Jesus  Jesus on 'Hell'
- From: "* irenic *" <see_it@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 04:26:17 GMT
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Matthew's Last Judgment scene has the King saying to 'those on his left
hand, "You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared
for the devil and his angels"' (25:41 NRSV).
First, some of the hard questions...
A well-known radio commentator, Ormsby Wilkins, attended a Billy Graham
'crusade' in Sydney. His verdict: 'Last night Dr Graham was preaching about
heaven and hell, and if I heard him right, he told us that only evangelical
Christians who received Jesus as their personal Saviour are going to heaven,
and the rest of us are destined for hell. He seemed to indicate that if any
of us were run over by a bus before we made that commitment, it was hell
for eternity, with no reprieve.
'Here's my first problem. We've just introduced legislation in this country
to give us all a "cooling-off" period before we are talked into buying
anything. Apparently Billy Graham's God isn't that compassionate. Someone
hearing all this for the first time is done for unless they make a decision,
there and then.
'Second, Dr. Graham described heaven as a sort of cosmic eternal party where
Christians are having a wonderful time. Meanwhile some of their loved ones
are in hell - *and they know it!* and *they can go on having their party*!!!
'If that's the best kind of heaven he's offering, I don't want to go there.
'Third, apparently if you don't repent, you'll suffer for ever, with no
second chance. And let us theorize that some who go to hell have only had
one chance - like last night - to decide. This approach to retributive
punishment is not only inhumane and lacking compassion, but it's forever
folks! That's on and on and on - and you're conscious... Would any of the
fathers or mothers listening to me want their child punished forever for
*one wrong decision* made in this life?'
Good questions, I reckon...
How would you respond?
Shalom! Rowland Croucher http://jmm.aaa.net.au/
'We are not human beings having a spiritual experience;
we are spiritual beings having a human experience.'
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man
[I believe this is a misrepresentation of Graham. While Graham
believes that Christ is the only way to salvation, he is fairly
careful not to make absolute statements about who is going to hell.
Odd cases of people who die before they can make a profession of faith
are best left to God, who knows our hearts. However that is not an
excuse for the rest of us to take the claims of Christ lightly. I
believe Graham agrees with this. --clh]
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