There’s a new Everything’s on the Table podcast up. Moses and I take a look at the topic of Hell! The conversation is going to get heated. Look out.
Hell is simply wanting to be oneself apart from God’s grace and in isolation from others. Hell is that self-chosen condition in which, in opposition to God’s agapic love and the call to a life of mutual friendship with service, individuals barricade themselves from others. It is the hellish weariness and boredom of a life focused entirely on itself. Hell is not an arbitrary divine punishment at the end of history. It is not the final retaliation of a vindictive deity. Hell is self-destructive resistance to the eternal love of God. It symbolizes the truth that the meaning and intention of life can be missed. Repentance is urgent. Our choices and actions are important. God ever seeks to lead us our of our hell of self-glorification and lovelessness, but neither in time nor in eternity is God’s love coercive. (pg. 347, Faith Seeking Understanding, Migliore)
I came across this quote about hell and it really struck me. For me this says more about God’s love than about hell. God’s love can not be overpowered by anything and at the same time, God’s love is not coercive. In a lesser sense, I will let my own children fail if they don’t want help, because I love them so much. I don’t know if that makes sense to you, but it does to me.
What are you thoughts about this quote on hell and God’s love?