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I'm *BEYOND* Terrified of Going to Hell; Please Help!!!!

Discussion in 'Exploring Christianity' started by Seize the Soul, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. Seize the Soul

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    I'm SOOOOO sorry if this is in the wrong category. I just didn't know where to put this. But this is an urgent, super serious need of help!

    For years I've been terrified of going to hell.

    I believe 110% with ALL my heart that God exists. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have a Bible that I love dearly and take THE BEST CARE of it as I can. It has NO rips or any harm to it WHATSOEVER and I've had it for years!

    I don't pray often, which I know i should. Should I start lpraying every morning and night?

    I don't believe in the stories of Adam and Eve and Noah and such, but I do try my VERY HARDEST to believe in it. I just can't seem too. I respect EVERY story in the BIble fully, but I can't force myself to believe it. I mean, I believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but the other stories... I just can't.

    Does God understand that I'm trying my hardest to believe everything?

    I do absolutely NO wrong. I've never hurt anyone in my WHOLE life with words or anything; my hands have never touched a person harmfully. I always help homeless people when I see them. I respect everybody. I never express hatred.

    I just want God to know that I love Him more than anything. I have never once put anyone BEFORE Him.

    I suffer from severe depression, severe anxiety and suicidal thoughts on a daily basis. Practically every second. The only reason why I haven't killed myself is that's going against God and I would never do that! I respect God and I would never throw away what He blessed me with. Even if I struggle everyday.

    But I'm still SO terrified of going to hell. Can someone help me with knowing for sure that I'll go to Heaven? Because I want to be with God. I want to be with my family that has passed.

    Please don't tell me to go to church. I REALLY REALLY would LOVE to, but with my severe anxiety, I don't want to have anxiety attacks there and ruin the whole thing. That would be disrespectful to God. (I've trie deverything to cure my anxiety FOR YEARS AND YEARS. Please don't give me any ideas on curing it, as I've tried everything and I've given up.)

    Thank you.
     
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  2. rockytopva

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    It is in the Holy of Holies that you can hear from God and receive the assurances you seek...

    1. The Outer Court - Justification - Faith to enter in.
    2. The Altar - Salvation by acknowledging and believing on Jesus
    3. The Laver - The clean effects of sanctification.
    4. Table of Showbread – Partaking of the Word of God.
    5. Light at the Lightstand - Faith, hope, charity, joy, grace, spiritual fruit, etc.
    6. The Golden Incense Altar - Prayer and Praise meetings.
    7. The Holy of Holies - The Shekinah Glory and Baptism of the Holy Ghost.

    And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him. - Numbers 7:89

    It was in the Holy of Holies that God spoke to Moses. It is also the place where you can hear from him too. This is Pentecostal doctrine whose architect, William Seymour, issued this disclaimer...

    William Seymour warned that, “Whenever the doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Ghost will only be known as the evidence of speaking in tongues, that work will be an open door for witches and spiritualist and free loveism. That work will suffer because all kinds of spirits can come in.”

    I would seek such experience. Once you find it I believe you will hear from God of your personal gifts, assurances, and calling.

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  3. Bluerose31

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    I used to be fearful of hell too. But now I don't believe in hell and it helps me a lot. I don't believe a compassionate God would send a person to a place of eternal torment. I only believe in heaven.
     
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  4. amariselle

    amariselle Jesus Never Fails

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    I know what you mean regarding this fear of hell, I had spent so long fearing the same. Sometimes the fear would get so overwhelming, and I would start thinking of Jesus returning, and I would be convinced that I would not be saved. (I also have an anxiety disorder, and have dealt with anxiety my entire life, so although our stories and circumstances are not the same, I have been there as well.)

    As for being a good person and doing no wrong, we all have. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The good news is, however, that He has not left us without hope. God always promised to send a Saviour, and He did, Jesus Christ His Son.

    We do not (and cannot) work our way to Heaven. Our salvation is entirely by faith in Christ's finished work, His sacrifice for sin, His purging of our sins, on the cross.

    Here are some verses you may find encouraging and comforting, I hope you do.

    "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

    That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - John 3:14-18

    "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." - John 3:36

    "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed."

