Hell may seem like an odd topic to discuss given that many people don’t believe it exists. However, I think it’s worth pondering for a couple of reasons.
First, what people believe often influences the way they treat those around them, which may include you given our increasingly globalised world. For example, if someone believes God doesn’t show mercy to people, they may not show mercy.
Second, undoubtedly I am mistaken about many things and so I want to try to listen to what others have to say. Regarding hell, as many people throughout history have believed in some sort of hell, I think 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?