This morning’s message from God’s Word

“A KINDER, GENTLER HELL” 

The doctrine of eternal punishment seems so awful, some have made various attempts to soften it.

THREE ATTEMPTS THAT DON’T WORK

1. Hell is here and now. 2. Hell is temporary. 3. Hell is annihilation.

TWO ATTEMPTS THAT PARTLY WORK

4. Hell is not literal fire. 5. Hell is self-chosen.

ONE ATTEMPT THAT DOES WORK

6. God is not willing that anyone go to hell

In the long run, the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell is itself a question: What are you asking God to do?” To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But he has done so, on Calvary.  To forgive them?  They will not be forgiven.  To leave them alone?  Alas, I am afraid that is what he does.     C.S. Lewis