No Heaven, No Hell

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  • 10 Reasons Christian Heaven Would Actually Be Hell

    Perhaps descriptions of hell are so horrific to keep people from thinking about how hellish popular versions of the Christian Heaven would be.
  • What Christianity without hell looks like


  • The idea that the Bible declares hell a real and literal place is no more valid than the toxic lie that the Bible condemns homosexuality.

    Yet the idea that hell is real persists. Why? Because over the centuries those in positions of power within the institutions of Christianity have methodically, relentlessly, and with great art used the doctrine of hell to exploit the innate fear of death that is harbored by one and all.

    Show me a Christian terrified of hell, and I’ll show you a Christian ready to pay good money for the assurance that he is not going there.

    If you don’t think the “doctrine” of hell is about the accrual of money and power, then … then God bless your naiveté.

    For the rest of us, it’s certainly worth asking what a Christianity without hell would look like. Well …

    A Christianity without hell would be literally fearless.

    A Christianity without hell would have nothing to recommend it but the constant and unending love of God. It would allow Christians to point upward to God’s love—but never downward to His/Her wrath.

    A Christianity without hell would be largely unevangelical, since there would be nothing to save anyone from.

    A Christianity without hell would trust that God’s loving benevolence towards all people (emphasis on all) extends beyond this life and into the next.

    Bringing peace about the afterlife, a Christianity without hell would free Christians to fully embrace this life, to heed Christ’s commandment to in this life love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

    In short, a Christianity without hell would be a fearless, trusting, loving, divinely inspired source of good in the world.

    And this Christianity would be more biblical—would be truer to not just the words but the very spirit of Christianity—than any Christianity that posits the reality of hell.

    I want that Christianity. I insist upon that Christianity.

    Tell me I’m not alone.

  • “No sight so sad as that of a naughty child,” he began, “especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?”“They go to hell,” was my ready and orthodox answer.“And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”“A pit full of fire.”“And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”

    “No, sir.”

    “What must you do to avoid it?”

    I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: “I must keep in good health and not die.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

     

  • “So this is hell. I’d never have believed it. You remember all we were told about the torture-chambers, the fire and brimstone, the “burning marl.” Old wives’ tales! There’s no need for red-hot pokers. Hell is—other people!”
    Jean-Paul Sartre, No Exit

 

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