Skip to comments.Is It Morally Acceptable To Hope Anyone Goes To Hell?
Posted on 12/06/2004 12:44:58 PM PST by Lindykim
"Is it morally and theologically acceptable to hope anyone goes to hell? ... One...need not be a conservative Christian to believe in some form of hell for the evil. All one need be is a rational believer in a just God. For if there is a just God, it is inconceivable that those who do evil and those who do good have identical fates. A just God must care about justice, and since there is little justice in this world, there has to be in the next. And belief in the next world is also not confined to Christianity. As the Encyclopedia Judaica ... (edited largely by non-religious Jews) notes in the first sentence under the heading 'Afterlife,' 'Judaism has always believed in an afterlife.' ... Much of humanity has been adversely affected by modern-day terror. The lives of millions -- virtually all Palestinians and Israelis, for example -- have been terribly affected by Arafat. And there are hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been destroyed or shattered by him. At the same time, other than a few sycophants enriched by some of the billions of dollars he embezzled from the Palestinians, no one has had a better life because Yasser Arafat lived. ... Yasser Arafat single-handedly made nihilistic acts of cruelty routine, even respectable. ... Thanks to him, the Palestinian name is identified among people of goodwill with barbarity just as the German name came to be associated with barbarity as a result of Hitler. ... Just as any decent human being would want good people to be rewarded in whatever existence there is after this life, they would want the cruelest of people to be punished. So, of course, I hope Yasser Arafat is in hell. ... If you think that is hard-hearted, consider the alternative, that one of the most corrupt and cruel human beings of the past half-century is resting in peace. Whoever isn't bothered by that is the one with the hard heart." --Dennis Prager
Dunno and don't care but sure pray araRATfink is hell.
"If there's hell below, we're all gonna go."
Better to wish that they recognize their sins, repent, and make amends.
God doesn't desire that anyone perish. It would have been great to see Arafat repent of his sins, confess all of his evil deeds, and then ask his fellow Pali's to honor Israel as God's chosen people.
"Is It Morally Acceptable To Hope Anyone Goes To Hell?"
I'm not greedy-their just being dead is enough for me.
Yep, it's not acceptable to wish someone goes to Hell.
Jesus died for everyone's sins, even mine.
The only parable Jesus explained was about picking weeds . . . .
I hope so. Otherwise I'm in real trouble.
Even the 9/11 hijackers and so on?
For us Catholics, it's a bit easier to avoid hoping that specific individuals will go to Hell.
Believing in Purgatory, we figure someone could repent on their deathbed, endure a coupla million years of suffering in Purgatory, and still avoid eternal damnation.
Wasn't there a book yearts ago, by one of Bill Buickley's sisters, or relatives.."Will Mrs. (something) go to hell?" ?
You don't know the heart of the Father. He is not willing that any should perish. While we were ALL yet sinners, He died for us. You need to get in the scriptures and study what He says about such things.
I am not a Christian.
( So I guess that mrsnd I am hell-bound in your book! )
I don't know ANY Christians who actively hope as you are proposing.
All of the REAL Christians I know, ( and i have actually met a few) would instead hope and pray that a sinner changes his ways and repents.
No. Mr. Prager is wrong.
Sister, Aloise Buckley Heath, "Will Mrs. Major Go to Hell?"
Every soul that Christ shed his Blood and was resurrected for shall be with Him in Heaven.
So, if he died for everyone's sins, all are going to Heaven, right?
You've stated our Christian teaching. I believe Prager, as an orthodox Jew, is stating the Jewish teaching. Perhaps I'm wrong and someone more knowledgeable will correct me?
John 3:16 .....Without Christ we are lost!
Lindy, Lindy, Lindy....you've got to start utilizing paragraphs....and even links that match your subject matter!
I am sure that everyone at sometime in there life has told someone to "Go to Hell" not a nice thing to say but I doubt that someone is really thinking they wish that person to be in a burning hell being tortured by hot flames...
Frankly, I doubt my opinion would make much difference to the ultimate decision.
Warren Sapp is gonna go to hell for his un-necessary blindside hit of Chad Clifton of the Packers two years ago.
Not me, dude.
Yep. They might darn a sinner to Heck, though.
No we're not. I know I'm going to heaven because of my faith in Jesus Christ. Many others here will also not go to hell. I pray you don't either.
IMO, It should be the Christian hope that all be saved.
But, I also believe that knowing someone will possibly go to hell by all outward appearances (and feeling that would be justice), is not the same as hoping someone would go to hell.
If I could give up my life of doing good and forfiet my soul to hell, I would do it in an instant if it meant saving even the enemieds of God. This is Christianity.
And if they're Southern Christians, they'll also bless his heart!
It isn't me who is proposing this.
It's Dennis Prager who is.
No, it is not morally acceptable to hope someone goes to hell. I believe it was Christ who said to pray for our enemies, to love our enemies.
We should pray instead that the enemy has a change of heart, feels genuine remorse.
Congrats on your tag line - You will love it!
For the sake of one lost sheep, the Good Shepherd leaves the rest of His flock, goes out, and finds that one lost sheep.
And when the Shepherd returns with the lost sheep on His shoulders, there is great rejoicing.
If I am to become a more godly person, then it seems to me that it it is hardly godly to pray for (or to rejoice in) the lost of even one soul to hell.
As others have said on this thread, better to pray for the person's slavation by a merciful, gracious God -- who, by the way, showed his mercy and grace to me when He saved me.
I really don't hope anyone will go to hell. I'm very sorry for the people who choose hell over heaven.
Of course..he is because he doesn't see "it".... yet. I'm praying he does some day. My arguement to him would be.....if it is a contest to see who is worst by judging someone elses actions that would mean.... Stalin sinks, hitler stays since he didnt kill as many as stalin.... or Im sunk but my wife isn't cause she is nicer than me.... but Her aunt lucy is nicer than her..... and so on ... where is the line of demarcation? It is not our line to draw. It is God's and he drew it at the cross.
You're welcome. One of the great things about Catholic moral theology, as an intellectual system, is that it gives you a WORD for stuff :-).
And if they're Southern Christians, they'll also bless his heart!
Sorry. The paragraphs were there when I posted it. They wandered off in transition.