living in my 2×2 cell of private hell
days spent listening for freedom’s bell
i loved you with my broken heart
your love just fractured it farther apart
Milton’s claim about “Rhime being no necessary Adjunct or true Ornament of Poem or good Verse” is conclusively disproved.
Reformedstudies sees Hell as a real threat:
When was the last time you shared your faith with an unbeliever?
Approximately 150,000 – 200,000 people die every day, and most of them are perishing into a hopeless, Christless eternity. There are two great tragedies in this: first, these people have wasted their lives and will spend eternity separated from the only source of everlasting joy. Second, and most importantly, these are people who owed worship and allegiance to Almighty God, and who instead of honoring their Creator as He deserves, they spent their time worshiping lesser things.
Do you care? If you claim to care, do your actions back up that claim?
My point of agreement with him is that following Christ must involve making our lives in this world better. My disagreement is about “Satan the god of this world”- I see little pure evil; most people are doing our best under difficult circumstances, and evil acts come from damage not wickedness.
And in the trenches of this [spiritual] war, if I had to choose between standing beside a doctrinally-confused Arminian who is willing to preach the Gospel, or a fellow Calvinist who thinks it’s not his job to share Christ crucified, I’d take the Arminian any day of the week. My Christianity is further from his than the Arminian’s.
Clay was born again. I was born again on 14 February 1999- in the John 3:3 sense, but not necessarily the Born Again sense- but Clay has a time, 10am. Having rejected God’s offer of salvation over and over during my 52 years – an offer I was well-versed in, as I grew up hearing the gospel preached time and again – I was without hope and bound to spend eternity that way. And, as I believe in a literal hell as described in the Bible, that’s where my rejection would have landed me. Now, Clay is headed for Heaven, which is like:
think of the greatest thing that could ever happen to you – winning the world’s biggest lottery; …– and multiply it by the largest number you can think of.
Clay’s Christianity has much in common with my own. He has peace, purpose and blessing in his life, now. The fundamental difference is what happens to the non-Christians.
I debated with Andrew about Hell. Huffington Post had six things Christians should stop saying including “Jesus is the only way to Heaven”. Andrew disagrees: what he says instead is “Christological claims to exclusivity for salvation” is an “essential doctrine”. Perhaps he thinks we should use longer words. I tried to get him to admit that most of those 150,000 a day would be going to Hell, if that were true, and he refused to say that. Possibly God would save infants and the mentally disabled, but capax adults had only Christ, which is tough on the Buddhists. “I can do nothing but speak the truth” says Andrew, but he avoids the H-word almost completely. “I don’t take the doctrine of Hell lightly.” I find Reformedstudies more honest.
Oh, and here is a site with “science” in its address, on Hell.