By definition we humans are relational beings and there are two reasons for this; one is ontological and one is by genetic necessity.
Ontologically, that is pertaining to the study or theory of existence we are relational because we are made in YHVH’s image and YHVH is, in His very nature and essence, an eternally relational being.
Some theologies may be faulted for implying that there was some deficiency in “God” which was rectified via creation. Crudely stated, “God” was lonely and so created creatures with whom to relate.
However, when considering biblical Trinitarian theology we conclude that YHVH created His creation merely to share his relational love. This is because the Trinity is one single “God” who exists, is expressed, as three persons the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. YHVH is a personal being meaning that He exhibits characteristics of personhood; volition, love, etc. (find the Trinity all over the Bible here) YHVH has, as a very aspect of His very nature and essence, relationship. This is because for all eternity He has experienced relation within the godhead. Moreover, this relationship is both diverse amongst the three persons and unified as He is one “God.”
Genetically relation is a necessity for the simple reason that we must copulate in order to reproduce (less so in our modern era of implantation).
Sin, backstabbing, betrayal, wrong doing, etc. breaks relationship. Thus, reconciliation is required in order to mend relationship.
Even if a person lied only once and did so 24 years ago but is unrepentant, they are still a liar today. How so, after all they have not lied for 24 years. Well, they are still a liar because they have not repented; not turned from their sin, their lie, not apologized, not repented. Same goes for any and all unethical actions.
We have all wrongs an innumerable number of people. Even if we apologized to them all, the fact is that some have passed away, some have moved away and we can no longer find them, some would refuse to forgive us, etc.
Thus, we require reconciliation but cannot gain it from other humans. This means that we required ultimate reconciliation which we can get only from YHVH. But how can YHVH forgive something that we did to someone else, someone who is not Him? Because when someone bumps into one of my children their natural reaction is to look around for the parent and say sorry to me. This is because they recognize my authority, my guardianship and that I am, in a manner of speaking, their creator. Likewise, YHVH is our creator, our authority and the personification of our Father. The only manner whereby we can be granted ultimate reconciliation is via YHVH and He has offered via the freewill offering which was made the Messiah Jesus.
Matthew 25:41 states that “everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” This means that human only end up there if they, in a manner of speaking, want to. In other words, if they make a freewill decision to reject salvation.
But why is hell eternal, why is it everlasting fire? Why not just torture them for a while and then clean them up and let them into heaven? Well, firstly, as we noted in our article On Hell, hell is not about torture (as in physical) but torment (as in mental). Yet, the greater point is, in any case, why is it eternal?
Hell is eternal because sin is eternal. That is to say that those who end up there have rejected forgiveness, rejected a reconciliatory relationship with YHVH and have thus, chosen their sin instead. Hell is eternal because those who end up there have chosen to keep, to hold on to, their sin eternally.
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