I have been observing and listening to a lot of the discussion going on about new books and hell and theology and religion and ... and... my thoughts have been Oh man. I am staying way clear of this one! But I have been following a lot of it just by listening and reading.
Then someone asked me today in writing what I thought of it all and this is what I answered:
Basically I think that if hell is the absence of Jesus' presence than what we think about the reality of hell ultimately exposes how we experience or don't experience the reality of Jesus' presence in our lives every day. The power and beauty of being with Him now can only spur us on to long for the same for those around us.
As to who makes the decisions about who is there, who is not, when they go there, if they don't - I'm with Billy Graham on that one: That's not my job to know or decide.
My job is to so enjoy Jesus and his beauty every day that He's a gift to those around me.Amidst planning boy birthday parties and Easter celebrations (they overlap this year!), school and work decisions, I've had a migraine for over ten days now - it's a come-and-go-one but it's still leaving me low on any energy. I'm waiting it out and will be back to write more when I can.