Hell must be something that we 100% believe to be true. It also needs to be something that we wish 1000% were not true. To fully believe in a place called Hell is a sobering reality. So sobering, that if we really did grasp the full realities of it, would make us shake at the very word.
What makes Hell, Hell? Is it the fiery flames? Is it the eternal darkness? Is it the gnashing of teeth? Nope. None of this….. What we fail to realize is that Hell is the absence of God’s presence. You and I have absolutely no idea what it feels like to be apart from God’s presence. You have never been apart from God. God is everywhere. However, God is not in Hell. I believe that Jesus experienced Hell for us on the cross. Jesus cried out, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”. God the Father “turned his back” on his only Son. God the Father was pouring out his wrath on Jesus for our sins. For a moment in time….Jesus felt what you and I have never endured. Hell. He was separated from God’s presence. Word’s can’t describe what we have never experienced.
Over the last few weeks, so many have been consumed by this topic because of Rob Bell’s new book “Love Wins”. I have read blogs, tweets from both sides. I have even weighed in on this blog over the matter. This is what I gathered from the conversation. Some of those who were blasting Rob and his book, because of the denial of a literal Hell, seemed to want to be more right than wrong. It would seem to me…that those who believe in Hell would want to be wrong! If they fully understood Hell…not only would they warn everybody they meet (not very many do)…but they also would very much like to be wrong. Who would want Hell to be real? Who would wish Hell on anybody? If you are truly a follower of Jesus, this would not be true of you!
It would seem to me…that some would love to come up to Rob in heaven and tell him to his face that he was wrong!!! Ha Ha..nanny, nanny, poo poo. (With a childish grin and tounge sticking out).
To want your theological system to win over the eternal punishment of billions of people is a sin! I stand firm where I believe. I know what I believe. I proclaim what I believe. However, how faithful would I be to God if I wanted “my” beliefs to win out? Should not love, grace, peace, forgiveness, righteousness, justice, holiness win out?
I think for many….it’s going to a very surprising moment in heaven when they realize how many doctrines they had wrong. I for one…would rejoice in my wrongness over Hell. So should you. May God give us wisdom, and the grace to realize, that HE is bigger than our doctrine.