprehend His love for us.
God cannot allow sin to go on forever. sooner or later it has to be cleaned up. This is where Lucifer (Satan, the Devil) comes into the picture. He happens to be the first one to have sinned and also decided that he would not repent of his sin. He was given ample opportunity to do so, but refused. The Godhead plead with him but he would not relent. If Lucifer had repented Jesus would have taken his sin and eventually died for them and then transferred them to another unrepentant sinner who would have taken up the leadership of the rebellious. Or Jesus would have had to die for these sins Himself, eternally. But, Satan decided that he wanted that leadership role himself.
Lucifer, the one who committed the first sin and refused to repent, became the 'scapegoat'. After God has judged every intelligent being and removed all the sin that Jesus took from repentant sinners, He places them on Lucifer. The unrepentant sinners keep the sins that they have committed. After everyone agrees that God has been completely fair, just, and loving in all His ways, they all acknowledge that He has given each of them ample time to decide whose side they will take. They also acknowledge that He has loved them with a love that passes all understanding but in spite of all this, they have turned away from that love and refused to acknowledge Him as their leader. The shield that has been kept between the sinner and God for so long is removed and the glory of God flashes forth from Him and consumes those who would not give up their sins. There is nothing left but piles of ashes on the ground.
The beings who are left are completely convinced that God is totally just in all His ways, a truly Loving God who has nothing but their good at heart and they will never question Him again. The universe will then go on through the ceaseless ages of eternity and sin will never raise its ugly head again. The saved will live in a perfect environment with endless youthful vigor, exploring and enjoying the bounties on the worlds of an endless universe.
"If we teach the truth according to our own ways, we shall see that there will not always be perfect harmony as there should be. But if we teach the truth as it is in Jesus, we shall teach it in the spirit of the true Educator; and we will not have various opinions, and cling to our own ideas with tenacity, but we will see eye to eye. And while we thus teach, believing that Jesus will help us to present the truth as it is in Him, then we may expect His help, and we will have it."
"Those who ignore or deny the special evidences of God's power, are preparing the way for the arch-deceiver to exalt himself before the people as superior to the God of Israel.
Many accept the reasoning of these would-be wise men as truth, when in fact it undermines the very foundations which God has laid. Such teachers are the ones described by inspiration, who must become fools in their own estimation, that they may be wise. God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. By those who are guided only by human wisdom, the simplicity of His mighty workings is called foolishness. They think themselves wiser than their Creator, when in fact they are victims of finite ignorance and childish conceit. It is this that holds them in the darkness of unbelief, so that they do not discern the power of God, and tremble before Him."
* Jesus covers only sins that are repented of. It takes only one sin unrepented of to remove the covering from all of them. "Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered."
Those who want us to believe that God doesn't destroy tell us that removing this belief was one of Jesus' primary reasons for coming here. Yet we see nothing of this in His teachings or the teachings of His disciples at all. But there was a misconception that people had that He did focused on and spent much time trying to change. That misconception was that God hated sinners. The people of that time held to the position that God would bring calamities upon sinners and sinners only. They believed that if you became sick or something bad happened to you that it was the wrath of God. On one occasion Jesus' disciples asked him, "saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." The experience of Job was given partly to dispel this theory but it didn't accomplish it.
The false belief that Jesus tried to counteract when he was here was the belief that God hates sinners. God doesn't hate sinners He hates sin. There is a big difference. If he hated sinners not one of us would ever make it to heaven. Not even Enoch would be in heaven if this were the case. Everyone other than Jesus who has been born into this world is a sinner. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." So, if God hated the sinner as was believed when Jesus was here no one could ever be saved, God would destroy everyone on this earth.
