Hell in a tolerant age – Examining traditionalist and postmodern view of Hell
If an area is rid of its predatory or undesirable animals, the balance of the environment may be so upset that the desirable plants and animals are lost. The nasty predator that was eliminated actually kept in balance the number of other animals and plants necessary to sustain the ecosystem. In the same way, when we play down “bad” or “harsh” doctrines within the Christian faith, we will find, to our shock, that we have gutted all our pleasant and comfortable beliefs as well.
The loss of doctrine of hell and judgment and the holiness of God does irreparable damage to our deepest comforts – our understanding of God’s grace and love and our human dignity and value to Him. To preach the good news, we must preach the bad.
But in this age of tolerance, how?
As we continue in our Jesus 365 series, we enter into the book of Nahum where we experience God’s judgment and wrath over the city of Nineveh. God had commanded the prophet Jonah to travel to Nineveh and warn the people of God’s coming wrath if they did not repent (Jonah 1:1-2; 3:1-2). In spite of Jonah’s efforts and hopes to the contrary, the people of Nineveh repented and God with his judgment (Jonah 3:10). Unfortunately, as the years of commitment faded, the people of Nineveh returned to their evil ways. Knowing the impact of Nineveh’s short-lived repentance, Nahum prophesied God’s coming judgment.
Let’s discuss the controversial topic of Hell and judgment. Together, we will learn that these disturbing doctrines actually amplify the attractive truths of the Gospel.