Should Christians dislike the doctrine of hell?

Some wise counsel from Kevin DeYoung:

“It’s never safe to dislike the truths God has revealed. We should actually like what the Bible teaches. We may struggle to get there–we may not immediately resonate with the hard parts of the Bible–but the goal is to get to the place where we can. The law of the Lord should be our delight. We should tremble under the word of God, not begrudgingly accept it. Hell is a hard doctrine to embrace, but God sends people to hell for his glory…”

“…God is good and his ways are always right. It is a measure of our maturity that we not only affirm the truth of God’s word but rest in the goodness and rightness of it. Christians should have anguish in heart at the thought of eternal suffering, but we should also see the glory of God in the Bible’s teaching on eternal punishment.”

Read the whole thing here.

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  1. Kevin Benton
    Kevin Benton says:

    My name is Kevin Benton, author of A Field Trip to Hell: Experience the 30 torments of Hell Without Having to Stay for Eternity. As a Theologian and one who is very knowledgable about the doctrine of Hell, (I’ll be the first to admit that I do not know it all) I do not think that we should “dislike” the doctrine of Hell because it is a hard reality of the Word of God dispite what our perspective is. However, it should motivate us to try it lovingly witness to people in connection to fulfilling the “Great Commission.” I am totally against threatening people with Hell even though there seems to be no good way to package it because of what it entails but it should move us to lovingly share our faith. Christians should not desire that anyone should perish just as God does not (2Peter 3:9). 

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