Wednesday, April 12, 2006

hell, continued


As I continue my reading of the The Last Word and the Word After That, McLaren continues to push my thinking about Hell. McLaren suggests that often we use hell to instill compliance through fear... turn or burn...I am reminded again that "the church exists not for itself, or for the elite few, but to be a blessing to the world."(McLaren) To fight for justice, for poor, the weak, the vulnerable, etc. "Because Jesus cares for both personal morality and public justice, God whose will is peace and justice for all."(McLaren) all have hope, all have joy.

Tomorrow morning we are leaving for Calgary with my Youth, to work with the local church in serving the inner-city poor, who are suffering hell, because of injustice or neglect, I hope we are able to bring a message of hope and peace, I hope that this can help instill the thirst for justice with in our youth, a love for our neighbors, I can't think of anything better to do on Easter...

8 comments:

Incoming... said...

blessings brother
a great reminder this easter...

human#3743484738 said...

Here's a very narrow minded, simplistic take on hell.

If we believe in a literal hell and we also believe in the literal account of the fall of man, then when Adam ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, he/we have "now become like one of Us, knowing good and evil". (Gen 3:22)

Since mankind is now like God, knowing good and evil, how come God doesn't know that eternal hell is wrong but we do?

Lisa said...

hey Paul, i hope your weekend/easter was good - i expect to hear all about it. i wish i could be out there but alas, easter proves to be school time as well. on the upside, my blog is up and running again (just when you took it off your links) so you can now go back to reading all about... me. :) happy easter!

much love

Sarah Gingrich said...

I can't think of a more respectful, dignified alternative than what God has chosen when he gave the option of hell. Why not choose obliteration? God so values each person, His very creation, that he doesn't wipe them out if they refuse to love Him; He allows them just what they want, a lack of Him. Complete and total lack. God doesn't send people to hell, He just doesn't force them to go to Heaven.
Sorry if I approach things rather simplisticly...but I have to assume He knows better than we do, after all, from whom do we derive our sense of right and wrong in the first place?

Paul Morgun said...

Hey Born Again Atheist, thanks for the question. As I understand it God desires for the salvation of the world...to your question "how come God doesn't know that eternal hell is wrong but we do?" I would suggest we know very little of what is right and what is wrong. I would also suggest that God, does not want any one to be separated from him, thus he went on the cross so none would perish but have eternal life. And finally I trust in God's goodness and his mystery over what I can perceive. He is good, I trust that he is. What does that mean with the concept of Hell...the door locked inside? We become so preoccupied in our own self-worship that we don't want God? We would sustain our selves there by our own choice? I don't have an answer...where I am at right now is as McLaren puts it: "The language of hell, in my view, like the language of biblical prophecy in general, is not intended to provide literal or detailed fortune-telling or prognostication about the hereafter, nor is it intended to satisfy intellectual curiosity, but rather it is intended to motivate us in the here and now to realize our ultimate accountability to a God of mercy justice and in that light to rethink everything and to seek first the kingdom and justice of God.

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