Hell (o) …

I have been an avid reader of the Jesus Creed blog for over five years. Scot McKnight, primary author of the blog, is a New Testament scholar at North Park University near Chicago and an author who seems to be writing about things that really matter.

He has already responded to Rob Bell’s book Love Wins. In the link below one of his co-contributors, Jeff Cook, shares a few thoughts about the recent spate of books on hell, including both Bell’s book and Francis Chan’s apparent, written response. The following excerpt makes clear why a conversation about the nature of hell (its purpose, duration, techniques, etc.)

“Bell’s not alone in caring for such people. Many of us have personally rejected Christianity or have friends and family who will not consider our God because he chooses eternal conscious torment for the damned. The hell described by Chan and Sprinkle is not difficult to believe in conceptually (like the trinity); it is not difficult to believe because of apparent inconsistencies (like the inerrancy of scripture); eternal conscious torment is difficult to believe because it makes the character of God look repugnant—

You can read the rest of this article at McKnight’s blog:  Erasing Hell – A Response (Jeff Cook)

You can find the JesusCreed blog at: http://www.patheos.com/community/jesuscreed/

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One comment

  1. Ron Krumpos

    In 2011 world population will reach 7 billion (vs. 3 billion in 1960). There are now approximately 2.2 billion Christians. Chan and Sprinkle seem to be saying that 4.8 billion people may be facing eternal hell.

    Concepts of afterlife vary between religions and among divisions of each faith. Not all Christians agree on what happens after death in this life, nor do all Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or other believers. Rebirth, resurrection, purgatory, universalism, and oblivion are other possibilities…none of which can be proven.

    Mystics of all faiths have more in common than the followers of their orthodox religions. True mystics realize that eternal life is here and now; it does not begin after mortal death. The age of Earth is said to be 4.5 billion years, of the Universe 13.7 billion, yet few humans live to be 100. Relatively, this lifetime is a mere speck.

    Scriptures are subject to interpretation; people often choose what is most beneficial for them.

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