Category Archives: Hell

Why I might still believe in hell (sort of)

Or to give it a more accurate but less snappy title, Why I might still very reluctantly just about believe in some qualified form of what we might call ‘hell’, though nothing like the traditional fiery version. Recently I talked … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday: the day God went to hell

Whatever hell is and wherever it might be, and whatever kind of reality it has, it’s the one place God isn’t and can’t be, right? I’ve said so myself before. Hell is the mind or soul of a human locked … Continue reading

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On shutting out the light

I am the great sun, but you do not see me, I am your husband, but you turn away… (Charles Causley) Last time I was asking how we’d respond if the worst were to happen. Would we hate God forever? … Continue reading

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What to make of The Teenage Exorcists?

I don’t know if any of you caught the recent BBC documentary on ‘The Teenage Exorcists’ – three all-American girls who, under the mentoring of Pastor Bob Larson (father of one of the three), have a dramatic deliverance ministry. If … Continue reading

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Spiritual warfare – moving beyond demons in the closet

I said recently that nowadays I tend to steer well clear of anything to do with spiritual warfare. Back in my more charismatic days, 15 or so years ago, I was taught that we were all engaged in an on-going … Continue reading

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Final thoughts on final things

Hell as love’s absence or abuse Last time I looked at the hell of self, of utter social isolation or madness. We are fundamentally social beings; even the most introverted cannot survive entirely without human company. Paradoxically, deprived of others … Continue reading

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Hell as unreality and unrelationship

The two views of hell that make most sense to me are that it is unreality and unrelationship. Rather than a spatial location, a place of divinely-imposed torment, I’d suggest that hell is an existential state – the internal condition … Continue reading

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Does anyone deserve hell?

When Osama bin Laden was killed, a man whose wife died in the 9/11 attacks expressed gladness that the person responsible for her murder was now suffering in hell for eternity. At the time I was horrified by this sentiment; … Continue reading

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Hope in Hell (is hell eternal, hopeless and punitive?)

I’m sure you’ve all seen those amusing cuttings from church bulletins, like ‘What is Hell like? Come and hear our new organ’. One thing I’m fairly sure hell isn’t like is the classic view held by most evangelicals (and many others). … Continue reading

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