Monday, July 15, 2013

HELL – Does It Really Exist and Why Would a Loving God Send Anyone There?

Many people today choose not to believe in an eternal place of punishment, referred to as Hell, and for others it is just inconceivable for such a place to serve a purpose.  Even within the greater Christian community there are those who do not believe what is clearly stated in the Bible concerning Hell.  Some contemporary authors are making headlines, following the course of many before them, by continuing to challenge the existence of Hell. They advocate various ideas of “universal reconciliation” – that God’s love for us is so great, that no human being will be condemned to Hell. Even a local newspaper announced one of these author’s books with the headline, “New Book Challenges Classic Notions of Hell.”  The word “notions” puts a particular slant on the belief, which could lead to the conclusion that the other truths God has revealed to us are to be regarded as “notions” (an opinion, whim, idea, fanciful impulse) as well.  So how do we begin a candid, honest investigation of this place that is self-described by its very name?

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