Are Christians afraid to discuss or think about Hell?

I suspect that the thought of eternal damnation is the psychological 'elephant in the room' for Christians. In my travels and discussions, Christians seem to be at their most evasive when questioned about Chez Lucifer, and they seem to never raise the subject.

They never discuss Hell, and I suspect the thought is really too traumatic for them to even entertain.

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Comment by Loren Miller on Friday

"Thetanic Verses" ... now THAT's a good one to remember if the El-Ronners ever show up around here!

Comment by Luara on Friday

I heard of a good retort to that:  "Maybe we're both going to the Muslim hell?"

Religious people find it easier to relate to people who believe in other religions, than to nonbelievers. So gently pointing out to a Christian that according to Islam etc. they are eternally damned, nudges them to get out of an unthinking Christian-centric perspective.

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on Friday

Loren:

Or worse ... the Scientologist hell! [do they actually HAVE a hell?!?]

Scientologists are pretty touchy, aren't they? I don't know who said it first, but someone coined the clever turn of phrase "Thetanic Verses." Made me laugh. Still does :)

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on Friday

Luara

I heard of a good retort to that:  "Maybe we're both going to the Muslim hell?"

 

Right? Awesome thought!

Comment by Freethinker31 on July 14, 2014 at 5:50pm

It is amazing how educated  people believe  that they have souls which  will live on  forever...not to mention  that they  will reunite  with all their  loved ones  in heaven....I must admit it does  sound nice  but  lets be real !!!!!!    It is also  a shame that some can give themselves GERD worrying about the possibility  of spending  all eternity in Hell with Satan himself...Atheists  on the other hand know  we return  to the earth as food and nourish  the next cycle  of life...The End.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 14, 2014 at 2:26pm

Future, did you ever notice that everyone talking about going to heaven cannot tell you just what or where it is? If you haven't got a clue about this place, why would you want to go there? The answer could only be that they know this to be the home of god, and they want to go where god is. I know where god is. He is in the imagination.

Comment by Future on July 14, 2014 at 1:15pm
If you go to heaven, you're there for eternity ... not 100 years, not 10,000 years, not 40 billion years - ETERNITY!!! Tell me that is any better a fate than hell. Both concepts are idiotic.
Comment by Michael Penn on July 14, 2014 at 10:15am

In my church days they preached about hell and even talked about it often. Luke 16 was where they got the info about Lazarus and the rich man. Hell is apparently so unbelievably hot that the rich man wants Lazarus to dip his finger in water and put a drop on the rich man's tongue to cool the flames. Most of us know that if the situation was true the water would long before evaporate. Just that drop on Lazarus' finger. We also know that this action would do nothing to calm a hot flame. The gullible fundies still argue that this was a true event, and not a parable.

Most teens of those days were scared shitless when they preached this or discussed it. Certainly you don't want to go to hell, everyone said. Hell was just not a joking matter.

Enter the modern apologist of today to explain it all for you. Yes, the events there in Luke 16 were true events. It seemed impossible, but the fire being talked about in hell is not fire as we know it today. It is a special fire that burns deeper than any fire before, but it does not consume, etc. La la. La la. La la.

Jesus Christ! Can anyone save me from these godawful people? Anyone. Just anyone at all. Let's take a vacation or something. Anything. Just get me away from these horrible, ignorant, stupid people!

Comment by Luara on July 14, 2014 at 10:07am

Or worse ... the Scientologist hell!

I shudder to think.  I like that retort "maybe we're both going to <some other religion's> hell" because it's a Socratic intervention.  It aims to get the person to question, to open their mind to other possibilities - that in the view of people in other religions, the Christians are going to hell!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 14, 2014 at 9:58am

Or worse ... the Scientologist hell! [do they actually HAVE a hell?!?]

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