Heaven, Hell, annihilation and procrastination

Hell's Eternal Punishment

Hell’s Eternal Punishment (Photo credit: vaticanus)

Just lately I’ve been thinking of hell- it’s terrifying: the idea of never knowing peace or relief from pain.  I can see why annihilationism is so tempting: the idea that it does not go on for ever, the idea that death is just an end for those souls who reject God and his salvation through Jesus Christ.  I really wanted to become an annihilationist when I thought about hell.  I don’t mean thought intellectually about it, but just thought about what it would be like, what it would feel like.  Body and soul are destroyed (Matthew 10:28), but as Mark 9:42-50 makes clear this is not a clean-cut absolute end as “‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’”  Furthermore, if any part of you causes you to sin, Jesus says “It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell” (and gives other examples).  In other words, no amount of discomfort in this life is worth the pain of hell, even a lifetime of difficulty and pain does not compare.  On the plus side, “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17), which coming from a man who had suffered as Paul had, shows that Heaven will plentifully compensate us for any pain encountered on earth, even a death for trusting in Jesus (my wife has been going through Revelation).   And thank God that it is He who judges and directs the affairs of both Heaven and Hell!  We can know safety and Peace in His saving plan (John 3:16-18)!  Continue reading

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Jesus Heals but don’t advertise it!

Not long ago, some MPs got embroiled in an attempt to allow Christians to make the statement that Jesus heals.  These adverts were disallowed, and it is shameful that this happened.  However, it seems to me that we the Christians (or at least most of us) are to blame.  Let me explain: would there have been any grounds for even Jesus’ most hardened opponents to claim that Jesus could not heal?  This link to Biblegateway gives an idea of the number of times “Jesus” and “heal” are mentioned, and yes, not all of the 59 results are actual healing references but some of them are multiple, and some of them like Matthew 12:15, show Jesus healing everyone in an area (0 failures, 0 rejections mentioned).  So where does that leave us? Continue reading