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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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Can A Good God Send People to Hell?

The modern skeptic often takes an aggressive stance against theism generally, and Christianity in particular. In recent posts, I have examined one such “attack” on God: the challenge that God cannot be considered a “loving” parent because He allowed his “children” [Read More]

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Are You Armed For Spiritual Warfare?

Since it first hit the big screen, the Star Wars movie series has wowed audiences with its spectacular special effects. In that galaxy far, far away, the ageless struggle between good and evil rages on, built around the story of [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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The Consequences of Rebellion

Imagine a time in the not too distant future. Trying to compensate for a declining population, scientists use advanced technology to build a “race” of robots, giving then not only human appearance and abilities, but also increasing amounts of “artificial [Read More]

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Why Christians Praise God

Christian apologists are accustomed to dealing with the “straw man” fallacy. The one who engages in this type of argument paints a false picture of his opponent’s position, one that is easy to ridicule or defeat, and then concludes, triumphantly, [Read More]

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Why Separation From God Is Hell

Recent posts on this site have discussed the Christian conception of Hell, as a place of eternal torment. Probably the most difficult doctrine to embrace, the believer must often confront angry responses, and attacks, like one posted by a skeptic [Read More]

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Is Eternal Punishment Too Much?

Many people reject the possibility of hell because they feel that the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. In a recent email exchange, an atheist framed the argument this way: “God is perfectly just, and yet he sentences the imperfect humans [Read More]

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Escaping to Pandora

The Oscar-winning blockbuster Avatar thrilled audiences with its 3D special effects. The plot, an allegory about the evils of corporate greed, thrusts a paraplegic space marine – Jake Sully – into a role pivotal to the future of the native [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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Is Hell Really a Lake of Fire?

Down through the centuries has come the image of Hell as a lake of fire. Some believe the language to be literal, while others think it merely allegorical, but until recently there was not much dispute that Hell, whatever it [Read More]

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Dealing With Basic Doubts About Faith

I received a letter not long ago from a believer with serious doubts. Science, he felt, had made believing in a variety of Biblical accounts seem foolish. The virgin birth, the trinity, the parting of the Red Sea, Noah’s Arc… [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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How Jesus Getting Nailed to the Cross Saves Us

Defending Christian doctrine can be a daunting task. Sometimes, as amateur apologists, we may be asked a very specific question about an esoteric topic. But many times we are asked, perhaps a bit sarcastically, to make sense of our core [Read More]

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Should God Annihilate the Souls in Hell?

The “torment” of Hell does not involve God actively torturing those who choose to persist in their rebellion against Him. It is, instead, the natural product of separation from God, who is the source of all that is good. I’ve [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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