The concept of hell is one of the greatest stumbling blocks for many. For some, it’s the deal breaker.
One theologian wrote: “Of all the doctrines in Christianity, Hell is probably the most difficult to defend, the most burdensome to believe and the first to be abandoned.”
Hell presents some huge obstacles and raises several questions:
- How can an all-loving God sentence people to hell?
- Why does God condemn people eternally for what they do in a finite amount of time?
- Why is it necessary for hell to involve a kind of torture?
So some people just say there is no hell. Others advocate that hell is not eternal, and eventually everyone will get to heaven.
C.S. Lewis once wrote about the doctrine of Hell: “There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this, if it lay in my power. But it has the full support of Scripture and, specially, of our Lord’s own words; it has always been held by Christendom; and it has the support of reason.”
So what is hell? What is its purpose? Is it a place? Is it forever? Is it real? Should we fear it? How should Christians think about it?
This Sunday I want to take a closer look at this biblical doctrine and address the question Why should we believe in Hell? I continue a sermon series that I call “The God Questions.” Questions we would like to ask God.
Join us this Sunday, October 15 @ 10:30 a.m.