The comments on the last article I've written has gotten me to thinking about The Threat of Hell.
When I was a christian (please, just assume that I was for argument), I heard it preached from the pulpit that everybody in the world deserves to go to Hell. It was pounded into my head from the day I was born. I've read tons of literature that threatened the sinner with eternal punishment for minor things (like looking at a passing woman's butt). I've seen men and women in tears as they walked up to the altar out of fear of going to Hell.
My question to my Chriatian readers is simple. Is this threat necessary? Does it take the possibility of a horrible afterlife to keep a person on the straight and narrow? If a person repents and lives a holy life only out of fear of Hell, was that person a good person in the first place? Also, if God won't save a soul because that person did good just to avoid Hell, why use the threat at all?
I leave you with Jeff Dee's take on this. I think Dee is a little harsh with his caller. But, the way it looks now, I kind of agree with him.
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