Hell is almost a non-concept in our culture anymore. It is like Atlantis or the land of Oz in most people’s thinking. People today seemingly are not phased by hell. In large measure, we have forgotten hell. Twice as many Americans believe in heaven as they do in hell.
Even in the church, hell is forgotten, ignored, or denied. When a large gathering of Christian leaders including some who were heads of major denominations were asked how many of them believed in hell, only one hand went up.
One professing Christian leader, N. T. Wright, believes in hell, but thinks there are no humans there.
Culturally hell has become a mere curse word. Culturally we tend to think that whoever is in hell is a victim. And since most people don’t believe in absolutes any longer but rather believe in the goodness of man, they can’t imagine a hell.
Theologically, many Christians have abandoned a view of God who will judge based on his power. Most prefer to think of God as a doting grandfather rather than the God of the Bible.
We have come to a point where many people don’t even think evil exists. In our culture of uncertainty, we lack the ability to comprehend moral evil.
And yet, Jesus spoke of judgment and hell more than about any other topic and more than half of his forty parables relate in some way to final judgment.
Just a quick survey of the NT shows us that hell is described in terms of a large rubbish dump or landfill, a prison, a place of darkness, a place of everlasting judgment where people will have total recall of their thoughts, words, and deeds while on earth, a place where there will be great weeping and gnashing of teeth, a location of consuming fire and where the presence of God reigns (2 Peter 2:4; Matthew 8:21; Mark 9:48; Matthew 8:12; Matthew 5:22; Revelation 14:10)
One more fact about hell: those who are sent there will remain there forever. There is no biblical support for the ideas of purgatory, annihilation, or reincarnation which would offer escape from hell. Those who are in hell live there forever (Matthew 25:41, 46). It is never-ending.
Hell has disappeared from our culture. But hell is still real.
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