Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hell is NOT Our Birthright.

Humans are not born with a concept of deserving hell. It's something that is taught to some of us by well intended but misguided religious fundamentalists. Jesus often talked about hell, but it was always in context of horrific action. However.... The idea of inheriting hell - simply because we are human - is a disgusting doctrine, and one that Jesus never taught.

Of course, I'm sure you can possibly interpret some verses in the Bible which suggest that all humans inherit hell as our birthright. But I tend to prefer Jesus' message over such heresies. Jesus never promoted cruel and unusual punishment for those who disagreed with him. Rather, hell was always reserved for those who were unusually and consistently cruel to the least of these. Don't believe me? Check out my other post here. And yes, God's grace extends to even the most evil of sinners, such as the criminal who repented on the cross next to Jesus.

Yes, we can lovingly disagree, and you are free to cling to a harsh perception of God if you so choose. But for me personally, I choose to believe that "God Is Love - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God"  (1 John 4:7). No matter what you may have been taught, be encouraged that God is Love, the Gospel is actually Good News... and hell is NOT your birthright. Rather, let's listen to how Jesus spoke of hell. "Those who have done good will rise to eternal life and those who have continued in evil will rise to judgment" (John 5:28-29, NLT).

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