SHOULD WE SPEAK ABOUT HELL?

Well, hell yes!!! Sorry Christians, but the line was just too funny to pass up.
There seems some reluctance to speak about hell in our Churches in these times. It wasn’t always that way. When I was young you would hear Christian leaders preach about Hell, but now it is hardly ever mentioned.
I have to ask everyone, “Why would anyone need a Savior if there is no Hell?” If you do not tell people about the consequences of ignoring God why would they worry? How would you ever make the message of the New Testament clear if you do not explain Hell?
Before you chastise me for saying the unsaved should worry because worry is a sin, think about it. Worry is a sin for those who have overcome the world, because it demonstrates their lack of faith; not total lack mind you, but still some unbelief. Because the unbeliever has no faith (In God) it is not a sin for them to worry.
It is something like fear. Fear has two definitions, one is to be afraid, and the other is extreme reverence. Fear, or to be afraid, is the beginning of understanding. The beginning of understanding leads to extreme reverence. It would be a sin for a Christian to be afraid, because he or she should understand that God is in control. Yes, I know we all sin, but those sins have been paid for, so don’t worry. You see what I mean?
Anyway, to get back to the subject, if we do not explain Hell we are leaving out the most important part of “The Good News” (Gospel). The Gospel is that we do not have to go to Hell: there is a Savior for anyone that will be honest enough to admit that they are a sinner and need a Savior and then do what God wants in order to receive salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Well, I suppose the first step is to be honest enough to admit that there is a God.

12 Responses to SHOULD WE SPEAK ABOUT HELL?

  1. joseph jones says:

    I agree with you to an extent.

    The reality of hell does not need to be ignored, but it is by no means the most important part of the gospel. Is it pertinent – yes. The gospel is so much deeper than just a means by which to avoid hell.

  2. astudent says:

    Joseph,
    Of course you are correct when you say the Gospel is deep and I would agree with you. My point is the unsaved have no incentive to find out about the “good news” if they do not realize there is bad news. Hell is the key, the beginning of understanding. This is one of those times when two believers agree, but place their emphasis on different parts of their understanding. I have seen this, what seems like a disagreement, get really heated and if the two stick to it they wonder what it was that they disagreed on. Kinda funny to me. Thanks for caring enough to comment.

  3. SHIRLEY says:

    The “visions” of Hell from the Middle Ages make interesting reading and lend tremendous insight to the superstition of the time. The fact that many of these superstitions survive is interesting in light that theistic religon is waning except in areas populated by the poor and uneducated. Even in America, studies show that most people who refer to themselves as Christians are not active in their religon. Sort of part-time Christians. Many see church as a social outing or a networking tool.

    I really don’t think many people ask themselves if their actions will land them in Hell. I also don’t think that if they somehow discover that Hell doesn’t exist they will immediately commence to rape and pillage.

  4. astudent says:

    Shirley,
    The “visions” of Hell that I am speaking about are from the Bible. These are not superstitions (Look up the word). You seem to infer that Christians are inferior, but you do not understand that spiritual understanding and worldly understanding are different; and because they are different you can not understand. It is something like I say see that, but you have no eyes.
    Don’t you think it ironic for you that this is mentioned in the Bible? (1 Cor 1:19 NIV) For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” I doubt if you would admit frustration, but you really cannot understand the Bible by applying scientific principals to it.
    You say many Christians are part time and I would agree with you. Would you agree with me that many who profess to be intelligent are just as part time?
    I also agree with you that people don’t ask themselves if their actions will land them in Hell. They usually ask themselves if their actions will land them in jail, and that doesn’t change whether they believe in Hell or not, so there would not be an immediate increase in crime.
    Thanks for the comment. I know it comes from your beliefs and therefore your understanding and I don’t believe you meant to insult anyone.

  5. SHIRLEY says:

    http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?superstition

    Main Entry: su·per·sti·tion
    Pronunciation: “sü-p&r-‘sti-sh&n
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English supersticion, from Anglo-French, from Latin superstition-, superstitio, from superstit-, superstes standing over (as witness or survivor), from super- + stare to stand — more at STAND
    1 a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation b : an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition
    2 : a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

    Now go read your bible and think out the above definition.

