The Abyss of Hell
By: Sandro Botticelli
Status: Public Domain in the USA*

Hell seems to be a hot topic this year. Sorry I couldn’t resist. If one minimizes hell it can minimize the impact of our sin to our relationship with God and the necessity for Christ’s redeeming work on the cross. When we dig deeper into what hell is our view of it affects our understanding of the role of the high priest, the need for salvation, the idea of faith, and the urgency for spreading the Gospel. All these things can also be achieved by over emphasizing its role over the work of Christ. You better be careful with your view of hell or you can find yourself in hot water. Ok I’ll stop, here is a quote from the Explicit Gospel  with Matthew 18 as the preface:

 
So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
Matthew 18.8-9
 

With these words of Jesus in mind, I can now know that it is better never to hold my children, it is better never to run my fingers through my wife’s hair, it is better not to be able to brush my own teeth, it is better never to be able to drive a car, it is better to be paralyzed and never feel anything from the neck down, and it is better to have stage III anaplastic oligodendroglioma [a form of brain cancer which Matt Chandler survived] than to find myself outside the kingdom of God.

The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler, Page 46

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