I found on my journey out of Evangelicalism that there was a great struggle within myself. It was difficult seeing evidence, tangible and real, that what I had held for so long as a belief was simply not true. While I believed it with all my being, evidence to the contrary made it increasingly difficult to carry on believing what contradicts things that can be known as a certainty.
This evidence produced within me, at first, fear. I struggled to hold on to my beliefs because of the consequences of unbelief. Because I knew the fate that awaited me if I dared to question and not have a child like faith in the unseen. For it is written, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” And if this God is not pleased with us, what then? There is hell to pay.
It is my great pleasure, then, to aid anyone who might be having this same struggle within. I know, I’ve been there. So when I popped over to check out the ongoing debate on our friend Gary’s blog regarding the credibility of Paul’s witness and the resurrection, I was delighted to find his newest post:
Gary’s comments: Sorry my fellow Christians, but the concept of Hell sure sounds as if it originated in ancient Greek legend, was adapted into and modified by Judaism, further modified and embellished by the Christian authors of the New Testament, and then used by Church officials for the last 2,000 years in “hell fire and damnation” sermons as a means of terror to control the lay Christian’s every behavior and to extract obedience and…money (indulgences).
This horrific concept of eternal torment is nothing more than superstitious, ignorant, pagan nonsense! We must stop teaching our children this ancient Greek horror story!
Hell does not exist, folks! It is a superstitious concept used to control the ignorant masses.
This brought a smile to my face. I don’t know and really don’t care if I had any part in his relinquishing the horrors of hell. I’m just so glad he did!
He has more interesting posts and it’s interesting to see his inner struggle and watch as a fellow sojourner leaves fear in the dust to embrace a freedom he had not before known.