Methinks the theologians do protest too loudly (CT Institute, “Heaven and Hell,” May 27). Their certainty about heaven and hell seems plausible only when one assumes, as does Blamires, that “the supreme joy of heaven is the vision of God himself.” This ethereal outlook neglects to take into account the true glory of God, which has to be his people. For me, the wonder of heaven is that we will be taught the art of living in love with all of God’s children. Now that will be heavenly!
Leon Morris [“The Dreadful Harvest”] dismisses without discussion the most reasonable view of the fate of the wicked. The vast majority of references speak of annihilation as the eternal punishment—death, second death, destroy, perish, corruption, etc. A few poetic passages would indicate otherwise, if doctrine should be established by figures of speech. The heresy that God tortures forever those who didn’t know any better is a stumbling block to believers and unbelievers alike.
Howard M. Mesick
The articles were biblically anchored and beautifully written, except for one serious flaw in Leon Morris’s comments on the problem of those who have never heard the gospel, implying that some will possibly be saved apart from hearing the gospel. The example he uses seems to indicate the opposite of what he is trying to say. When God illumined the heart of Cornelius, he sent for Peter. To imply that election works to save apart from the gospel makes the Great Commission meaningless. The grace of election rides on the rails of the gospel and is the magnet by which God chooses some out of the mass of fallen humanity and “draws” them to his Son.
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