Charles Spurgeon, of Hell, noted in his hour, “The doctrine of no punishment for any man is popular at this day, and threatens to have even greater sway in the future.”
He was of course correct. Readily accessible now is the “greater sway” of persuasive men, contemporary leaders with great followings, who have denounced the reality of an eternal place of punishment created for the entity known as Satan, but also acclaimed by many as reserved for all of those whose names are not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
The discomfort that this topic brings is usually sufficient enough to render the believer-in-the-existence-of-hell carrier of the gospel silent about its existence. But if this place called Hell is a literal destination for everyone who has not placed their faith in the finished work of Christ, and if their sentence is one of eternity without parole, then how neglectful of responsibility would it be to stifle its reality?
Could it be that there’s something more than just the awkwardness of the subject that keeps most from speaking of this place?
Is it possible that the Bible doesn’t acutely tell us enough about this place to warrant a dogmatic declaration of its holocaustic flames and death-defying worms?
Over the course of a few posts I would like to try to examine the evidence that both supports and denies Hell’s reality. My intent is to look at Hell from the perspective of:
- What did Jesus say?
- What did the New Testament writers teach?
- What has been the common thought of the Church?
- Why many are confident there is no Biblical teaching of eternal punishment.
As always, I hope much discussion comes from the readers (that’s you by the way). Can you think of a specific text in Scripture that undeniably supports Hell’s existence? It’s fallacy?