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An Overview of Hell — And How (Not) to Talk About It

February 23rd, 2009 · Posted by Hugo · 5 Comments

Real Live Preacher’s series of video clips on Hell, this is for Christians, who want to know/understand what the Bible teaches on Hell. The first clip is an introduction to the series, what to expect, some background on where the series came from, 6 minutes —

The second is sharing “Just data, no judgement calls, just laying out what the New Testament has to say about this place called Hell”. He created a spreadsheet (pdf) which contains the summary. 11 minutes —

These clips are best watched some time apart. They were originally published on the 9th, 20th, 23rd and 27th of October 2008. That would provide you with some time for thinking/reflecting/discussing. Follow the links to see the discussions on RLP’s blog.

In the third he shares his interpretation/understanding of these passages. He picks apart the classical evangelical understanding of hell, and ponders whether that understanding has much backing in the Bible. 8 minutes —

The fourth, he suggests we’ve approached the question of hell in completely the wrong way, and suggests another way of approaching the subject. 9 minutes —

I love the fourth clip, about relationship, about how are you going to treat the Buddhist family next door?

I say it’s time to model ourselves after what Jesus and the friends of Jesus did. So that’s my final conclusion here. Don’t even ask the question who’s going to hell. Just read the New Testament and ask the question how should I treat people who are not like me?

It contains some wonderful examples of what Jesus taught in a number of places, and more specifically, what he didn’t teach.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hugo // Feb 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Everyone except the person in question in the italics section below: do skip this comment of mine, I’d love to have a conversation about what you feel inspired to comment on. I specifically don’t want all the conversations’ direction to be dictated by the presence of only one or two people. Still, I feel like writing this bit in preparation:

    Amanda, you’re going to like some of this thing’s contents. In particular, you’re going to want to quote some of these verses at emergents, and send them to hell with them. Of course, the opposite also happens: emergents believe they’re living as close to the gospel as they possibly can (did you know the early Christians called themselves “people of The Way”?), and that those that are not living out love and compassion are the ones referred to in the verses in question.

    Me? I’m not attending a church anymore, though I try to listen to sermons I download. So regardless of who the hypocrites are, I’m not “infiltrating” anything… Of course, you’re still welcome to send me to hell with the verses I’m referring to, I don’t mind: it should be quite clear from previous posts that I lack any inkling of fear about that whole concept.

  • 2 Ben-Jammin' // Feb 25, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Is there any point to a non-Christian viewing these?

  • 3 Hugo // Feb 25, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Good question. And no, I don’t think so. You have no dog in this fight. Anyone lacking an unhealthy curiosity about such dog fights wanting to see blow-by-blow (bite-by-bite) details of such fights, will probably find it to be a waste of their time.

    Bleh, played that metaphor too much, but it refers to a letter mentioned in the first vid. (Some guy wrote in with “here’s my thoughts, though I don’t have a dog in this fight, I’m not a Christian.)

  • 4 Wat is Liefde? – Deel 1 « Waak en Bid // Feb 26, 2009 at 9:07 am

    […] nie ‘n duit om of hulle medemens hel toe gaan al dan nie omdat daar vir hulle geleer word dat die hel ‘n mite is, of dat die hemel en hel hier op aarde is en dit hang maar van jouself af hoedanig jy dit vir […]

  • 5 Hugo // Mar 5, 2009 at 2:03 am

    I haven’t exactly picked up much comments here yet. But it should be good for future reference and encouraging people to think about their views and share them as well. As always, I’d be keen on encouraging the sharing of some diverse views on what hell is or isn’t, and why people believe it, but it’d be a bit tough to get a friendly discussion going about this: too many of us here are just too keen on relying on solid evidence, hence lacking any belief in, or any care about, any sort of afterlife.

    So it is probably best to come back to this later, when we’ve got more interesting diversity in the commenter-population, with friendly communication styles (NB!!)

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