Some time back I did a post I called “Why I don’t believe in hell.” In the very first sentence I confess that the title is just an attention grabber and that I’m actually posting to highlight the absolute importance of placing one’s faith in Jesus Christ to be saved. We aren’t saved by believing all the right things (including believing (as I do) that there is a hell) – but are, instead, saved by placing our faith in the right Person!
That post has received a lot of nice comments. A few folks had a hard time getting past the subject line and wanted to be sure that I was on “their side” in the “hell debate” (even though I quoted directly from our church Manual) but by and large the exchanges have been positive and friendly. I’ve accepted all those to be published as comments on the post.
However, every month or so I get a response intended to prove to me that hell exists or which accuses me of abandoning the faith. Obviously, that person either didn’t read the article or didn’t understand what they read. Those comments never see the light of day.
Simply stated, that’s not how Christians interact with one another. We don’t ignore what people say so we can score points for Jesus. We don’t accuse people of things without taking time to hear them out.
The Lord doesn’t commission Bible toten’ gun slingers to ride the range gunning down outlaws. Now, I know that some nice people simply lack the tools to think through some issues and I know that others operate so far beyond me that they see flaws in my opinions that have escaped me. The best I am able I want to be charitable to the first group. At the same time, I hope the second group will do the same for me.
My suggestion to some who scan the Internet for people who need to be “gunned down” is that you at least take time to read what is said before you commence firing.