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“Sin, Salvation, Service”

Alluding to statements of Jesus that picture hell as “the outer darkness,” and then, a few verses later, as “the eternal fire” (Matt. 25:30, 41), Stob suggests that these images reflect the natural outcome of the sinner’s posture toward God.  “Hell in the Bible . . . is wither very hot or very cold, depending...

The Problem of Pain

Lewis explains retributive justice, the very idea of it. You need the concept of just desert or ill-desert. You need the concept that an evil man must never be allowed to remain ignorant of his evil, or satisfied with it. “Pain plants the flag of truth within a rebel fortress.” And it may lead to...

Institutes of the Christian Religion

Calvin expressly says that “eternal fire” in hell must not be taken literally. Darkness, weeping, gnashing, fire, worms, etc. are all figurative expressions, “intended to confound all our senses with dread.” Calvin adds that “we ought especially to fix our thought upon this: how wretched it is to be cut off from all fellowship with...