I can’t remember everÂ believing in the concepts of heaven and hell.Â Â So it isÂ hard to understandÂ the enthusiasm some folks have for the idea that others are going to hell.Â
TheyÂ so loveÂ this notion of hell for others that they cannot tolerate suggestions that hell might not exist, or, that those they dislike might not go there.Â This is not just theological hair splitting, it’s log splintering.
I’m talking here about the doctrine of the “emerging church” and the competition itÂ presents toÂ the old order.Â The enthusiasm for keeping hell on the theological leader board is so great a Methodist pastor was asked to leave his church because he posted on FaceBook an endorcement ofÂ Rob Bell’s book, “Love Wins.” Bell believes sinners are loved and accepted by Jesus.
Chad Holtz was the Pastor of a rural church in North Carolina.Â He had come to question whether there is an “eternity of torment”.Â He said of his former congregation, “I can understand why the people in my church aren’t ready to leave that behind.”
I suppose theÂ hell concept is just anotherÂ of those ideas that separates us.Â If you believe in it, it is so logical to you that toÂ think otherwise is beyond the pale.
If you don’t believe in it, the concept of spending eternity in something like a fire pit is so rediculous, it is not worth a second thought.Â
I can relate to Pastor Holtz.Â Â To talk about something that seemsÂ far fetchedÂ is not worth whatever pittance he was being paid.