The doctrine of hell is perhaps one of the most unpleasant and avoided in today's church. Yet there is no escaping hell as a part of the message of the gospel, for Jesus Himself spoke about hell often. In Hell Hath No Fury? Annihilationism Considered, Lyndon Perry of Thought Renewal examines the topic, arguing that "understanding the nature of hell is important because the effectiveness of evangelism is at stake". This post sparked my own thoughts, which turned into Heaven and Hell, my contribution to this week's Carnival. In this post I discuss the way both heaven and hell are reflected in this world we live in, and the implications for believer and non-believer alike of contemplating the inevitable destiny for all of either heaven and hell.
What prompted this series of reflections was a thoughtful post by a friend Mark Swanson at Runalong with Pastor Mark titled, Hell? Yes. This led to my initial response titled, Hell? Yes - A Reply and Rebuttal.
Nov 19 UPDATE: Mark has posted a challenging, but unfortunately titled, post, Less Hell = More Converts? - You'll see why I say unfortunate in my comments. What a great discussion!
So, if you're up for some engaging debate or discussion, then let's go.