All my life I've been driven by an insatiable urge to know things -- things that have always been simply dismissed as "mysteries". I displayed early symptoms of this sociological defect when, even as a small child, the plain facts were never quite enough to thrill me.
Reactions varied widely to the recent news that Alex Malarkey, the young co-author of the bestselling book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, had in fact been trying to tell people for a long time that the best selling book about him was a fraud.
A Christianity without hell would have nothing to recommend it but the constant and unending love of God. It would allow Christians to point upward to God's love -- but never downward to His/Her wrath.
So why do we continue to have such a fascination with the hell of Dante's imagination? The sad truth is that Dante's hellish vision has been useful in promoting colonizing, crusades and "conversions" for the last 700 years
I honestly think humans gets so hung up on living forever because we feel like we don't have enough time. We think that one lifetime just isn't enough. We cling to the idea of eternity because it feels secure.
Unless Driscoll has an ulterior motive to build or defend his own kingdom in some way, why choose a forum like Twitter, with its limited ability to express subtlety and nuance, to make such a polarizing statement?
Hell has frozen over. Hell, Michigan that is. Hell is a charming little hamlet an hour outside Detroit, near Ann Arbor. Established in the 1840s, around the same time Michigan last experienced such hellish weather.