Why the hell…? [3] – Do we need one?

July 21, 2010 § 3 Comments

Jeroen Bosch, The Seven Cardinal Sins

The first question that comes to mind when thinking about hell is ‘why the hell’ it needs to exist. It hardly helps in convincing people of their sin; it seems not too helpful a tool to bring the ‘Good News’ to a postmodern world. An eternal conscious punishment seems rather harsh. Or better: unbearably and crushingly heavy. In this third installment of the three part series ‘Why the hell…?’ we will explore the reality of hell and the question of whether it should be seen as a place of eternal conscious punishment. This last matter is most crucial in apologetic debates. « Read the rest of this entry »

Poem of the Week [10.9]

July 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

There is always hope for those who wait upon the Lord. Therefore we shall rejoice and not give up. Please note that the ‘refrain’ bit ‘rejoice, rejoice we have no choice’ is taken from a beautiful song from the album Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. Hippie stuff, but so good. « Read the rest of this entry »

Why the hell…? [2] – The Warmongering God

July 4, 2010 § 1 Comment

This is the second installment in my three part series ‘Why the hell…?’ in which I attempt to address some fundamental questions related to evil and suffering. In this article I will be looking at the perplexing nature of the character of God in the Old Testament. Why is it that in the Old Testament we encounter what seems to be a cruel God who demands people to be killed? « Read the rest of this entry »

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