So, one of the beliefs that Jesus came here to refute was not that God destroys, He never went their. It was the belief that God hates and destroys sinners. God hates and destroys sin not sinners. Now, if the sinner refuses to separate from sin then when God destroys sin they get destroyed along with it. Their getting destroyed is their own fault, their own doing. Why? Because they have been given ample warning but have refused to give up their sin. Every time God has destroyed the wicked (those who refuse to give up sin) they have been given ample warning. Before God sent the flood to destroy the wicked He gave them 120 years of warning. No one had an excuse. All are sinners but all are not wicked. It is the wicked that God destroys. Since they have knowing chosen to choose sin rather than righteousness God has no choice but to destroy them with the sin that His very presence consumes.
People have misconstrued what God has taught all down threw time and they are continuing to do so. The theory that God doesn't destroy is one of those faults teachings and if those who believe this false theory don't give it up their end will be the end of the wicked.
"Korah and his companions rejected light until they became so blinded that the most striking manifestations of His power were not sufficient to convince them; they attributed them all to human or satanic agency. The same thing was done by the people, who the day after the destruction of Korah and his company came to Moses and Aaron, saying, "Ye have killed the people of the Lord." Notwithstanding they had had the most convincing evidence of God's displeasure at their course, in the destruction of the men who had deceived them, they dared to attribute His judgments to Satan, declaring that through the power of the evil one, Moses and Aaron had caused the death of good and holy men. It was this act that sealed their doom. They had committed the sin against the Holy Spirit, a sin by which man's heart is effectually hardened against the influence of divine grace. "Whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man," said Christ, "it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him." Matthew 12:32. These words were spoken by our Saviour when the gracious works which He had performed through the power of God were attributed by the Jews to Beelzebub. It is through the agency of the Holy Spirit that God communicates with man; and those who deliberately reject this agency as satanic, have cut off the channel of communication between the soul and Heaven.
God works by the manifestation of His Spirit to reprove and convict the sinner; and if the Spirit's work is finally rejected, there is no more that God can do for the soul. The last resource of divine mercy has been employed. The transgressor has cut himself off from God, and sin has no remedy to cure itself. There is no reserved power by which God can work to convict and convert the sinner. "Let him alone" (Hosea 4:17) is the divine command. Then "there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." Hebrews 10:26, 27." PP 404, 405
God loves sinners but He hates sin. God is continually pleading with sinners to repent of their sins and to leave then. This was the main thrust of His ministry. He made it very clear that He loved sinners. In fact that is one of the things that He was accused of doing by those who claimed not to be sinners. Jesus called them wicked and spent no time hanging around with them. In fact he rebuked and condemned them. It is the wicked that God will destroy not sinners. This is what Jesus spent a large part of His ministry trying to show people. But this teaching has been taken out of context and is being used to say that Jesus was teaching that God doesn't destroy. This is a deception of the Devil and will be the ruin of many.
Some who do not want to throw out God's word totally agree that God will destroy sin but He will not destroy the individual. So, in the end when all the wicked have surrounded the New Jerusalem and God rains fire and brimstone down from heaven and utterly destroys sin, every little part of it, so there is not a single bit of sin found anywhere in the whole universe….and when it has all been consumed, destroyed by God's presence…..what is left? Only sinless beings. If sin has been consumed, destroyed, eradicated, then there is no sin anywhere not even in human beings. Then every human being in existence would be sinless. That would mean that every human being would be eligible to enter the new Jerusalem and live forever in the presence of God and the Holy angels. If this were so, and God can destroy sin without destroying the sinner then why didn't their Loving God do it when it first came into existence. Why did their Loving God allow sin and suffering to go on all these thousands of years when he could have consumed it the instant it came into existence and left the individual unharmed and clean from sin. What would this have done to freedom of choice? God's Justus? Reaping what one sows? No, we are not simply robots. Our choices come with real consequences. And someday soon God will cleanse the earth of sin and sinners. If there where no sinners there would be no sin.
If sin and the sinner is to be removed, The God of the universe has to annihilate both of them He cannot destroy one and not the other. Logic demands it. If you manufacture something, and it becomes flawed somewhere in the process, you have to destroy the item in order to destroy the flaw. You cannot destroy the flaw without destroying the item.
In the end, God will cleanses the universe of sin. And by so doing, He will destroy sin and all those who refuse to let it go.