Gary Smith favored us with:
What is the problem? Didn't I cite the scripture I was using for authority? I mean whatever "destruction" that the savior says awaits all those who follow the broad path instead of the strait gate.Are you referring to the LDS definition of hell, or the protestant version?
This is all correct doctrine, but I cannot see its relevance if you are trying to rebut me. Mormon hell or Baptist hell, the way to destruction is broad, and the way to life is narrow and strait.Last I looked it up, there is a temporary hell in spirit prison, where sins not repented of will be paid for by the individual. DC 132 tells us that some celestial beings may even have to pay for some of their own sins in this hell.
So, that does not tell me anything concerning the level of righteousness of a person.I didn't say anything about levels of righteousness. I simply paraphrased the scripture that says only a few find the strait gate and narrow path that leads to life.
I agree but consider this a different discussion. I was merely pointing out that only those who enter in by the strait gate and narrow path obtain "life." The road to destruction is broad. Hence there will be few in the Celestial Kingdom compared with the Telestial and Terrestrial kingdoms.Even the murderer/adulterer King David told us he would not stay in hell. The other hell, Outer Darkness, is a permanent place for those who totally reject Christ. Although I believe that many preachers are false prophets (some are just deceived by the world), I do not believe the majority of them will enter Outer Darkness. They don't qualify.
Exceptions do not invalidate the rule. That is, a true principle is true whether it applies in every case or merely in most cases.I am not avoiding the fact of hell. I'm just not seeing your easy blanket statement as being true. Why? Because there are going to be exceptions.
Yep. The Savior must have known this when he said "few there be that find it." Perhaps he wasn't factoring in the little children.Little children who have never heard of Christ, but die before the age of eight are already his. Yet, they aren't baptized, nor have they really accepted any gospel, since they are too young to understand it or accept it.
John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED]
"A liberal in the Church is merely one who does not have
a testimony." --President Harold B. Lee
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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