The Justice of Hell

If we say that Hell is unjust or extreme, then we prove that we care far too little about sin. If we care far too little about sin, then we care far too little about the cross. If we care far too little about the cross, we care far too little about God Himself.

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4 responses to “The Justice of Hell”

  1. Gunner says :

    Nate, I actually would say that hell is extreme, but in a different sense (and for different reasons) than what you’ve accurately highlighted here.

    If we say that hell is normal or shruggingly understandable, we may show that (1) we know and feel far too little about the horrors of hell and (2) we care far too little about the people who are going there.

    If hell is easily understandable to us, then God may also be so. Neither of these reflect well on us.

    We don’t just need people who have come to believe that hell is just. We need people who have come to believe, with trembling and tears and unbearable weight, that hell is horrifyingly just. I say this because I have observed that many who emphasize the justice of hell rarely feel its proper emotional weight. If hell is not extreme, then God’s glory is not extreme.

    God help me to see the truth and feel the weight of eternal punishment.

  2. Andrew says :

    Thanks for the sobering thought. It also reminds me of how the reality of hell is one of the greatest incentives for evangelism. As one chapel speaker pointed out last semester, the reason we have no passion for evangelism in our hearts is because we have no theology of hell in our minds.

  3. brooksnj says :

    Gunner, I completely agree with you. Hell is just. And the thought of hell overwhelms my ability to feel. Unspeakable and unimaginable terrors await those who reject offered grace.

    For the sake of clarification (which, looking at your comment I think we’re on the same page here), when I used “extreme” in this post I used it a “cruel and unusual punishment” sense. Hell is not cruel and unusual. However, the punishment meted out in hell is extreme. It’s above and beyond any human punishment ever conceived. A proper view of hell will combine both the intellectual justice and emotional terror and pity. God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, and neither should we.

  4. Jim Brooks says :

    There is a biblical tension regarding hell that is good to wrestle with. On one side is, as Nathan (sorry, cannot bring myself to call you “Nate”) states, God takes no pleasure in the wicked, and neither should we. Another aspect is whenever we see the saints in the book of Revelation observing God’s wrath being poured out on the wicked, there is nothing but praises and hallelujahs coming from their lips. There is no hand-wringing or expressions of horror at God’s justice being executed.

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