All Knowing Magic Cat
- Dec 17, 2001
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- Moving on the whim of the military
I think we'll be exactly something like that when we're totally seperated from God. All goodness and love flows from him. God is love. Can we truly love without Him? Even atheists touch God when they love, that's why love is so powerful. When we enter Hell, we can't take love with us, for it is part of God. None of our other good points will remain as well, and we will shrink into whatever humans are completely void of God and therefore completely void of goodness. We don't need hellfire. We'll make ourselves miserable by being evil, consumed by hate.You are assuming that only those in hell have no conscience or are the most stubbornly evil person in the world where a second chance means nothing to them.
I think that was Rich Mullin's idea of it, but I don't exactly consider him the world's greatest theologian. I just have never quite figured out his statement about feeling that hell was less than we deserved. I always assumed the only other option was annihilation, and that he felt hell was more merciful.Perhaps God chooses eternal punishment because it is, in fact, more merciful than annihilation.
I think the idea of punishment fitting the crime is a human idea that we rarely put into action. The only case is the death penalty, really, where you kill and so are killed. Most cultures use alternates. No one is stolen from for stealing or raped for raping. Is it therefore injust to send them to prison for these actions?So the punishemnt still does not match the crime.
Actually, I don't think I ever have believed in a hellfire hell. The idea seemed too associated with that cartoon where Sylvester has used up eight of his lives. . .have you seen that one? Anyway, I remember reading somewhere it was more of Dante idea than a Christian philosophy one, but I've never read Dante.The traditional view on hell which is believed by the vast majority of Christians who believe in 'hell' involves tormenting fire.
But it may have something to do with it being inevitable.So the fact that we are eternal creatures really has nothing to do with the question of whether eternal punishment is just.