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14 Nov Is HELL REAL or an Invention of the Church?

 

Throughout the years, many people have asked me if I still believe in “hell”.

 

Does hell exist?
Is it eternal?
Temporary?

 

Or is hell simply a fear-based invention of the church used to control people using fear?

 

In this video, I discuss some of the most common ideas about this “hot topic.”

 

Enjoy!

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:
So You Thought You Knew by Joshua Tongol
Her Gates Will Never Be Shut by Brad Jersak
Love Wins by Rob Bell
Raising Hell by Julie Ferwerda
Raizing Hell by Sharon Baker
The Evangelical Universalist by Robin Parry (aka Gregory MacDonald)

 

RECOMMENDED FILM:

Hellbound? by Kevin Miller

 

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07 Dec Sharon Baker: Hell Revisited (Razing Hell, Executing God) The Flipside Podcast #014

Sharon Baker The Flipside

 

 

The idea of hell has haunted millions of people all over the world, and continues to do so.

 

But … what if the fiery image of an eternal torture chamber, which many religious people have been taught, isn’t true?

 

In this episode, I interview Sharon Baker. She’s an associate professor of theology and religion, and has written numerous articles on hell and nonviolent atonement. Sharon is the author of Razing Hell and Executing God. 

 

IN THIS EPISODE, SHARON ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• When was the first time you found out you were going to hell?
• Is the idea of hell found in the Bible?
• Did any formal doctrine of hell exist in the early church?
• Where does the imagery of hell (fire, torture, screaming) come from? Did it develop over time?
• What does “fire” symbolize in the Bible?
• Doesn’t the Bible clearly teach ETERNAL punishment?
• Doesn’t the word “eternal” mean forever?
• Didn’t Jesus talk about hell more than heaven?
• Can there be a connection between a person’s understanding of the cross with hell?
• Did Jesus die to save people from hell?
• Why do so many Christians want to believe in hell?
• What does a person’s belief in eternal hell say about the kind of God they believe in?
• What about people like Hitler and Osama Bin Laden? Don’t they “deserve” an eternal hell?
• Can you go through some of the problems (“troubles”) surrounding the traditional view of hell?
• Does an eternal hell really solve the problem of evil?
• Respond to this: “God is love, but don’t forget that he’s also a God of wrath.”
• Respond to this: “God can send anyone to hell because everything God does is just and loving.”
• Respond to this: “It doesn’t matter how small your “sin” is, it’s who (God) you’re sinning against.”
• Respond to this: “God sends nobody to hell. People send themselves there.”
• What about the verse, “It’s appointed for a person to die once and then face judgment”?
• Doesn’t God allow people to suffer in hell so he won’t violate their free will?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

Razing Hell book
Executing God book
Sharon on Facebook

 

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(Image Description: Razing Hell book cover & Sharon Baker)

 

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20 Sep Kevin Miller: Hellbound? (Does Hell Exist? If So, Who Ends Up There, And Why?) | The Flipside Podcast #008

hellbound youtube

 

 

Does hell exist?

 

If so, how can a loving God allow millions of people to suffer in a place of eternal conscious torment?

 

In this episode, I interview award-winning screenwriter, director and producer, Kevin Miller. And we discuss his provocative, critically acclaimed documentary Hellbound? which, in Kevin’s words, “seeks to discover why we are so bound to the idea of hell and what our views on hell reveal about how we perceive God, justice, the Bible and, ultimately, ourselves.”

 

IN THIS EPISODE, KEVIN ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Why do so many loving Christians still believe in hell?

• When did you start questioning hell?

• I once heard you say that the “belief in hell creates hell.” What did you mean?

• Where does the imagery of hell (fire, darkness, torture) come from?

• If someone believes in the Christian God, does he or she have to believe in hell, too?

• Is hell part of the Christian message?

• What did the early church believe about hell?

• It’s often said that Jesus spoke more about hell than heaven. Is that true?

• Why are so many people afraid to question hell?

• Does it makes sense for God to give Hitler a free pass into heaven without any punishment?

• Is eternal conscious torment the only view of the afterlife for Christians to hold to?

• If there’s no eternal hell, then why the need for a savior?

• How did the writers of Scripture know with certainty what happens after we die?

• If there were no Bible, would people still believe in hell?

• If people really believe in hell, then why aren’t they sharing their faith 24/7 to save people from it?

• If we’re all trying to make sense of the world, does the idea of hell really make a good story?

• As you toured the film and did Q&A’s, what were some of the responses?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

hellboundthemovie.com

Her Gates Will Never Be Shut by Brad Jersak

Kevin’s Patheos Blog
Hellbound? Facebook Page
Hellbound? on Twitter

Please Support This Podcast by Making a Donation (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Hellbound? movie cover | Used with permission)

 

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