Monday, November 2, 2009

How Willingly Do People Go to Hell?

Here is a very interesting post from John Piper on C.S. Lewis take on hell:

"C.S. Lewis is one of the top 5 dead people who have shaped the way I see and respond to the world. But he is not a reliable guide on a number of important theological matters. Hell is one of them. His stress is relentlessly that people are not 'sent' to hell but become their own hell. His emphasis is that we should think of 'a bad man’s perdition not as a sentence imposed on him but as the mere fact of being what he is.' (For all the relevant quotes, see Martindale and Root, The Quotable Lewis, 288-295.)

This inclines him to say, 'All that are in hell choose it.' And this leads some who follow Lewis in this emphasis to say things like, “All God does in the end with people is give them what they most want.”

I come from the words of Jesus to this way of talking and find myself in a different world of discourse and sentiment. I think it is misleading to say that hell is giving people what they most want. I’m not saying you can’t find a meaning for that statement that’s true, perhaps in Romans 1:24-28. I’m saying that it’s not a meaning that most people would give to it in light of what hell really is. I’m saying that the way Lewis deals with hell and the way Jesus deals with it are very different. And we would do well to follow Jesus..."

To read the rest of the article click here.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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