  6. astudent says:

    Shirley,
    American Heritage Dictionary
    su•per•sti•tion (s›”p…r-st¹sh“…n) n. 1. An irrational belief that an object, an action, or a circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome. 2.a. A belief, practice, or rite irrationally maintained by ignorance of the laws of nature or by faith in magic or chance. b. A fearful or abject state of mind resulting from such ignorance or irrationality. c. Idolatry.

    Concise Oxford English Dictionary,
    superstition
    noun excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural. a widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as bringing good or bad luck.

    Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dicitonary,
    su•per•sti•tion (sÁÅpÃr stishÆÃn), n.
    1. a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.
    2. a system or collection of such beliefs.
    3. a custom or act based on such a belief.
    4. irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, esp. in connection with religion.
    5. any blindly accepted belief or notion.

    I have to laugh, because I know you are going to say my dictionary (American Heritage) is wrong because 2.c isn’t in yours. Bet you don’t believe in the Bible either.
    Faith in God is not faith in magic. Notice 2.c. Idolatry and you can see that the word superstition does not refer to God. Actually it refers to irrationality about anything but God. Belief in God is not irrational at all: unless you do not understand and then it only seems irrational; but then for you, it does seem like superstition.
    So of course when I read the Bible I do not consider it superstition, (Because it is not) and I have no irrational fear of what is unknown. What is unknown that I should fear? Actually it is irrational to believe the universe and life just happened all by them selves.
    “O” by the way there is no evidence to the contrary of God.

  7. arm5 says:

    I think the reason why hell isn’t preached over our pulpits much anymore is because a lot of preachers have going towards the postive side of the gospel and they won’t bring up hell because it projects a negative side of the gospel.

  8. astudent says:

    arm5,
    I think you are right when you say preachers do not preach about Hell because they perceive it to be negative. Do you think that they are changing the Gospel because they think they know better than God? Can the Gospel really be the Gospel with out the truth of Hell preached? Can anyone preach the Bible in truth without telling the lost that they face eternity in torment unless they turn to God? If we remove Hell from the message what do we take out next? We are charged with warning the lost as a watchman cries out. What would we warn them of if we don’t explain Hell?
    Are we suppose to get the lost into Church or into Heaven? (It isn’t the same)
    I apologize if I sound like I am blaming you. I am not. It just sets me off when I think about it.

  9. arm5 says:

    Me too. I believe the whole gospel should be be preached and not some half gospel. I believe most pastors will water down the gospel and take parts out just to be socially accepted. And another people that goes to seminary don’t even hear hell being taught in the seminary .

  10. astudent says:

    arm5,
    Well, after I cool off a bit I have to admit that there are some very good preachers that do not emphasize Hell. I believe their intent is to get the lost onto the Church by any means in order to teach them. I am not against any means to get the lost to hear about Jesus, except changing the message of the Bible. It is very hard to preach Hell to someone that has been hearing only the message of love. They could well think that God is unjust if they do not understand Hell form the beginning.
    I think we agree that some teachers and seminaries are not teaching the complete Word. I have heard a friend say that seminary almost destroyed his faith.

  11. Steph.L says:

    astudent
    All of the above is a real thought provoking and eye opening section, honestly I couldn’t have said it better myself and this part, “Why would anyone need a Savior if there is no Hell?” makes too much sense to ignore. I believe hell is simply where your mind goes when your body is dead if you truely know you have been a bad person, a place of eternal tourment in your mind and that you have to live in that thought when your body exceeds physical life. I do not however believe you go their to be tourmented it is for the ignorent who did not let God into theirs lives and have faith in him.
    Thanks.

  12. astudent says:

    Steph.l,
    Thanks for the kind words.
    I agree with you that Hell is where the mind goes, but if I understand you correctly you believe Hell is in your mind and I believe Hell is a place where the mind goes and I believe it is a place of torment.
    The only thing that I know about Hell is what is stated in the Bible and it says anyone worships the beast and his image will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” (Rev 14:9-11 in part)
    It really doesn’t matter as it is a place no one will want to be.

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