Archive for the ‘misconceptions about hell’ Category

Bell’s Hell

April 29, 2011

So why do I say Bell is a universalist if he believes in hell? Because he does not believe hell lasts forever. It is a temporary “period of pruning” and “an intense experience of correction” (91). Bell’s hell is like purgatory except his “period of pruning” is for anyone, not just for Christians who die in a state of grace as Catholicism teaches. For Bell, this life is about getting ourselves fitted for the good life to come. Some of us die ready to experience God’s love. Others need more time to sort things out. Luckily, in Bell’s scheme, there is always more time. “No one can resist God’s pursuit forever because God’s love will eventually melt even the hardest hearts” (108).

Kevin DeYoung, God Is Still Holy and What You Learned in Sunday School Is Still True: A Review of “Love Wins”

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Offering pardon for future sins

September 13, 2009

The pope needed funds to rebuild St. Peter’s Chuch in Rome. So he authorised a preacher named Tetzel to see ‘indulences’ throughout Germany. Tetzel said, ‘No sooner do the coins clink in the money chest than the souls of a loved one flies out of purgatory.’ ( Luther, Works of Martin Luther, The Philadelphia Edition, trans. C. M. Jacobs, vol. 1: Letter to the Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1982), p. 26.)

One day a young man asked Tetzel if the purchase of an indulgence could obtain pardon for any sin.  “Absolutely!” responded Tetzel.  “What if the sin hasn’t yet been committed, but is being contemplated by a person?” the man asked.  “It makes no difference,” Tetzel assured him.  “No sin is too great.”  With that, the young man eagerly purchased the indulgence.  After Tetzel had completed his rather lucrative session in that village, he packed up his wares and journeyed toward the next town.  On the way, he was confronted by a band of thieves who robbed him of all he had, including the money from that day’s sale of indulgences.  The grinning leader of the thieves was none other than the young man who had purchased an indulgence that afternoon in contemplation of a future sin – robbery.

David W. Bercot, Will The Real Heretics Please Stand Up, 3rd ed., Scroll Publishing Company, Tyler, TX, 1999, p. 144.

Hell – Misconceptions

August 26, 2009

I desire to go to hell and not to heaven. In the former place I shall have the company of Popes, Kings and Princes, while in the latter are only beggars, monks and apostles.

Niccolo Machiavelli, political philosopher and Florentine diplomat, died 1527 and went to h…

Many have misconceptions about hell and heaven. Hell will not be a place where anyone enjoys anyone else’s company. It is a place of regret.

…In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Jesus, Mt.25.30)