Integrity and Torture
Many well-meaning Christians pay lip-service to permanent penal pain, or “eternal torment” as it is more familiarly known. But I suspect that most don’t actually believe in it.
BruceG recounts the story of a man who was listening to a preacher talking about heaven and hell. The man interrupted the preacher and asked whether he truly believed in heaven and hell. “Yes,” the preacher replied.
“And you believe that hell is a place of eternal torment, filled with pain and suffering and separation from God forever and ever?”
“Yes, of course.”
“If hell is real, as you say you believe it to be, and the pain and misery beyond what we can even imagine, and the length of hell is forever, without end, without hope, with no reprieve, though all of England was strewn with shards of broken glass, if I believed as you say you do, I would crawl across it on my hands and knees, just to be able to save even one soul from entering therein.”
But we don’t. The Christian’s walk does not match his talk.
The walk and the talk
If I – if you – really were to believe that most people alive today (alongside most people who have ever lived) were heading for a future of eternal conscious torture, permanent penal pain, we would do everything humanly possible and more besides, to try to rescue people from such a fate. We would strive unceasing until we drive ourselves mad trying. But we don’t.
In this section I will be posting excerpts from my book Our God is a Consuming Fire (WestBow Press). You can purchase the entire book here.