* Bob and Jo Scott discuss Time Magazine's Story, What If There's No Hell? Pastor Bob disputes Pastor Rob Bell's book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. Hell exists because God made us with the ability to love, and that requires the ability to hate. For love must be freely given. How do we know this? By definition, obedience must be freely given. Likewise, God commands men to love, and if they are to obey, they must do so freely.
* Disproving Universal Reconciliation: Hell must be forever because love is free. Universal reconciliation is a contradiction for only free-will beings could have a need for reconciliation, and free will beings cannot be forced to love. Alternatively, God does have the authority, of course, to simply allow everyone into heaven. Yet as they do now, many are likely even to refuse that invitation. So, He could force them in. But that would backfire even more so than simply allowing everyone in. For either way, God would merely turn Heaven into Hell. For Hell is simply the name of the place where people who hate God live forever. He would have unleashed onto the Redeemed in heaven the "hell on earth" under which so many already suffer. Further, God could replace St. Peter's gate with a revolving door. But then the rebellion, pride, hatred, cruelty and selfishness that has spoiled the paradise of Eden would forever spoil the heavenly paradise. As Southern Baptist seminary president Albert Mohler said, if Bell were right, then "you don't need Christ, and you don't need the cross. This is the tragedy of nonjudgmental mainline liberalism..."
* Disproving Annihilation: To avoid the infinite suffering of the cross, if expunging human beings were an option, God could have annihilated every human being the moment they sinned. The Father's love for the Son is immeasurable. And as expected, that tells explains much. The deity of Christ and eternal punishment are related doctrines. Cults that reject that Jesus is God also tend to reject the eternality of hell. If the just punishment of sin is not an eternal punishing, then God wouldn't have had to sacrifice His eternal Son to pay for Man's sin. Rather, He could have created something of sufficient worth to pay the price. And thereby He could have avoided sacrificing His infinitely worthy Son. Christ's prayer in Gethsemane did not move the Father to provide an alternative resolution for the problem of sin. That means that there is no other conceivable resolution. Jesus prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." Therefore, we can be sure that there was no other way to pay for the sins of men. Expunging them was no option. Rather, because the demands of righteousness required a full payment for sin, the penalty for sin could not be a finite prison term followed by mere annihilation. For if so, then Jesus Christ would not have had to pay with His life. And check out also Bob Enyart's related article on Should Christians Judge? and his Nicer than God Bible seminar below!
* Speaking of the Lost Going to Hell, Jo Contrasts that with a Story of Life and a Baby Saved Today: This little one was scheduled to be dismembered by Planned Parenthood today, April 26, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. A young man driving into the abortion mill's parking lot stopped at the driveway and took literature from sidewalk counselor Ken Scott. He had the literature in his hand as he got out of his car. Jo Scott told him to put it in his pocket because the security guard would try to take it away from him. As the man was putting it into his pocket, security guard Ron Pringle told him that he was not allowed to take the literature into the building. The Planned Parenthood patron ignored him and entered the building anyway. Whenever this circumstance occurs, former Denver police officer Pringle becomes extremely vulgar and agitated. So today Planned Parenthood called the police on their own client and six squad cars sped to the scene to arrest the young man. As the three ring circus played out, two young women walked out of the Planned Parenthood parking lot and asked the pro-lifers about the help that they had offered. Laura was desperate; her husband is out of work and she had no idea that anyone would help her. When she realized that she is not alone and that help is available she decided not to kill her child. The women in the studio audience were tearing up as Jo described Laura's tears of joy! The police told the young man with the literature still in his pocket that Planned Parenthood decided not to press charges and he was released. And he was pleased to hear that he played a part in saving a child's life, for without all that distraction, the security guard would have kept Laura away from Jo Scott! Thanks Jo, thanks Laura, and thank you Lord!
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