SSMI Blog Post on Hell

I already posted this on my own blog, but it was initially written for the Sola Scriptura Ministries Blog: Hell is Eternal.

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2 responses to “SSMI Blog Post on Hell

  1. I did not know that about JW’s…interesting.

    I, one of many, found Bell treatment on eternity a bit hazzy despite how important it was to his argument. There is only so much I expect, however, for a book written at a fourth grade reading level!

    On the subject of hell, however, I would like to point out something that perplexed me in my studies: in the Revelation passage hell is actually destroyed in the eternal judgment of the lake of fire. I found that interesting because we, I think based on a Catholic bias never reformed, tend to think hell is the same as the end judgment like in the case of Dante’s Inferno or something similar.

    If one looks at the nature of this eternal judgment “fire,” however, one finds an interesting passage in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. There it seems that those whose works (or perhaps lives themselves) that are not rooted on the foundation of Christ will be submitted to “fire.” If this is the final fire of judgment (which “fire” in this way tends to infer throughout the NT), this passage states something that utterly perplexes me: “If the builder is burned up. the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved – even though only as one escaping through flames” If this refers to non-believers, my question is why are they going through to be saved after the fire. If this is referring to believers, why are believers, who are justified by Christ, being put through the fire of judgment?

    • Hey man, thanks for this. Gimme a bit and I’ll look those over in greater detail.
      On a totally different note, a bunch of us get together every two months for some theological discussion at a pub near Bloor and Church. It’s a pretty mixed bag, but we have a great time. The site with more info is http://www.theologypub.ca, you should check it out.

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