I occasionally hear from people who cling to the traditional and unbiblical theory of heaven and hell. That is, they believe that at death some people go to heaven and others go to hell. (For my belief and its biblical support, see Everyone Is Going to Heaven). Such people are often vehement in their assertion that hell will last for eternity and that it is unmitigated in its physical and emotional pain. What’s so strange – aside from the fact that their biblical support, once examined, is so weak – is that they spend hardly any of their lives warning people about this place!
I recently had an extended online debate with two friends who disagree with me strongly on this issue. At the end, I checked their own web pages and there was not a single word of warning on either one about hell. They posted their thoughts on politics, on sports, and other subjects. They both even warned people about issues they should vote on or register an opinion on. Yet not one word of warning about something they believed would be of infinitely greater danger than anything that could happen in this life.
So, my challenge to you who believe in an eternal hell for some people is, why – if you love people as Jesus said we should – do you spend time talking to people about anything else? How can we take you seriously on this subject if you don’t even take it seriously?
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.