Q&A: Does an Eternal Conscious Hell Impugn God’s Character?

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“To say that life eternal shall be endless, but that punishment eternal shall come to an end is the height of absurdity.” – Saint Augustine

Does the teaching of an eternal, conscious, dare I say burning hell impugn God’s nature and his character? Many of my readers affirm that this teaching (eternal hell) indeed portrays God as some sort of Demiurge… but does it?

How we view this teaching on eternal judgment is very important…

Jesus died to save us from eternal judgment so we better look carefully at what he has to say about this…

Reader Brad marvels how many within the body of Christ could hold to such a position with a good conscience… he asserts that there are two different God’s in view – and I agree.

In this new Q&A series I will be busting out some new screencasting software so bare with me…

“In an uncomfortably poignant and penetrating way, the doctrine of eternal hell confronts our loyalty, reveals our true authority, and demands that we set aside what seems reasonable to us and trust in the righteous judgment of a holy God. When we embrace the hard doctrines of the Bible, it becomes one of the most significant evidences of true, God-given faith.” – Anon

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3 thoughts on “Q&A: Does an Eternal Conscious Hell Impugn God’s Character?

  1. Aaron. Man. I know you’re commenting off the cuff in your response above but what you said about “what’s the loss?” when referring to God the Father ultimately having to blot out someone’s soul who knowingly rejects Him and His son Jesus Christ?It’s an infinite decision that blots out someone’s soul who could have lived on eternally with God(what could be worse?) You really don’t understand what you just said there in your commentary. When you weigh the unspeakable joy of living eternally with God the Father and Jesus(and whatever that is really going to be like) versus a person’s life ending eternally,you would not have said that.No problem.God has just not revealed the magnitude of what eternal life is really going to be like to you. I was a believer for over 20 years before the concept of His eternal plan for us really became clear. That’s probably not going to sway your belief in the eternal punishing doctrine but it does clarify why you may not be able to see what I have been saying. Cheers. Brad

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