Hell Fire theology
BARRY Toolan (The Herald, September 25) takes issue with me over my comments about Hell Fire theology.
So let me say at the start, that if Hell exists, it exists as a consequence of human behaviour and not as a punishment imposed by God.
A theme I intimated in my response to Gareth Jones, when I talked of "Reaping what you sow", and I would refer him to my analogy of warning my children about playing with fire. Had my children ignored my warning and got burnt, they would have had no one to blame but themselves. Getting burnt would have been the consequence of their disobedience, and nothing to do with me punishing them.
So allow me to clarify.
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Hell, if it exists, is a consequence of human misbehaviour, and what God in Christ has done, is to provide us all with a means of escape.
At Calvary, Christ took the rap for us all, but each and every one of us has to make a choice.
We have to accept God's way of escape, or suffer the consequence of our rejection of His remedy.
In other words we will reap what we have sown.
Now Mr Toolan if you and Gareth Jones, really believe men and women are going to an Eternal Hell, then I suggest you have a responsibility to spend every second of your days, warning folk of their appalling danger.
As I stated, it is estimated that some 160,000 people pass into eternity every day.
So given your belief, how dare you sit watching TV.
Such belief has to be proactive 24/7, 365 days a year.
Anything less and I feel justified in questioning your sincerity and belief.
I rest my case.
JOHN J JONES