Hell! Are you kidding me? November 23, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, faith, God, hell, Jesus, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
I’ve always had issues with the concept of hell. Like most of you, I’ve pondered the question “how can a loving God send people to hell?” I should clarify that my issues really stem from the definition of hell taught to me in my Pentecostal upbringing. In this definition, hell is a place of eternal torment, torture, weeping and gnashing of teeth, flesh eating worms, flames, demons, and a host of other unimaginable atrocities. Add this belief to the belief that one is doomed to hell unless they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and you quickly have the definition of a very unjust God. Even in today’s age, there are still millions of people who die without ever hearing about Jesus and if they did, why would they accept him as their Lord? We sometimes take for granted that those brought up in other religions will immediately see fit to give up their faith for ours. How many Christians do you see easily converting to other religions?
Lately, I’ve read some very good studies on hell including The Case Against Hell by Mercy Aiken and a chapter in Lee Strobel’s “A Case For Faith.” It’s nice to see Christian’s standing up and openly questioning the belief that God will eternally torture those who just happen to be born in a Muslim country or in the East.
There are many doctrines designed to control people that are clearly unscriptural even for those who embrace the Bible as the Word of God. Hell, tithing, and submission to leadership are among the most dangerous of these. Of course, I should mention that I have seen have actuals photos of hell. Check it out.