February 28, 2000
THE LORD BE PRAISED.
"HELL MAY NOT BE SO HOT AFTER ALL." MODERN EDUCATED AMERICANS HAVE REJECTED THE NOTION OF A BLAZING HELL "WHERE ANGUISHED SOULS WRITHE IN ENDLESS TORMENT." This declaration appeared in an article about hell in U.S. News and World Report (January 31, 2000).
Theologians, both Catholic and Protestant, are now debunking the gospel of a literal hell. They suggest that the old teachings about hell are cartoonish and shameful. One wrote, "Hell has become about as politically incorrect a concept as one can find." Another said hell "is a blemish to be covered up by the cosmetic of divine love."
The article states that hell is seldom mentioned from modern pulpits or taught in religious Bible schools or seminaries anymore: "It has all but disappeared from the religious mainstream." Moreover, even though a majority of Americans say they still believe in a hell, most do not believe they will ever go there.
The new concept of hell is described as an eternal despair, as a result of being cut off from God. And any torment is simply an anguish caused by the privation of communion with God.
I ask you - what about the teachings of Jesus Christ himself? He spoke of a literal, everlasting lake of fire where there is weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. He called hell a place where the fire is never quenched, and where Satan and Christ-rejecters will experience the worm that never dies. If we say there is no literal, everlasting hell, then we call Christ a liar. And we rob this generation of its most persuasive reason to be moral and to seek the security of Christ's righteousness.
Yes, the love of God is a mighty prod toward righteousness. But the Bible also declares, "By the fear of the lord men depart from evil" (Proverbs 16:6).
How quickly this generation has rejected everything that is negative or upsetting to its greed and obsession with endless comfort and pleasure. First, sin was revised and made out to be nothing more than inhospitality to others. Now hell is being made out to be "something easy to take." Amazing, but sad.
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