- Apr 16, 2017
If I wrote a cheque for the meals eaten by the diners in a whole five star restaurant, then stood up and told everyone that is what I had done, still only those who came to me to receive that cheque and place their own meme on it would receive payment for their meals. If the others were then unable to pay their bill, despite my generosity, they would still end up washing dishes ;-)
So the sinner who does not recieve the cheque, experiences death not eternal torment. The unbeleiver perishes (ceases to exist) while the believer experiences life. It's a here and now thing not just a future state. So though the unbeleiver perishes we also know that even the unbeliever will be resurrected unto judgement. But that judgement / condemnation is for a purpose, otherwise God would be unjust in resurrecting the unbeliever as they have already paid the wages for sin by perishing or dying. Is God so vengeful that even after dying he feels the need to use the power of the cross to resurrect the unbeliever so he can torture them forever? I don't accept that.