Steve Savage - January 21, 2018

The Problem with Hell

In our culture, divine judgement is one of Christianity’s most offensive doctrines. But that comes out of a misunderstanding of who chooses hell. Truth is that we choose hell – or heaven ourselves. Sin separates us from the presence of God, which is the source of all joy, love, wisdom and good thing of any kind. We were created to be in intimate relationship with God, where we may thrive and flourish and achieve our highest potential. Hell, then is our freely embraced choice if we then decide to live out our eternal identities apart from God. As C.S. Lewis said, “There are only two kinds of people – those who say, “Thy will be done” to God or those to whom God in the end says, “They will be done." All that are in hell choose it. Without that self-choice it wouldn’t be hell.

From Series: "The Elephant in the Room"

We have heard it said that we don’t talk about politics or religion if we want to keep the peace among family, friends and coworkers. The problem however is that inevitably both topics keep coming up because they are both quite simply unescapable facts of life – and death in the case of religion. Certainly, in the case of Christianity, the promise to keep the peace through silence will often create more anxiety by introducing ‘the elephant in the room’ scenario… questions or challenges no one is willing to voice and answers no one is sure they can present. In order to keep the peace, should we identify the elephant in the room? In 1 Peter 3:15, we are charged to be ready to make a “defense for the reason of our hope in Christ... Peter uses the word in the context of an informal inquiry by a friend or neighbour who may be asking, "Why are you a Christian?" It is to these that Peter says to be ready to give reasons why we believe. In this series, we will answer five of the biggest questions skeptics pose against the validity of Christianity. In doing so, we hope to accomplish three objectives: a. To strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ b. To introduce the living God to those who may not yet know him. c. To help prepare ourselves to be able to do the very thing instructed by Peter.

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