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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday at the Cinema: What Is Evil?

Os Guinness reflects on the question.


2 comments:

kellbell said...

You say secularists believe that evil can never be overcome.Christians believe this as well.They have taught that anyone who doesn't say the sinners prayer before death will be eternally punished--therefore their evil will exist forever.When Christians are challenged to look at the word "eternal" to see it has been mistranslated, and actually means "age-during" (making it possible for the judgements of God to have purpose in redemption)they turn a blind eye.They would rather hold to their traditions of hell than believe that God is able and will reconcile ALL things to himself. (Col. 1:20)Yes,I believe in evil. I see it in the church everyday. To read about my journey out of fundamentalism go to http://kellbell-justmythoughts.blogspot.com/

Allan Bevere said...

Kellbell,

Thanks for your thoughts.

Not every Christian believes the sinner's prayer is a necessary requirement for heaven. And, contrary to what some think, there is a variety of views on hell in the Christian tradition. Some Orthodox theologians believed that after death all are given the opportunity to believe. Others suggest that eternity for the "unrighteous" is not a conscious state, but annihilation.

So, it is complicated.