In their study of scripture many people have come to the conclusion that the "GOD" of the "Old Testament" and the "GOD" of the "New Testament" are two different beings with different characteristics. This conclusion has been drawn based on their personal opinions of love and mercy and how it is demonstrated. They seem to think that the "GOD" of the "Old Testament" was a harsh and unforgiving "GOD" while the "GOD" of the "New Testament" is all mercy and forgiveness. They believe that a "loving GOD" could not condemn a soul to everlasting fire because then He would not be a "loving GOD" and that is just too hard for them to accept.
As with many other personal beliefs that individuals come up with to make their religion one of eternal peace and happiness for mankind and therefore acceptable to them, this difference in characteristics is not to be found in scripture. The Eloah (Whose real name is Yahuwah), that is our Creator of times prior to Yahushua (our Savior's real name) is the SAME Eloah of today. He is unchanging (Mal’akiy [Malachi] 3:6).
To discover this for yourself, take a look back at the times of yesteryear and see some of the tragic, to us, consequences visited on people who were not in obedience to Yahuwah. The biggest one that comes to mind immediately is the deluge in the time of Noach (his real name). Yahuwah destroyed all of the people and animals on the planet with the exception of the eight persons and the animals in the ark. His given reason for doing so was that the entire world was full of wickedness, just as it is today. It was His to create and it is His to destroy.
Well, you say, that is not eternal punishment. Maybe not, but it is a clue that Yahuwah is very serious about what He says and that He makes no jokes about the requirement for obedience to His word. Many call me "legalistic" for saying things like this, but I am only repeating what is said in scripture.
- Rhomaios (Romans) 11:22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of Yahuwah. On those who fell, severity, but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.
He can be very compassionate to those who are in obedience and equally severe to those who are not. He even says that He will have mercy on whom He will and whom He will He hardens (Rhomaios 9:18). It is His choice to do what He wants and who are we to say He is wrong? His ways are so far above ours that we cannot begin to comprehend His reasons for most of what He has, is, and will be doing.
Early on He destroyed Sedom (Sodom) and Amorah (Gomorrah) for their abominable homosexual activities. He told His people during the exodus to destroy whole nations without mercy, killing the men, women, and children. In some cases He even said to destroy all of their livestock too. When Qorach (Korah) incited a rebellion against Mosheh (Moses) [Bemidbar (Numbers) 16], Yahuwah destroyed him and ALL of his family by opening the earth and literally swallowing them up. This is the "GOD" that people see as being so harsh and merciless.
After the sacrifice and resurrection of Yahushua, when ChananYahuw (Ananias) and Sappheire (Sapphira) his wife, sold an estate (Acts 5) and took some of the money to the congregation with the pretense of giving all they had gained, they were killed outright by Yahuwah. There are other examples of disobedience being repaid in the Greek portion of scripture too, so do not think that Yahuwah will be mocked and everybody will escape without harm. Remember that this is the SAME Eloah that people thought was harsh and merciless before the advent of Yahushua our Savior and nothing but light and love after that event. This is also the same Eloah that said if you are not one of His children that you will be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Remember that these very words were spoken by that most merciful of men who ever lived, the Son of Yahuwah, Yahushua.
So if you have a problem with Yahuwah and His punishment for sinners, which is stated very clearly in scripture, you have a problem with Yahuwah period. If you do not believe what He said about eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Revelation 14:9-11; 20:14-15), how can you believe anything else He said?
I highly recommend to you that you do the necessary study to discover the points you do not like to see for they are as numerous as the passages that seem to support your false doctrine. Believe Him, not man or your own personal wishes.