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Why Did a “Good” God Create Hell?

Many people today accuse God of unfairness.  Since God can foresee the future, they ask, why didn’t He simply never create all those he knows to be destined to spend eternity in Hell?   One skeptic I know put the question [Read More]

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God Does Not Torture Souls In Hell

For many skeptics, the idea that God could punish his “children” with eternal “torture” is just to much for them to accept. A non-believer with whom I once corresponded put it like this: “The notion that hell is a place [Read More]

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Is Christianity Unduly Harsh?

To the secular mind, Christianity can appear to be a giant schoolyard bully, threatening eternal harm for anyone who breaks his rule. A comment to a recent post reflected this position, and helps to bring into focus the difficulty that [Read More]

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Can We Sin in Heaven?

Few people today find apologetics to be a stimulating pasttime. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the efforts of the apologist to be met by a yawn, or a quizzical look. But for those inclined to ponder inponderables, dialogue with [Read More]

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Why We Must Consent To Salvation

Many atheists reject Christianity because of what they see as a profound unfairness. Why would a loving God, they ask, throw someone in Hell for eternity for a relatively minor sin? The punishment, they conclude, does not fit the crime. [Read More]

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Were We Designed By God To Sin?

Non-believers have a hard time understanding why God would be angry with his creation. Why would God want to punish us at all, let alone for all eternity, for simply being what he made us to be? After all, they [Read More]

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Why Salvation Is Not Graded on a Curve

Most people today seem to think they are doing “good enough” when it comes to pleasing God.  In fact, they seem confident that if there is a God, He will have no difficulty in seeing their “goodness” and welcoming them [Read More]

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A Further Reflection on the Nature of Hell

In a previous post, I reflected on a way of considering Hell in terms other than the imagery of a literal “lake of fire.” My thoughts led me to conclude that separation from God – from the source of all [Read More]

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Infinite Punishment for Finite Crimes?

Trying to explain how a good God created Hell can be a challenge for the Christian apologist. In my last post, I considered the distinction between torture – which implies intentional infliction of punishment for the pleasure of doing so [Read More]

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Is Hell Torment or Torture?

Making sense of concepts such as “eternal” punishment is not easy. When we think about such things – and we don’t very often today, I would submit – we naturally reject the idea that God could be so “vindictive” or [Read More]

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Is An Eternal Consequence Too Long?

Jonathan Edwards shook the world of the 1740’s with his fiery sermon. “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” is how it came to be known, and in it, Edwards combined vivid imagery of Hell with a Scriptural case [Read More]

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Does God’s Knowledge Eliminate Our Free Will?

Grappling with temporal concepts is an intriguing mental exercise, but one that often leaves people with more questions than when they began. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the question of reconciling our capacity for free will with God’s [Read More]

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Worrying About Loved Ones Going to Hell

Many believers struggle with the notion that a “good” and “loving” God could consign anyone to Hell. Since just about any believer knows someone who has rejected Christianity, this is not some abstract notion that can be easily dismissed.  The more [Read More]

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