10 thoughts on “Hell The Terrible Myth…..

  1. Awww. That was my favorite part of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” when I read it in high school. Seemed a fitting end for certain people of the poopy persuasion, you know, the real s–theads. (OK, not that I would really wish that on anyone, but I did find his book rather amusing to my then-teenage mind.)

  2. I haven’t really had much experience with “hellfire and brimstone” churches (except for a brief stint in Missouri where we attended a Baptist church, kind of culture shock). But I have read accounts of people who claim to have had a vision of hell or who have had a near-death experience and wound up briefly in hell. They always describe a Dante-ish scenario with demons tormenting the poor lost souls. That is what convinced me they were either lying or mistaken. The Bible says the Lake of Fire is a place of punishment for the devil and his demons. It’s not a place where they rule, Milton notwithstanding. I read a fiction book by Randy Alcorn many years ago, and one of his characters died and wound up in a hell that was basically just him being alone with his thoughts, and I thought that sounded more like how I pictured it, a place of introspection, remorse and regret, a place where God has removed His presence. More recently, I’ve considered the thought that it might be a place of rehabilitation, along the lines of Rob Bell’s book, though the jury’s not out on that yet. But I do think we have free will to choose to be with God or not and that some will choose not, those who hate God and everything He stands for — the wicked. The wicked will be no more, will perish, will be destroyed. Sounds more like annihilation than eternal torment. Not sure about the undecided and ignorant, though.

  3. Although some people think I am, I in fact am not a full universalist as I would leave room for God to have the final say as to the composition of the world to come.

  4. I hope universalism is correct. I would think every person who calls himself a Christian would want that to be true. But being the skeptic that I am, I have to see for myself and not take someone else’s word for it, to test things and see if they are true. And even if I do eventually come to believe that some form of univerisalism is the truth, I think I would want to err on the side of caution, in case I’m wrong. I KNOW that it is in Jesus that we have life, and He would remain the focus of my conversations with others about God, how He mends our brokenness. Have you ever noticed that the same Greek word used for “saved” in many places also means to heal or make whole? I think that’s what it really means to be saved.

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