If Bell’s Hell Has No Flame
Then why did Jesus warn us about hell more than He talked about heaven?
Then why did Jesus warn about hell more than any person recorded in the Bible?
Then why did Lazarus ask for a drop of water for the tip of his tongue to cool his torment from the flames?
Then why did Jesus warn there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth?
(If you are not familiar with the issue, two fairly well-known pastors have rejected the Biblical meaning of the “lake of fire”, as Hell . One has written a book that states that a loving God would not send people to eternal torment in flames).
My Take on why this happened
I fear that many Christians have left their first love, Jesus Christ, and Rob Bell and Brian McLaren have had occasion to occupy that which we abdicated, namely, the emphasis of the Love of God as clearly portrayed in the cross of Christ.
All of God’s attributes of Holiness and Justice were satisfied for us by God himself in the personage of Jesus Christ.
Why do we Christians have such a difficult time reconciling God’s love and God’s Holiness and justice when it was God himself who personally settled that issue on the cross and the reason He did so is because He loved us?
John 3:16 states – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Choice is valued in our culture.
People like it when they can choose on their own.
Before Christ’s sacrifice people had nothing but death to choose from.
God gave us a choice.
Hell is real and people who reject Christ will go there.
And the following is a summary of what is written in the Bible and why that is the case.
Satan desired to ,”be like the Most High”, and his pride became sin.
One third of heaven’s angels sided with Satan and suffered the same fate as him.
They were condemned and Hell, the lake of fire, was created for them.
They are awaiting that sentence to be carried out.
Then Satan tempted mankind to do that which had been forbid by God, to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
He tempted mankind by saying to them the same thing that he was condemned for,”you will be like the Most High”.
Satan no doubt knew that if mankind sinned the same sin as him, mankind would suffer the same fate as him, the lake of fire for all eternity.
That is why a Loving God would send people to Hell, because He is also a just God.
Satan’s sin was our sin also.
Satan’s fate became our fate as well.
It is just.
But consider this.
We owed God for our sin.
Then God came down to personally pay the debt that we owed Him.
Our debtor paid our debt for us!
God came down to mankind and was born of a virgin , grew up as a boy, worked as a carpenter, and never sinned.
Our God did this for us to become what we could not be, sinless and perfect, so He could then sacrifice Himself for our sins and pay the price for us.
The just for the unjust.
How can we then say condemnation to Hell is unjust if the one we were indebted to personally paid our debt himself ?
The explanations that are common in the lake of fire debate are foolish at best.
The lake of fire ,(Hell ),that Christ warned about extensively was not mere symbolism or a smoldering trash heap outside the city walls of Jerusalem.
Reconsider your stance Brian McLaren and Rob Bell , for you risk causing many to miss the seriousness of what is at stake, and you diminish the sacrifice of Christ.
We are saved from infinitely more than mere regrets.
Our Savior is infinitely more worthy of being called Savior than you imply by what you call Hell.
“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.”