"]It is so hard to make sense of Hell: how can we rejoice in Heaven when
our loved ones are suffering in Hell?
What if God’s final day of judgment truly changes the reality of
things: when God withdraws his mercy, it is less possible for us to
think or feel meaningfully about mercy?
And what if, when God withdraws that forbearance and decrees that
enough is enough, it is actually not possible to think or feel these
same thoughts and feelings?
Arrrgh, I’ve lent both my copies of “The Inescapable Love of God” to friends, Talbott is brilliant in this area!! Please feel free to read his post in full and comment, particularly if you can think of some good Bible verses to rebut this awful idea.
Where does he get this view from that God withdraws his mercy at the day of judgement? It seems very unbiblical to me. And why is he so afraid of honest questions and different points of view? Perhaps he suspects that his doctrine of hell is not sufficiently robust to stand scrutiny or debate. I would respectfully point him in the direction of Gamaliel’s advice in Acts 5. I’d also say that a healthy church has room for different viewpoints and is a safe place for honest debate between people with different perspectives. Hang in there buddy.