Who ends up in Hell?
Many fundamentalist ‘Christians’ maintain that Hell is reserved for people who are immoral. Helpfully, they are able to narrow this down into a few specific types of people:
- People who voted for Clinton, Obama, Biden, or any democratic president in history
- Liars (unless they are also elected Republicans)
- People who are violent
- People who question my constitutional right to bear arms under the second amendment
- People who question my right to invade other countries so that we can find and remove their weapons from them
- People who don’t live in the United States of America
- Catholics (according to protestants)
- Protestants (according to Catholics)
- Critics of Israel
- People who believe that a vaccine is more effective than prayer
- People who believe in evolution
- People who believe the earth is more than six thousand years old
- Christians who don’t take the Bible literally
- People who disagree with my interpretation of an ancient Jewish manuscript written in a completely different time, culture, and context to my own
- Christians who don’t own and read the King James Version of the Bible
- Christians who go to a different church than me
- Christians who believe in free will
- People who have not asked Jesus into their heart of their own free will
- People who have never heard about Jesus
- People who believe that people who have never heard about Jesus will end up in heaven
- People who don’t believe in Hell
- People who dance
- People who engage in pre-marital hand-holding
- Women who speak in church
- Women who wear pants
- Women who cause men to sin by wearing dresses that are too short
- Men who wear dresses
- Women who think they are men
- Men who think they are women
- Women who support men who think they are women
- Men who support women who think are men
- Men who like men
- Women who like women
- Men and women who affirm and support men who like men and women who like women
- Adulterers (unless they are men)
- Rapists (unless the rapist and their victim are married)
- People who like rock music
- People with tattoos
- People who have read any of the Harry Potter books
- People who watch horror movies
- People who enjoy life
- Fortune tellers (unless you call it a prophetic word from the Lord)]
- People who gossip (unless it’s to collect prayer requests)
- People who are greedy
- People who are absurdly rich (unless they are a televangelist)
- People who walk away from the evangelical church after three and a half decades
- Dead people
- People who see dead people
Hey, it’s because I love you that I am warning you that you’re going to end up in Hell if you don’t repent and start believing exactly the same things I do. In fact, you’re pretty darn lucky that I am so enlightened and can show you the error of your ways.
Don’t you feel better now that you’ve heard the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel?
I sure do!
In fact, I’m sure glad that I have faithfully administered my Christian duty by warning you about Hell.
Bart Erhman says Christians belief in these two places are misplaced, based on erroneous thinking or reading of the bible and ancient stories. He says Jesus had no such beliefs.
In other troubling news, a guy from Indonesia has been spamming my comments section with viagra sales. Now I have not made any orders to Pfizer for their wonder drug nor i have done a web search anywhere for efficacy of viagra.
Rains are here now. Today it rained in the morning and I couldn’t go out to run. The weather forecast for today and the rest of the week is more rain and cloudy days. I can’t imagine running on a treadmill for 2 hours. I think even hamsters get bored. I would die from boredom even if i had music and tv as i run.
because if I did and wrote something like this, I should be accused of blasphemy. The juicy part that caught my eye is
People in Hell exist. I think this is the most tragic, but also the most tragically beautiful part. Going back to Point 3: all things that exist only exist because God loves them into existence and holds them in existence through His love. Thus, the fact that people in Hell don’t just “disappear into oblivion” is because God is constantly saying to each one of those souls, “I love you, exist in my love. I love you, exist in my love.” Every single soul in Hell is as loved by God as souls in Heaven, Earth, and Purgatory. But, as Point 4 notes: Hell is a prison that is locked from the inside.
God loves you enough to keep you in hell but not to forgive you and send you to stay in heaven with him. I don’t know what understanding of love this is, but it is the kind I am sure I don’t want. I think this is hat happens when one is committed to a position that is indefensible. You try gymnastics to make it sound reasonable but it doesn’t work.
God loves, even in hell, it just will not get you out.
I don’t know who it is who said that as long as one person languished in hell, heaven would be a sad place or something to that effect.
I like this post on heaven especially this
I searched the scriptures even more zealously for God, but that just made things worse. The God who is described in the Bible is a terrible Being, one that deserves our fear, but not one that any decent person could possibly worship. His behavior is despotic—the Flood isn’t the half of it—and I eventually concluded that he could command no moral authority by which to judge the human race. I stopped believing in Hell altogether and hoped that God was actually much better than he was portrayed in his biography.”
I think I should read the book A brief eternity. I will look for an epub copy later.
Have a heaven free day, won’t you.
First a song
Then commentary from a man of the cloth
Morrison: What do you make of the theology which is pretty quite prominent these days in America, which is there is one guaranteed way not to go to hell; and that is to accept Jesus as your personal saviour.
Spong: Yeah, I grew up in that tradition. Every church I know claims that ‘we are the true church’ – that they have some ultimate authority, ‘We have the infallible Pope,’ ‘We have the Bible.’… The idea that the truth of God can be bound in any human system, by any human creed, by any human book, is almost beyond imagination for me.
I mean, God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honour my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t think my tradition defines God. It only points me to God
There is a discussion going on somewhere on this blog. Our interlocutor has made a comment that I think deserves special treatment.
Hell does exist. Jesus spoke about Hell quite often. Why don’t you want Hell to exist?
If there is no Hell, then what is the point of judgement day? What is the point of working out your salvation with fear and trembling? What is the point of good and wrong, if there is no hell?
You are saying that he’ll doesn’t exist, because you don’t want to go there. But by your closing your eyes from the sun, will it make the sun stop shining?
Hell existed to Jesus….because he spoke of hell many times. Not just words but stories. For every word and action, you shall give account.
Romeo believes there is a judgement day. Hell has to exist. No hell, judgement is in vain. I think this is brilliant.
The Paulines haven’t moved so far away from their fore fathers in wishing us damnation. They claim to worship a benevolent god who wants to be in a some kind of relationship with man but at the same time they tell us this gods has a plan to make BBQ of some people for a period of time so long I can’t conceive it properly and that my brothers is love. Below is the wishes of one Tertullian, writing in the early centuries of this religion
You are fond of spectacles, expect the greatest of all spectacles, the last and eternal judgement of the universe. How shall I admire, how laugh, how rejoice, how exult, when I behold so many proud monarchs, and fancied gods, groaning in the lowest abyss of darkness, so many magistrates, who persecuted the name of the lord, liquefying in fiercer fires than they ever kindled against the Christians, so many sage philosophers blushing in red hot flames with their deluded scholars, so many celebrated poets trembling before the tribunal, not of Minos but of Christ, so many tragedians, more tuneful in the expression of their own sufferings , so many dancers
E. Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
A god infinitely good, can neither be infinitely cruel nor grant his creatures an infinite duration, solely for the pleasure of eternal torments.
Baron d’Holdbach in good sense