Why Christians Don’t Really Believe in Hell February 12, 2009Posted by Matt in Christian Beliefs.
Tags: Christianity, eternity, hell, salvation
In an earlier blog entry the comments have recently turned to the idea of hell’s existence, so I thought I would push things a bit farther in another avenue for discussion.
In essence, the Christian teaching that I have always heard says that everyone will stand before the judgment throne of God and He/She will separate out those who accepted Jesus to go to the eternal party in heaven and those who didn’t to the dark, fiery, tortuous bowels of hell forevermore. Granted, that description is simplistic, but it is basically correct.
If one truly believes that the majority of humankind is doomed to burn in agony for all of infinity and they do not spend every single waking moment of their life doing every thing they possibly can to save people from the sinking ship of life, what does that make them? How can you possibly have a job or do anything recreational or spend time reading blogs if everyone around you is destined to be trapped in a land of torment and you have the one way to save them?
Does one who believes in an eternal hell have such utter disregard and perhaps even hatred for all of his fellow man that they do not regard the lost as worthy of their time? Would that then make a Christian who does not spend every single moment of every day proclaiming the Gospel the most evil of all persons on the earth?
Also, in regards to the issue, I was especially impressed by comedian Penn’s take on this…and not just because he echoes what I’ve been saying for a long time.