    "Then said they unto him, 'What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?'"

    Jesus answered and said unto them, 'This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.'" - John 6:27-29

    "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

    And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

    And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." - John 6:38-40

    There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)

    The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in His Son. (Romans 6:23)

    Christ is the end of the Law for all who believe. (Romans 10:4)

    We are saved by grace, through faith, not of works. (Ephesians 2:8)

    God is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9

    Repentance from "dead works" and faith toward God. - (Hebrews 6:1)

    By the works of the Law no flesh will be justified, but only by faith in Christ. (Galatians 2:16)

    Also read Romans 4, Romans 5, Galatians 5, Hebrews 4, Hebrews 11

    Our salvation is entirely by faith in Christ and what He has done. (The Gospel) 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

    We can trust Jesus that He never fails. He will not abandon you.
     
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  5. Winken

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    What "other religion" are you, please.
     
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  6. timewerx

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    I also don't believe some of the stories in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament.

    Would you still love God if hell is the price? If you can honestly say 'yes'. Then you are most probably saved!

    Anxiety can be temporary. You are young. I also have anxiety when I am young. Life circumstances have cured me of the condition when I reached my 30's so there is still hope!
     
  7. tryintogrow

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    A few things...

    If you're hoping to find another human here who can say the magic words to remove your anxiety, that's impossible. Logic doesn't work on anxiety. We can steer you in the right direction, but only God's presence will heal your fear.

    Don't feel bad about not 'forcing' yourself to believe all of the Bible. No one can do that. Belief in Scripture comes through revelation. God gives us the insight and ability to believe His word. It isn't a matter of force. The only thing God requires from us is honesty and obedience. He handles the rest.

    Don't depend on your good deeds to grant access to heaven. it isn't about you being a good person. It's about your spiritual position in God's kingdom. You have that through Jesus.

    You won't get very far in your relationship with God unless you talk to Him. Talking to us about Him can only do so much. Spend more time in prayer. There's no schedule for it -- you do it when you feel like you need to. Read the part of the Bible you can believe, and confess -- out loud -- what you already believe. This builds up your faith so that you can receive the ability to believe more.

    Godspeed, my dear.
     
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  8. Winken

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    Romans 10:8-13, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 5:24, Romans 8.1.

    Don't do it on your own. Pray as the Holy Spirit leads. Relax.

    Don't "try your hardest to believe." Believing comes from Him. Don't even think about "forcing yourself" to believe. He takes care of that. Relax.

    God honors that. In fact, he equips you to do those things. Just thank Him.

    Taking prescription medication? Include in your daily activities taking the medication your doctor prescribes, in the precise amounts, at the precise time.

    And you will. If you accept Jesus as Savior, believing that God raised Him from the dead, you SHALL be saved, Romans 10:8-13. He went to the Cross FOR you, paid for ALL of your sins, was crucified, dead and buried, and ROSE AGAIN, granting for you eternal life.
     
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  9. JIMINZ

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    Lets not complicate things, because it isn't complicated at all.

    Rom. 10:9
    If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    Rom. 10:10
    (WITH THE HEART MAN BELIEVETH UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS); and
    (WITH THE MOUTH CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION)

    Mark 16:16
    He that (BELIEVETH) and is (BAPTISED) (SHALL BE SAVED)

    2Cor. 5:18
    And all things are of (GOD WHO HATH RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF BY JESUS CHRIST)

    If you have done these things, you are Saved.

    2Tim. 1:7
    (GOD HATH NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR)
    (BUT OF POWER)
    (AND OF LOVE)
    (AND OF A SOUND MIND)

    The Spirit of Power and of Love, and of a Sound Mind, is the Holy Spirit.

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  10. JackRT

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    I agree. What is most interesting is that hell is never mentioned in the Bible. Sheol, Ghenna and Hades are mentioned but none of these even comes close to the concept of hell which is largely an invention of the medieval church which was hung up on lurid vengeance and punishment.

    As human beings we are bounded in both time and place. That is to say, we are finite. On the other hand we think of God as completely unbounded. God exists outside of both time and space. God is present everywhere and at all times. That is to say, God is infinite. This is the orthodox theistic understanding of God. To compare the finite to the infinite is beyond our human comprehension. Even to compare a grain of sand to Mount Everest falls far, far, far short. All of this brings up a number of questions in my mind.

