Some new/old thoughts on ‘Hell’

May 1, 2007 — 1 Comment

The Eastern church’s view of hell is very insightful and a necessary counter to the traditional western view that often comes more from Dante’s Inferno,  graphic paintings, and Greek mythology than from biblical teaching.  One article that will stimulate thinking on the nature of God’s presence as it relates to heaven and hell I will link here.  It’s called Heaven and Hell in the Afterlife According to the Bible, by Peter Chopelas.  Read the whole article before evaluating.

C.S. Lewis quotes on hell are also very insightful and provacative.  Put his The Great Divorce on your reading list!  Here are the quotes from the sermon:

To enter hell is to be banished from humanity.  What is cast (or casts itself) into hell is not a man: it is “remains.”To be a complete man, means to have the passions obedient to the will and the will offered to God…hell was not made for men…It is in no sense parallel to heaven. (from The Problem of Pain)

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: Those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, chose it.  Without that self- choice there could be no Hell.  No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it.  Those who seek, find…” The Great Divorce

In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell, is itself a question: “What are you asking God to do?” To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them?  They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what He does.

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