I would like to read Rob Bell’s new book but know that I won’t for a while. I still haven’t read my copy of Edward Fudge’s book although I would like to. But what it boils down to for me is…I don’t care whether those who reject Jesus suffer for a little while or a long while. I don’t want to go there and I want to help others avoid that.
I will be preaching on it soon and plan to share the different opinions out there.
Something to consider:
If you will be disappointed if the unrighteous are not tormented eternally, I worry about you.
If you will no longer want to spend eternity with God if you find out the unrighteous will be tormented eternally, I worry about.
I am neither excited about nor is my faith tied to what God does with the wicked. I do not believe God has to punish folk eternally to fulfill or manifest his Holiness.
I do not believe he would be “bad” or less loving if Hell is eternal in the traditional view. I believe he has the right to do that if He so chooses and it would be just.
IMWO (worthless), eternal punishment wouldn’t diminish God’s Love one bit and temporary punishishment followed by annihilation wouldn’t diminish God’s Holiness one bit.
I look forward to reading blog posts that interact with Bell’s book and I do plan to read Fudge’s book at some point, but if you get it all figured out, please don’t let me know.
I’ll be just fine.