Thursday, January 10, 2008

It's hell

Reconciling the idea of a loving God and an eternal hell is an old problem. The Apostle Paul wrote about those who don’t obey the gospel: “They’ll suffer punishment, eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and the glory of his might” (2 Thess. 1:9). That sounds pretty unfair: suffering unlimited hell for choices made during a limited lifetime.

But is it really? When you think about it, aren’t the lost getting exactly what they’ve spent their lives trying to have—life without the encumbrance of God’s mastery. In a sense, hell is God’s way of giving the lost what they’ve wanted all along. Tragic, yes; unfair, no.


(c) Copyright 2008, A. Milton Stanley

7 comments:

GotToBTru said...

This is a good topic to help young Christians sharpen their thinking skills. On its face, yes, it seems dreadfully unfair, unloving. Part of this is an inaccurate picture of Heaven. Most people, most Christians perhaps, think of it as a "good" place, full of good things and none of the bad. Anyone would enjoy that. But Heaven is not a good place, it's a God place. Everything there is focused on Him. If He is not the center of your life, Heaven would be hellish place, because every moment would be a reminder of your wasted life, unjustified pride, and reprehensible ingratitude.

Jon Clayton said...

Milton, I am glad you are again posting to this blog. I will add it to my blogroll. Bless you, my brother!

Nicholas Cardot said...

The last four words of your post sum it up perfectly. Tragic: yes...unfair:no!

What an excellent post and an excellent way to look at it. We need more preaching (and blogging) on the hard reality of hell. Keep it up.

Milton Stanley said...

Excellent point, gtbt. Thanks for adding to the discussion. Peace.

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Jon. Both your blogs are on my blogroll, too. Keep up the good blogging!

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Nicholas. And all the best for you and your work at the Muse.

Milton Stanley said...

By the way, Nicholas, how's it going in the Army? From your blog site it looks like you're serving in The Old Guard. Please let me know how it's going, either here or by e-mail. Peace.