It seems that the popular thing today is to question the existence of Hell and whether a loving God would ever send a person there. If you believe the Bible is God’s word, is true,and is meant to be understood in a normal human way, then you must believe in hell.
Below are several videos. The first, an advertisement for a book about hell. (I haven’t read the book so I’m not trying to promote it.) The next two videos may shock you. They show very popular and famous Christian leaders. Both of them essentially deny that Jesus is the only way to heaven. The final video is of a pastor who has recently become very popular in the emergent church movement. His name is Rob Bell and in promoting his book he essentially denies that God would send someone to hell! Watch and THINK!
Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20:14-15 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
First we have a video which upholds the Biblical teaching on Hell.
Next we have probably the most famous Evangelical leader in the last hundred years saying that you don’t need to know the name of Jesus to go to heaven.
Then we have one of the most influential leaders of today saying he is not sure that an atheist will go to hell!
Finally we have the recent video, which has caused quite a stir, of Rob Bell advancing heresy.
The question is, why would these Christian leaders who have claimed to believe the Bible and have, at least formerly, claimed to believe the Jesus is the way of Salvation, deny this Biblical truth?
I can’t answer for their internal motives, but I can think about it and suggest some possibilities for why this thinking is popular. It is probably different for each person, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they have been affected by the following thinking.
First, they may hope and wish that it were true that everyone goes to heaven. That is a nice thought. I get sick to my stomach thinking about the reality of Hell and people I know and love going there. But we can hope and wish all we want, we just can’t change the truth revealed by God.
Second, they may make such comments because they have been swept away by the spirit of our age which seeks to live and teach in such a way that no one is ever offended. We could call it pluralism – belief that multiple beliefs are true, or political correctness, or post-modernism with focus on the small immediate personal details rather than the big picture. Ultimately it is a spirit of the age which could be called the “world”. 1 John 2 “If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him.”
Third, those who hold this thinking stand in a long line with those who have rejected the Bible and it’s teaching. It is part of sinful human nature. Things haven’t changed one bit in two thousand years.
I conclude with this thought. The most loving thing I can do for a person is compassionately and humbly tell the truth and beg them to repent, believe, and be reconciled to God through Christ. Telling them hell is not real and that everyone goes to heaven is the most hateful selfish thing I can do.