Originally posted on Barnts in the Belfry:
God loves you so much, that he sent his only Son to die for your sins and give you an eternity in heaven. But if you refuse to accept this free and gracious gift, he’s going to throw you into a lake of fire where you will burn for eternity.
Dang. That makes Jabba the Hutt’s thousand-year Sarlacc digestion program sound like a weekend trip to Disney World.
Hell is problematic. There’s no way around it. We can use it to scare people into conversion, or at least give them a stern warning. Or we can try to avoid it, or soften it, or offer hope beyond it. But in any case, one can understand why some people might put finger quotes around the word “gospel” when they try to justify a loving God forcing an eternity of suffering on those who reject him.
If you listen carefully, some…
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