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Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hell

-it doesn’t exist
how could it?
God is Love
He couldn’t allow
such a place to be
-a ridiculous myth of
fear mongering
just like mister satan
-who cares?
-doesn't fit my belief system
-not worth thinking about
-probably not that bad
-no one's going there anyway
-f bomb
but
what if we
wanted it to exist so
we could go there
just like in the beginning
because it most aptly
defines who we are?
created with the
dignity of free will
would not God allow us
to freely reject Him
no matter what
the consequences?
refusing Love
choosing to live
by our own rules
we enthrone our
ideologies
passions
desires
as gods to be
worshiped and adored
idols all leading
back to a self more
precious and deserving than
the One who 
holds the keys of
life and death
where each is king
ruling kingdoms of
the mind bowing to no One
in this way
hell exists because
it is a reality of choice
a pattern of living
centered around
some other thing
rather than the
Lord of heaven and earth
who offers freedom
from the bondage of
inherited and
deliberate sin
received only through
repentance
conversion of heart
a decision to give oneself
in mutual love and service to the
One who died and rose
for us to bring us new life
when that is excluded
we separate ourselves
from the God of Love
we embrace
a way of life
which then is
continued and fulfilled
after death
so then Mercy's grace
remains an offer till the end
as does freedom's call for Justice
to all passing through the
gates of eternity
so consider carefully
“wide is the gate and broad
is the road leading to destruction,
and many enter through it
small is the gate and
narrow is the road
that leads to eternal life
and only a few
find it.”

 Reflection/Discussion:
-What is the description of "Hell"?
-How is hell a "reality of choice"?
-Why don't we talk about hell?

-How do mercy and justice coexist in a God of Love?
-What does "conversion of heart" mean? 
-Do you think many people go to hell? Why/not?
-What does Scripture say about who goes to hell?
-What does the Church teach about hell?                              

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