    The first question being “How is it even possible for a finite creature to offend an infinite God?” Could a grain of sand offend Mount Everest?

    The second question being “Even if it were possible for the finite to offend the infinite, would the infinite punishment of a finite creature be just?” I will attempt to craft an analogy. You are in a park enjoying a picnic lunch when you glance down and notice an ant crawling across your sandwich. You are offended. How do you react? You have a number of options. You could ignore the ant. You could brush the ant away. You could move to a different location. You could kill the ant. You could kill the entire ant colony. You could capture the ant and confine it and proceed to torture it for several weeks until it finally dies. That last option is quite inadequate as a comparison to hell because hell is infinite in duration whereas the ant can only be tortured for a finite length of time.

    To me the concept of hell flies in the face of any concept of a just and compassionate God. Hell would seem to be an entirely human invention based on a vindictive concept of retributory justice. Perhaps we have the wrong idea of hell. Perhaps we have the wrong idea of justice. Perhaps we have the wrong idea of God. I completely reject the concept of hell as it is traditionally understood in most Christian churches.
     
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  11. gadar perets

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    If "Jesus" is your Lord and Savior, then you simply need to believe what he said.

    John 11:25 Yeshua (Jesus) said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
    John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

    John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
    John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
    John 14:6 Yeshua (Jesus) saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    He spoke many more words of comfort. I hope you are reading your Bible daily, especially the words of Yeshua.

    Also, there are medications you can take for anxiety and depression. Are you taking any?
     
  12. Serving Zion

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    Hi there sister, wow I hear where you are coming from, and I see what's in your heart here, the enduring compassion and commitment to doing good even though the world around you keeps draining you. So I'd like to pray first up while it's in my heart to respond that way, and then I'll work through your points below to give you some ideas that can help :)

    Thanks for joining us here too!

    Dear Heavenly Father, again I'd like to bring a matter before you that we both seek to involve you in. We thank you for being the good God that you are, that you are able to be approached this way, and that no matter whether we are people with large responsibilities or people who seem to be nothing in the context of a hierarchical society, yet you invite us all to humbly bring our concerns to you and to ask for you to help us find a relief. Lord God, despite that we admire these qualities in you and we aspire to be that way in the world, sometimes we do get worn down by the world grinding away at us. We apologise that sometimes we do give sin a place in us when in hindsight we come to regret it, and we ask for you to help us become more perfect so that even in those times of temptation we will not act in a way that is regrettable. We thank you Lord, that you have formed in us a nature that does bounce back from those failures, and we seek your help in this case with our sister, whose faith is lacking completeness. You have seen the true confession of her heart that she wants to really know you as a personal companion, and I know that through that she will come to receive such intimate understandings of the stories in Genesis that will help her unbelief. But right now, Lord, she is struggling against ideas that are deterring her from believing that you are in her and in the people around her. I just ask Lord God, that you will begin to speak to her in such a way that she becomes aware of a problem when she decides to doubt your voice. Let it be that she comes to know that the things that all the distrust she has developed - through a world with ulterior motives teaches us to be cautious: "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!". Lord God, we just ask that you'll bring our sister to realise that you really are there with her and that you do want to have that close, intimate relationship, and just encourage her to trust in your goodness so that this seed can flourish and come to life in her, revealing the face of Jesus to her so that her life is redeemed to the fullness of salvation that you purposed for us in Him. We do thank you Lord, that you care about all of us, and we extend this prayer of our heart toward others who would read it and seek the same! In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
    St. Paul writes that we should pray without ceasing. I remember as a child, there was this voice going on inside me, and I used to go around playing with my toys and doing kid stuff and I'd be talking to myself, and this is what it means to be in prayer constantly. There comes a time as we grow, that things like pride (self-consciousness), anxiety etc creep in, and they actually kill that freedom of internal spirit. This is why Jesus said that we must be born again, and unless we turn and become again as a little child, we shall never enter into the kingdom of God. So someone who has a good relationship with God will be thanking Him as they're eating their meal. They'll be thanking Him as they sit on the porch and watch the birds in the trees. They'll be thanking Him as they pat their cat. They'll be singing to Him in the shower, etc. The problem is that these are characteristics of someone who is operating in full capacity of Holy Spirit, and that brings out the worst in the world around us, because it is jealous and it is groaning under it's burden of sin. You know how they say "misery loves company"? Well, it is that the world doesn't know that your joy can be theirs, but they know that their misery can be yours. That is why they do it. (Consider Romans 12:21).

