My friend Jonny Scaramanga posted There is Definitely No Such Thing as Hell on his blog Leaving Fundamentalism. It is a good article, and he particularly got my attention with his comparison of a loving God to a loving parent.
I would like anyone who defends the idea of hell to tell me their response to this scenario:
You know a child who is a little scumbag. They are deliberately evil at every opportunity. At five years old, they deliberately bite their sibling on the nose, causing permanent scarring. They scream whenever they are told to do anything. They knock over bookshelves because they think it’s funny. They write their name on car doors. With keys. They mutilate animals for fun.
The child’s mother warns them that if this continues, she will hold the child’s face on a hot stove for five minutes. The child ignores repeated warnings over a space of several months. Eventually, as the child had been told she would, the mother takes the child and forces their head onto the stove. The child screams in agony but the mother does not loosen her grip.
What do you think of this mother’s actions?
What is your response to Jonny’s scenario?
You may wish to read his entire article; I recommend it.