Responses to Jesus, Law, and Hell

The Old Fool has had some responses to his post about Jesus, Law, and Hell and his article in The Mennonite on Why Did Jesus Say so much about Hell.  The OF acknowledges that truth is absolute, but confesses that he knows nothing absolutely.  He can only speculate and make assumptions about the truth and the future.  

The first person to respond shared his own understanding of the fate of sinners.  Sinners choose to go away from God and are finally thrust into a black hole.  The OF likes that concept. It makes much more sense to the OF than eternal torture in the fires of Gehenna.

The second person felt that the OF had neglected the paradoxes (condradictions) inherent in the nature of God.  A perfect God, he said, must be allowed to be a God of love who wants no one to perish, and also be a God of wrath who commanded his people to engage in genocide.

The OF’s thought is that a perfect God with unlimited attributes must have the power and the right to love everyone on the earth, above the earth, and under the earth so effectively that with free wills they choose to bow the knee and pledge love and loyalty to God forever.  

The OF writes to disturb those who think they know but don’t know, and to comfort those who know they don’t know and are disturbed because of their lack of certain knowledge.  Amen!


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to Responses to Jesus, Law, and Hell

  1. Eldon says:

    Oh! that we would all have the wisdom to disturb those who think they know and to comfort those who know they don’t know and are disturbed. That sounds very much like Jesus’ preaching and actions!

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