Now that I have your attention –even without including Sola Scriptura, Purgatory, the Papacy in Holy Writ, Sprinking vs. Immersion, Sola Fide, Confessing To Oneself, and Infant Baptism – and with sincere apologies to all the internet trolls who felt compelled to read thus far or who were taken in by the graphic – here is what this article is really about: Hell !
Since we are dealing with Hell and the possibility of never-ending pain for sinners, I felt the subterfuges were OK; and if there is no Hell, my prevarication does not matter – as Snoopy once told Charlie Brown: “A hundred years from now, who will care?”
If Hell is not forever, you know, eternal fire and everlasting torment, and all that never-ending agony for sinners stuff, you can proceed to:
Never ever clothe the naked. Keep your three winter coats.
Not once ever in your life to give a drink to the thirsty.
Turn your glance away from all the homeless, never caring for a stranger.
Never care for any sick person, not ever, not even your Mom.
Drive by jails and prisons, but never go in.
Making sure you yourself never miss a meal, and always have a scrumptious dessert, never feed anyone who is hungry.
Because if Hell is not forever, even if you never do any good act, you know that somehow – however dimensions of time out-of-time after bodily death are measured – you will eventually be in heaven.
If, put in other terms, everyone – eventually – will, without doubt, inherit the Kingdom, you can now proceed to steal, assault little boys, get stinking drunk regularly, abuse young men, slander any and everyone, commit adultery daily, worship idols, and swindle little old ladies out of their life savings. Why? Because at some point, even if you are being tortured after you die and are in unbearable pain, it will stop – if Hell is not forever – and you will inherit the Kingdom and be clothed in the regal raiment of a Prince or Princess of God.
Despite what Jesus told us in His own words, and ignoring the words of of divinely-inspired Holy Scripture to the contrary, you could attempt to proclaim, even under the guise of magisterial teaching, that
“No one is condemned forever.”
If Hell is not endless, if this new illogic of the good news is true, then even you who proclaim this will, someday, somehow, be in heaven with the God whom you have contradicted, as will all those who, hearing your words, believed you and did any and all of the things mentioned above.
But, what if Hell is what Jesus said it is?