Each Wednesday I’m looking at what I posted exactly one year before – I obviously didn’t check before I decided to do this to make sure I wasn’t going to stumble across something, erm, like this…
Did you know that people receive punishment in hell according to their bad works on earth? I’d always sort of assumed that all Christians are treated the same in eternity, and all non-Christians are treated the same in eternity. Not true. Randy Alcorn explains for us:
Because God is fair, hell won’t be the same for everyone. The severity of punishment will vary with the degree of truth known and the nature and number of sins committed.
And there are even a couple of Bible passages, with my own emphasis added:
Then [Jesus] began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.” (Matthew 11:20-24)
And in the hearing of all the people [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” (Luke 20:45-47)
Fair enough? I’m glad we had this little talk.
Note: I’ve edited this for today’s post, but you can still see the original here.
- Does a loving God send people Hell just because they don’t accept Jesus? (winteryknight.wordpress.com)