    .. So, yes, pray! Pray even now! Pray when you get up, and then carry that prayer as you go forward to have shower, breakfast and drive to work :) If you've never heard His voice before (or you might have only forgotten that you once did, or believed an idea that made you think it was delusional), then ask Him for it! You know, if ever I find my mind wandering, I say "Lord, where are you?" and He says "I'm right here". You get to know His voice by learning what love is, and that is something that you already have a deep knowledge of: (I do absolutely NO wrong. I've never hurt anyone in my WHOLE life with words or anything; my hands have never touched a person harmfully. I always help homeless people when I see them. I respect everybody. I never express hatred.)

    .. So, I believe that you've just fallen away from your relationship with Him, and what is that pesky thing that is preventing you from getting it back?
    Yes, He does! As you are saying this, there is no hint of deceit in your words. You are genuinely lost in confusion! So hang tight, trust in His goodness :) He has heard your heart's cry, we have asked for His help through prayer, and you are taking steps to find out what you can do to restore your relationship.. it's all on track! :oldthumbsup:
    I know. Remember His goodness! Do you remember how much you trusted in His goodness before that pesky fear of hell got put in you? Ask Him for wisdom so that you would no longer believe the lies of the devil (Ephesians 4:14, Ephesians 6:14). God is here to save us, not to condemn us (John 3:17, Matthew 7:24, Proverbs 11:31).
    This is the core of your problem: you have received a doctrine that originated not with Christ but with the antichrist (1 John 4:1). The false teachers arose amidst the early disciples while they were establishing the churches. They got a wiff of the gospel and found that through sharing it, they had a charisma that made them successful. But they hadn't fully submitted to God, and becoming just like those we are warned not to be come (Matthew 23:8-12), they came to covet the role of The Holy Spirit, instead using the popularity of religion as an opportunity for fame, money and influence (Jude 1:4, Jude 1:16).

    I'd like to make sure that you've covered the basics of the gospel (no offense! - just it is really easy to miss a core aspect of the gospel, and we can become badly unstuck because of it). This is a booklet that I have put together for that reason, and I share a printed version of it with people everywhere I go:

    Adonai Reigns : The Gospel : God did not send his son to condemn the world!
    Ok Sister, I won't tell you to go to church just yet! I would like to encourage you to pray to Him though, and just to make an adjustment in your life: that everything that you do, even as you get up from your seat now to go and make a coffee, start thinking "wow God, I really just want to thank you for all of this! You know, if I'd not gone there today I wouldn't have been reminded of how good you truly are! .. and thanks for this coffee too!" :)

    Lastly, I say to check the balance of good and bad influences in your life. I find that TV these days is full of all sorts of bad influences. There is a lot of temptation to think hateful thoughts because of it, lustful thoughts (hate and lust being the motive for murder and adultery - demonic behaviour). There is people's behaviour in reality shows that gives us a bad impression of others. Then the problem is, that through our daily life, we are looking in our cellphones as we go down the street, the only view that we ever get to have of people is what we get to see on TV. But people aren't really like that in real life .. just everyone has cut themselves off from people in real life, because either they are anxious and don't have time for others, or they are afraid of what others are like because of what they see on TV.

    .. and fill yourself up with good music! Here's one that I really love, and it fits you perfectly for where you are right now:

     
  13. WilliamBo

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    In all honesty, you should be terrified of going to hell, it is a terrible place. I am too. The NT says ''work out your salvation with fear and trembling.'' Why should you be fearful and trembling? Because God can send you to hell... Jesus said ''fear Him who can destroy both body and soul in hell.'' I believe there is a place in Christ where we no longer fear going to hell and are confident we will endure until the end, I am personally not there yet. ''The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge [or wisdom]'' -proverbs 9.10. It's when you DON'T fear the Lord that you are perishing. The fear of the Lord is a beautiful, wonderful gift that leads to LIFE and all things good.

