Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Heaven and Hell

As a Christian and a minister, I don't spend too much time talking and teaching about Hell.  I'm not alone.  Some people don't dwell on it too much because they don't like to subject too much.  Others shy away from it because it has a tendency to repel people.  Still other pastors preach on nothing else.  Neither extreme is good.

Personally, I don't spend much time on Hell because I'm not particularly fond of the subject and it bores me.  There is a lot of debate amongst different Christian beliefs as to which (if any) of the Bible's descriptions of Hell are metaphoric and figurative instead of literal.  Really, I think it's a useless debate.  God's not in Hell.  That's all I need to know.

On the flip side, there are more pastors that preach about Heaven than Hell.  It helps people feel good.  And in this day and age it's usually either don't step on any toes, or do nothing but smash metatarsals and phalanges with the heel of your boot.  Hearing lots about heaven usually makes people feel good.  It can be a pleasant respite from the daily problems we face.  The problem arises when the focus on heaven distracts us from what God has in store for us here on Earth.  Aside from the obvious mention of Heaven regarding salvation, I don't think Heaven should be heavily preached and taught upon.  God's in Heaven.  That's all I need to know.

Why spend so much time teaching on Heaven and Hell?  God is in Heaven, not Hell.  That's all we really need to know.

What do you think?  Let me know if you think I'm off or not.  As always, all comments are appreciated.

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