Hell is Disappearing
Last week I talked about the 3rd thing I hate about Christianity in my book. If you didn’t read it, it was Hell.
I found this new survey that reveals that Hell is disappearing, at least in the minds of people:
The Pew survey, significant for the breadth and depth made possible
by its unusually large 35,000-person sample, found that 74 percent of
Americans say they think there is a heaven, “where people who have led
good lives are eternally rewarded,” while just 59 percent think there
is a hell, “where people who have led bad lives, and die without being
sorry, are eternally punished.”
I guess more and more people hate the idea of it because less and less people say they believe in it.
Of course, I would like to forget all about Hell myself. That would be easier. But I can’t.
Jesus talked about Hell quite often. Most people don’t realize that. They just know the cute little baby Jesus wrapped in a blanket taking a nap in a feeding trough with cute little barn animals looking at him tenderly. Or they know the ‘buddie’ and ‘pal’ Jesus that sells jewelry and bookmarks.
But what about the Jesus that warned us about Hell? Is it a good idea to ignore that aspect of his message because it’s uncomfortable?
I guess you’ll have to read my book to find out more…