You may think hell is an odd topic to discuss these days given a significant number of people in the West don’t even believe it exists…
First, what people believe can affect those around them. This is becoming ever more apparent in our increasingly globalised world. An extreme example is someone who believes blowing themselves up in a crowded place will earn themselves a spot in Paradise. Assumably, you think that’s a ridiculous thing to believe but the fact someone else believes it still affects you, even if only indirectly (e.g. tightened airport security).
Second, I’m sure I’m mistaken about many things in life. At the same time, throughout history, many of people have believed in some sort of hell and that should make us pause. It’s just possible you might be mistaken about what happens after you die.
In both cases, I think it’s better to engage with the issue—even if you think it’s only a hypothetical thought experiment—rather than simply ignoring it. We may not significantly, nor rapidly, change the other’s view but we might reform it a little, and influence those quietly following the discussion.
Anyway, I’m a Christian, a husband, a father of 3 young children, and a full-time worker but God willing, I hope to make time each month to share thoughts on:
- “Always Reforming”? How do we need to reform our view of hell?
- How does hell fit into God’s intentions revealed in Genesis 1 and into the Bible’s big story of creation, fall, redemption, restoration, and transformation into the New Creation?
- How does our view on hell affect the way we interact now—with God, people, creation, justice, punishment, and evil?
- When life is hell, how can we reform? What can we do to make life less hellish for others?
- Can God reform people in hell? Is hell a place of reformation—a reforming hell?