The Redeeming Fire - Original Writing Essay
“And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:39)
Since I was young, the image of God taught to me by my parents or different Sunday school teachers was one of a father. I have always been taught that the he, the God of the universe loves me, he pursues me, and he looks out for me. This has always been an inviting, warm and comforting fact that the creator, was on my side. But at the same time that I was learning of his love and justice, I was taught he would also send you to hell for eternity for not returning that love. Even as an 9-year-old boy, this didn’t make any sense, it was as if his justice, trumped his love for us in the end, like he wanted to save and forgive us but, his justice sent us to hell. As I continued to grow up in the church this idea seemed to contradict itself more and more. How could our father, who loves us more than we can imagine condemn a large portion of his people to eternity without him? As I continued to search high and low for answers I came across the book of Revelation.
Through a set of beautifully described visions, the book of Revelation tells the story of the end times of this world. To an outsider looking in this book is violent, destructive, and ultimately sentences a large portion of mankind to eternal damnation. That doesn’t paint a loving picture of our so called “father”. But as I continued to read, and hear different…