I remember reading this awhile back. I, too, used to listen to the Bible Answer Man.
Notice he quotes no scripture in this little articleThe first reason I believe in hell's irrevocable reality is that Christ communicated that hell was real. In fact, in the Sermon on the Mount alone He explicitly warned His followers about the dangers of hell a half a dozen or more times.
Gehenna is a real place on earth, not an eternal torture chamber. Hank should know better. Jesus warned about judgment, particularly national judgment, and punishment of sin, as well as the principle of reaping what you sow. But Jesus didn't warn the masses about "hell", only the pharisees and his own disciples.Secondly, I believe that the concept of choice demands that we believe in hell.
of choice? What the "hell" is he talking about? Free will? People have the power to make choices, that's about it. Is our freedom of choice greater than Almighty God's soveign will to save us? (1 Tim. 2:4)the unrighteous would be incarcerated in heaven against their wills, which would be a torture worse than hell. Imagine spending a lifetime voluntarily distancing yourself from God only in the end to find yourself involuntarily dragged into His loving presence for all eternity!
incarcerated against their wills??????
and being dragged
into his loving presense for all eternity.
That would be soooo terrible, so much worse than burning eternally in hell!!!! Didn't Jesus promise to do just that "drag all unto me" (and I don't think they'll be kicking and screaming)forcing them to worship God against their wills.
"Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" Believers in ET interpret this verse to be exactly that - that God will force
billions of unbelievers to confess Him as Lord, just before he casts them into the Lake-a-Fire!! :omg: common sense dictates that there must be a hell.
No, common sense dictates that there will be justice, sin will be punished (or forgiven). But the idea of eternal punishment defies not only common sense, but sanity.the wrongs of Hitler's holocaust are never going to be righted.
Hell won't right them either. As someone else pointed out, the doctrine of hell demands that most of Hitler's victims will be with him in hell - yeah right, that would really serve justice.without a hell there's no need for a Savior. Little needs to be said about the absurdity of suggesting that the Creator would suffer more than the cumulative sufferings of all of mankind if there's no hell to save us from.
This is the stupidest pro-hell arguement I've ever heard. Can you site one single verse in the entire scripture that defines salvation as being saved from hell? Where does the Bible say that Jesus died to save us from hell?As much as we might want to think that all will be saved, I think that common sense precludes the possibility.
There he's goes again with "common sense" Maybe believing all will be saved is not common sense, but if Jesus is the Savior of the World - wouldn't he at least save the world. If he is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, then he paid an unmeasurable price to redeem the world. Will he get what he paid for? It is folks like Hank who believe Christ died in vain. That's my