John 18:38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.”
There are several definitions of Truth, one being; “Sincerity in action, character, and utterance…the body of a real thing… a judgment…that is true or accepted as true.”
Truth is really a kind of absence, in fact, Truth IS the complete and total Absence of falseness.
Well, if Jesus IS the Truth, then how can we relate the above definition?
If you can, picture him as a vast ocean of crystal clear, unsalted water with no pollutants or boundaries, at all, and flawless in every way. Grab a glass and fill it with water and swallow it. Rejuvenating, thirst quenching and life giving, right? Of course! Now, put a little bit of falseness, as in cyanide, into the same glass of water. It is just about indistinguishable from the rest of the contents of the glass but has completely changed and is ultimately unconsumable, without causing death!!
In essence, this new glass of water is no longer representing the first glass of water and cannot be considered the truth. The truth has been replaced with falseness, right in front of you. The two are not able to exist at the same time.
Similarly, God is pure, has no boundaries and is perfect in every way. It is not possible for him to be replaced with falseness. In truth, falseness is unable to be where God is because he cannot be changed, so the falseness would be destroyed.
In this fallen world, falseness obscures the truth from us, but it does reveal just enough to deceive us into believing that IT is the truth.
Gen 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
Sin equals Falseness and will inevitably cause your body to die. It is for this reason that we cannot be in direct contact with God because we would be destroyed instantly. Being that he is a loving God, he does not want to destroy you. He wants to have a relationship with you, but he will not force you to accept him. He gives you the freedom of choice, to choose him or to continue living by your own distorted perspective of the truth.
Due to his great love for you, his sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, allows you to live for all eternity. If you decide to sincerely accept his relationship invitation, then you will live in eternity with him. If you reject that invitation, then you have chosen yourself and will still live for an eternity, but will be apart from him and all by your lonesome.
A place has already been created and set apart for Satan (Lucifer) and his fallen angels (demons) to live because of their decision to abide by their own desires. This place has already been manufactured so God doesn’t have any reason to build an extra dwelling place for the ones that have decided to follow the same route. This place is referred to as Hell, among other names.
On the side, one of the objections that people have is why God would choose to torture people for an eternity, just because they are not interested in a relationship with him. This is misunderstood. The bible does not say that there is torture in Hell. The word torment is used to describe that circumstance.
Luke 16:19-31 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.
In hell, where he was in TORMENT, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of TORMENT.’
Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ “
And also here:
Rev 14:9-11 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be
TORMENTED with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their TORMENT rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”
(The emphasis is mine, in the above passages.)
One definition of torment is described as, intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain. If you end up in Hell, you will not be in communion with God, nor will you be in contact with anyone else! When you choose your own distorted view of the truth, you are choosing self. Since you are choosing to live in eternity by yourself, then that is precisely the way it will be. You will be alone. Torment, in this case, can only
come from within.
If you experience suffering through mental or physical pain, it is completely self inflicted as you continually remember the choice you made. You will not be physically tortured by whips and chains and other devious methods of inflicting pain. There is sulfur and fire in Hell, but that is the environment as it was created. These things will obviously cause great pain, but it will not be used as a form of torture. Satan will not be hanging you by your feet, dipping your head into the lake of fire and laughing maniacally, while doing so. These things simply exist where you will be and their very nature is incompatible with human flesh.
Remember, YOU are choosing to be there, by choosing not to be with God. YOU have no-one to blame but yourself!
Don’t let this happen to you!