Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Is Conscious Eternal Torment Reasonable?

          A common objection that we hear to the doctrine of eternal hellfire is that it makes God cruel, unloving, and unjust. What needs to be understood, however, is that it is simply presumptuous for us to tell our Creator what is right or what is wrong. Moreover, the reason that hell exists is that God is holy and just.

          It does not require much effort to see that eternal salvation corresponds to eternal punishment. The idea, though terrifying and unpleasant, is perfectly reasonable. What we should find shocking is the fact that God even sent His Son to redeem us stiff-necked people from eternal condemnation which occurs as a result of breaking His Law. Our standards are not God's standards. We cannot just water down His character to make Him pleasing to ourselves and other people. As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ spoke more concerning hell than He did heaven.

          If a person objectively takes the time to think through the discussion on eternal torment verses annihilation, then he or she will have to conclude that the latter view is a practically inadequate theory on how God punishes the unbelieving world. If the wrath of God is satisfied, then why should He destroy the soul of the sinner in the first place? If a person has served his or her due sentence, then would that not imply that he or she has been justified? If the wrath of God has not been satisfied, then why should He put an end to the designated punishment? You cannot punish something that does not exist. God would be compromising His righteousness by destroying people who have already paid their due sentence.

          There is much more to being a Christian than merely escaping from the wrath of God. That is only the beginning of the Christian walk. The Christian religion is not merely a code of ethics. Conversion marks the beginning of us being reconciled to a holy God. As regarding the immortality of the human soul, only God is eternal in the sense that He is uncreated and self-sufficient. Our souls continue to thrive for the reason that they are sustained by His power.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jesse. Yes, there is far more to being a Christian than just escaping the fiery torment we all deserve. Now that we are redeemed we become a new creatures and strive to do His Pleasure instead of our own. Of coarse we all make mistakes along the way but the righteous fall seven times and get back up. I agree that we can't just sugar coat or misinterpret bible passages to suit our audience and while the idea of eternal punishment isn't pleasant it is a true biblical doctrine that needs to be addressed.