Est. May 2008

04 November, 2014

Imagine There’s No Hell

The author of this article asks, ‘[W]hat a Christianity without hell would look like…’; he then proceeds to supply answers.  You can read them for yourselves, but I want to focus on one in particular:
A Christianity without hell would be largely unevangelical, since there would be nothing to save anyone from.
Please, follow along.

If there is no hell – the place of punishment for unrepented sin – then the doctrine of sin is meaningless.

If the doctrine of sin is meaningless, the concepts of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behavior are also meaningless.  You can be good, or you can be bad – either way, you won’t be punished, at least beyond the temporal. 

If the concepts of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behavior are meaningless, then obedience is meaningless.  There’s no reason to obey any of Christ’s commandments because, again, there will be no ultimate punishment for disobedience.

More importantly, in Scripture, Jesus spoke of hell and eternal punishment more than anyone else.  If there is no hell – and, therefore, no eternal punishment – then Jesus was a liar and is not to be trusted or listened to.

But even more importantly: if there is no hell, and, thus, no sin, then Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection are meaningless.  He died for nothing, and He rose again for nothing.

And if this is the case, then Christianity is meaningless.

But if you disagree with the author’s point, actually pointing out his non-Scriptural conclusions, he’ll shut down debate by shutting off comments, name-call you a ‘fundie’, and compare you to ‘cockroaches on a candy bar’.

Truly, a masterful display of Christian love of your fellow man.  ‘Course, without sin, there’s no reason to be couth, is there?

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