Hell fire and brimstone: such preaching is unpopular today.

On July 8, 1741, Johnathan Edwards delivered the most famous sermon of all time on hell. Titled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Edwards portrayed God as the puppeteer holding marionettes over the flames of hell. Edwards said that everybody who is not saved deserves to burn in hell for the sins they have committed.

He uses a metaphor to describe the situation, saying, “The God that holds you over the pit of Hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire… He looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire… Thus it will be with you that are in an unconverted state.”

The vast majority of Christians see a clear message in the Bible that hell is real. And despite much criticism aimed its way, the survival of ancient texts prove that it was carefully hand copied through the centuries before the printing press. So why are so many churches, even evangelical churches, afraid to preach on Hell today?

I have to admit that the fear of hell played a part in my decision as a 17-year-old to accept Christ and receive forgiveness for my rebellion against God. Today, most people shrug the thoughts of a real hell aside. They either believe everyone goes to heaven, or that God wouldn’t send them to hell, or that it doesn’t exist at all.

This is all part of the popularity of the sin that entered the world through Adam and Eve when they rebelled against God. We try to make Him fit into our idol worship - the idol being ourselves. We do so at great eternal risk.

This is Carl Ramsey and that’s Another View of the News.

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