    I'm not trying to hurt you, but I don't want to tell you something that is not true. God is love, and rejecting His love means death. Keep pouring out your heart to God, pray to Him telling Him EXACTLY how you feel about every aspect of life, beg Him to change you and He will. Jesus loves you far more than anyone on CF ever could and will go to any length necessary to save you
     
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  14. Serving Zion

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    OP, you have a lot to offer the world, more than you even know right now! Just, draw near to Him, the one who you knew and trusted since the beginning, and who you still hope in despite that you've been misled to think that He is far off. Be gracious as you receive this wisdom too :crosseo:

    Although The Holy Spirit is not the only one who is interested in directing your beliefs of Jesus, He is the only one you should trust. Who is the antichrist? It is the one who does not acknowledge Jesus having come into the flesh. This is our duty: to represent Him to each other in holy spirit by emptying ourselves and cultivating His character (1 John 4:18, Matthew 5:48, Ezekiel 14:7).
     
  15. CrystalDragon

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    Hell is a barbaric concept. A loving God would never torture people forever.
     
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    Hell is a terrible concept that seems ultimately evil. It's the opposite of love.
     
  17. rockytopva

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    I would remind people that nobody preached eternal torment more than the Lord Jesus Christ...

    Matthew 25:46
    And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

    Mark 3:29
    But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.

    Matthew 25:41
    Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

    Matthew 25:46
    And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

    Matthew 8:29
    And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

    Luke 16:23
    And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

    Luke 16:24
    And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

    Luke 16:28
    For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

    Matthew 5:22
    But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

    Matthew 18:9
    And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

    11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
    12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
    13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. - Matthew 22
     
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  18. HereIStand

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    Praying for you. Don't be in fear. You are fine. Pray the prayer, of the New Testament, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" For some people, it might take time to come to terms with the all the Bible. Don't be discouraged.

    I suffer with anxiety too. Medicine helps, as does exercise and sleep. Going to church can be intimidating. Normally, I have to attend alone, and I do feel awkward at times. If you don't feel up to going to church, maybe try meeting with someone at a coffee shop to discuss your faith.

    While I do believe in hell, I do fear it. It's a natural fear. Trust though that God does not want anyone to go hell. And you've taken the all important step up of belief in Christ in order to go to heaven. God Bless.
     
  19. ~Anastasia~

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    Dear one,

    God loves you, He wants to save you and heal you body and spirit.

    People often misunderstand "believe" in the Scriptures and assume some kind of mental gymnastics and agreeing with certain facts are a ticket to heaven. That's a bit misleading. After all, even the demons believe, and tremble.

    If you do believe in Christ becoming incarnate, dying on the Cross, resurrecting from the dead - that is the core of "belief" ... but again, God is not asking for mental assent. He wants you to trust Him, depend on Him, understand that within Him is the hope of salvation. Out of this, if it is real, we will love God. How can you not love someone who loves you so much He is willing to die for you? And that love will lead you to follow what He says to do, as well as you are able, with His help, and ask forgiveness when you fail. God will use all of this to make you more like Jesus. And you will love others as you become more like Him, because God loves them.

    That is the process ... not mental gymnastics.

    Many things will help you. Praying, reading your Bible, and yes, going to Church. God understands about your anxiety. But if it were me, I would encourage you to work with it. Does anything make your anxiety better? Can you meet for a pastoral talk outside of the services? Would a small Church with fewer people help? Would it help to know people before you go? You really should be able to sit near the door and step out anytime you need. Are you taking medicines that might help with the anxiety? If so maybe your doctor should make sure all is well. And so on. And remember, God understands. Ask His help, and if you are trying to move forward in following Him, then He sees that and will help you.

    But above all, know that God is loving. He is not looking for a technicality on which to condemn you, if your heart is toward Him. He is looking for ways to help you cooperate with His grace, so that He can completely heal you in every way, for eternal life.

    Prayers for you!

    God be with you.
     
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