Today I read two articles in Catholic sites, one presenting a problem, the other offering a solution of sorts. The discussion applied to various Protestant faiths as well.
One discussion was about an upcoming conference on the growth of secularism. A Catholic official was quoted as saying there is a ”tsunami of secularism” sweeping the world.
The Pope has expressed optimism about the future of the Church saying when people encounter its age-old truths, they will return. The other article, unrelated to the upcoming conference, discussed one of these age-old truths.
This is hell. The concern is parish priests do not discuss hell enough. The author thinks the Divine judgement of hell needs a constant presence in the Church’s message.
While neither article said specifically discussing hell would bring people back to church, that’s a conclusion one could reach. And, it is absurd because the reason hell is not discussed is because people don’t want to here about it.
The concern of the hierarchy must be if one part of the message, that we are born in sin and headed for hell, is left out, the other part, that the church can save you from this hell, might seem ridiculous as well. They are stuck with, maybe in, hell.
The Catholic Church, and others like the Southern Baptists, have painted themselves into a corner. They have preached the sin and hell theology is the only correct one.
When hell doesn’t sell, there is no other product left on the self.