I made some new friends. I didn’t even really know they existed. They came in a flood. I found them over the concept of Hell; eternal punishment. They read a blog I wrote: Thank God for Hell. It described how essential Hell is. Since my new friends prefer annihilationism their complaints are understandable.
I’ve never really had to defend the doctrine of Hell. Well that isn’t wholly true. I have discussed it with the Judeo-Christian cults. Oops, I used the world cult. (PC’ers are everywhere you know, you gotta watch out.) I have found the word cult is not an approved word so I will change it to a new term; New Christian Type Religions. For those unfamiliar with this term annihilationism, it means that God punishes sinners by making them no longer exist. Simply horrifying, lol.
Unfortunately those who have rejected eternal punishment in Hell are immune to the scriptures. They turn direct comments by Jesus and others into figures of speech, metaphors and allegories. Nice exegetical magic tricks. So I won’t bother using the scriptures for the defense of Hell and eternal punishment since annihilationist so abuse them.
This annihilationism fetish is generated from a distaste for eternal punishment. It is a simple emotional response. I do not like the idea of Hell either but I’m not audacious enough to twist the scriptures to suit my preference. This is not very clear thinking.
Annihilationism leaves us to believe that the most evil oppressor will die and not exist for his earthly sins while enjoying the benefits of his sin on earth. In contrast many innocent people will suffer on earth. The suffering of those on earth will be worse than the judgment of God of the evil oppressor in the afterlife.
Life is difficult. Throughout time many have suffered. This suffering is so horrible. Decease, famine, war, rape and torture are part of a short list of sufferings. Mental and emotional strains by their many causes have affected multitudes also. Some of these are extended for years not merely moments. The number of people, over many centuries, and to a degree of suffering that is so deep it cannot be fully comprehended. These sufferings are generally caused by no fault of the sufferer.
Mao Tse-Tung was the communist revolutionary that took power in China. He was responsible for the starvation, murder and torture of over 45 million people. If judged by God for his sins and found guilty he will be sentenced to non-existence for eternity. He will have no pain, sorrow or shame for eternity for His crimes. Simply, “Zap!” and he evaporates.
In contrast those who suffered under his hand did so horribly. These people endured grotesque pain and hardship innocently. Their pain of loss of family, physical pain and starvation went on for days and years. Even in sleep it was hard to find rest. The innocent therefore will suffer more than Mao will for his crimes.
I do not expect to convince those emotionally bound to their preferred theology. It is just fun to point out their irrational emotional conclusions.
Haha, “I fart in your general direction.” Monte Python