It’s been a while since I posted. I still do not hold to Universal Reconcilliation but I hope desparately for it and I pray for it. I don’t know what it is but recently, I have felt a growing frustration with the attitudes of some believers towards the concept of Eternal Conscious Torment. I was watching a video reviewing the Zondervan Four Views of hell and one of the guys reviewing the boook concluded that he felt Denny Burke had the strongest argued position and that the burden of proof lay with the Annihilationists and the Universalists. They then went straight on to talk about one of them owing Denny a pizza and him being a great skate boarder and then joking about what his view of heaven would be like. I feel like if you really believe in ECT Hell as the eternal destiny of some or most of Humanity, why would you be so flippant?
My mother was abused as a child by one of her parents’ friends and I was discussing this with someone who is not a Christian and they said that he was going to hell. I felt so uncomfortable at the notion of this man burning in hell. For all the pain that he caused my mother, and the subsequent pain that was generated because of what he did, I still cannot bring myself to consign him to Eternal Conscious Torment.
I don’t think infernalists are callous. Some of the most loving people I know believe at least that hell is an eternal conscious separation from God, but some things that I have been reading/watching from some infernalists really upset me deeply because I feel like we should be heartbroken that people do not know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. We should be like Paul or Moses or any of those who were willing to sacrifice their own salvation for those were lost.
I don’t really have a question, I’ve just felt really plagued by this and just found it really difficult.