Not long ago I was listening to someone who was acclaimed to be a deep Biblical thinker. He was considered to be the theologian that all others looked to in awe, in his religious group. He has written books and traveled the globe as a religious scholar. His insight, revelation and understanding of Scripture were said to be unmatched. So, I was certainly interested in hearing this man, and went on YouTube to get an introduction to his “revelatory” grasp of all things.
As I searched through the numerous video clips, teachings, seminars and interviews he had done over the past 10 years, something caught my attention that was very troubling. I kept hearing words like “mystic”, “universal thinker” and “spiritual” but did not see biblical evidence to confirm any of it. To be honest, these words always cause red flags to fly within me, because experience has taught me that those who use them have a tendency to develop a religion of their own making. They use the same theological terms I do, but apply them in ways that are odd, strange and nothing but natural thinking wrapped in religious mysticism. This tends to end up being just one more mixed up, false doctrine.
His understanding of human nature was actually pretty good. However, his “revelation” of the things of God, began to sadly shift way off center. One concept after another was expounded on, and each went further from the truth of Scripture. His own concept of an “all loving God” quickly pointed in a direction that was contrary of the very things Jesus taught His disciples. Finally, everything he was teaching landed on the premise he was intending to promote all along. He expounded with great conviction on the merits of an all loving God, in a broken universe, and he crowned it all with the whimsical phrase “Hell No!”
As you might have guessed, his conclusion about the universal, all loving God ended with one grand unsustainable thought. God, who is abounding with love and grace, simply could not have created hell. In his mind, this concept was contrary to God’s loving nature, and such an idea MUST be an invention of man. This theologian went on to say that man’s concept of hell actually was formed by the writings of “Dante’s Inferno”. He confirmed his own idea that God, who is total love, and nothing else, could never have made a horrifying, burning hell. He said hell could certainly not be a part of any universe created by a loving God.
His “proof” came from his own ideas about God, and the Bible, so to speak. Did he quoted any verses of Scripture to verify his claim? No! He stated that the Apostles, Paul and John, made no mention of hell in any of their writings. Thus, if hell were real, they most certainly would have spoken of it. This was his iron-clad reason for why hell did not exist. Really? If we use that kind of flawed, human logic, we would then have to conclude that skunks, airplanes, penguins, butterflies, landslides, and a host of other realities don’t exist either, since none of them are mentioned in the Bible. Who would ever agree with that? Yet thousands of people now have come to embrace this false ideology, by using the same foolish reasoning.
To ignore the fact that Jesus Himself talked about hell, and even visited there after His crusifiction, is troubling indeed. Beyond that, to ignore every biblical reference made about hell, the devil and demons is even more disturbing. The question then must be asked, so where did evil come from, and what are the consequences of it? In effect, this enlightened thinker has invented his own, feel good, mush god, who embraces and receives all into his standarless kingdom of universal love. This god embraces everyone, and has no design for righteousness, and no consequences for sin. His love, and grace only serves to bring harmony, happiness and peace to everyone, no matter what they do.
Can you imagine a god who has no consequences for rebellion towards himself and his perfect glory? Could you respect and serve a god who gives the sinner and the saint the same reward? This god would lack righteousness, purity and the strength to rule his own universe. He would not be able to judge the sin that makes everything so broken. He would never speak a discouraging or corrective word, and would never hold anyone accountable for their own rebellion. I have to ask you, who would ever trust a powerless, undisciplined god like that? Who could ever honor a god that loves so totally, he is incapable of judging right from wrong, or holding anyone responsible for their own selfish actions? A parent who did that would soon be ruled by narcissistic, self-serving children, that no one could stand to be around. Imagine a world filled with people cut from that ungodly, defiant bolt of cloth!
There is a righteous King, and He rules over the whole universe. He walks in purity and grace, truth and justice. His love is endless, but so is His judgement against godlessness. His standards are absolute, and His rod of correction and staff of guidance, will discipline and comfort those who need it. He is a good, good Father who looks beyond our weakness, and helps us on our way to become mature, productive people. He expects us to grow beyond our natural, narrow, self-centered ways, and touch others who are in need. He is the God of holiness, and He is the One who created hell as a dwelling place for the devil, those who live in and love sin and rebellion. This is the true God, the One who created heaven as a dwelling place Himself and those who love Him, and live in righteousness.
Now is the time to ask yourself, which God do you believe in? All the world loves the idea of a mush god. He allows them to live any way they choose, and let’s them do anything they want without consequences. But, the One True God, Who is God, is very different. He gave His son Jesus, to the world, and we celebrate His victory on the cross every Easter. This God gave all, and came in total love to redeem His fallen children from hell. He expects those who are His to give their all back to Him. So the question must be asked, “what God will you serve?” You will either serve the one of your own making, or you will serve the One who made you, and died for your sins. In the final analysis, what you believe, and where you end up, really is up to you! You shall know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. Happy Easter!!