I’m going to complete a bit of unfinished business. Here’s what one of the brain donors over at Gregory MacDonald’s blog said in response to a post of mine:
First thing is first...Learn to spell Steve… I don't see how in CU (christian universalism), believing in hell, leaves someone to persue [sic] a hellbound path… Where has Talbott or Mcdonald [sic] ever encouraged people to continue on a hellbound path…People don't want that for 10 seconds they sure as Hell (no pun intended) don't want it for a Millenium [sic]… I don't want my friends to go hell ANYMORE than I see them in it already...SEPERATED [sic] FROM GOD.
For someone who reproves me for misspelling, I can’t say that Auggy sets the most felicitous example. He should stick to theology.
On second thought, his theology is no improvement:
Where has Talbott or Mcdonald ever encouraged people to continue on a hellbound path…Ok, so many people like steve see it as inherent.__Perhaps I might explain, as I do with my "fellow men" at work._So you think hell is fun? Try this for starters. Go to a swimming pool full of water and drench yourself with lighter fluid. Take a match and light yourself on fire. Give it lets say....10 seconds. Ok, Ok, give it 5 seconds...Too long huh._What makes you think hell is just ok. __I think if Steve can do that little test then he might have a different perspective of 10 years in hell. How about 10,000 years._What about 1,000,000,000 years.__People don't want that for 10 seconds they sure as Hell (no pun intended) don't want it for a Millenium.
Several problems with this devastating counterargument to my position:
i) To my knowledge, MacDonald and Talbott don’t take the flames of hell literally. In that event, Auggy’s illustration fails to rebut my contention about MacDonald and Talbott. This example is an illustration of his assumptions rather than theirs.
ii) Auggy seems to think the lake of fire is a literal lava flow. If so, then unless the damned are made of asbestos, they couldn’t spend 10 years in hell. They’d incinerate on contact.
So that would illustrate annihilationism rather than universalism.
iii) Or does Auggy think the damned are fireproof? But, in that case, they might find a dip in the lake of fire quite refreshing.
Indeed, surfer dudes might find Auggy’s depiction of hell quite compelling. They could spend eternity riding the perfect wave.
At this rate I’m bracing myself for the sheer brilliance of Auggy’s follow-up objection.