“Imagine there’s no heaven…it’s easy if you try…no hell below us…above us only sky.”
This Beatles song runs through my mind tonight as I write these words. Please forgive me if I got the lyrics a little off.
So what about it? What if there’s no hell?
As I learn more about God, I have less and less trouble believing in heaven. The God who is love seems to fit this picture of wanting to throw a party for eternity with His children. But I can’t shake the idea that maybe our idea of hell is not completely accurate. As someone once said, what kind of loving god would throw a party upstairs while people are being tortured in the basement?!
What if the pictures in scripture that we have of hell are just that, pictures? Images created to give us a literal image of the suffering that happens in the spiritual realm. We don’t have a problem with scripture using metaphorical language to describe heaven (pearly gates, streets of gold, etc…).
What if the pictures of hell are meant to describe that place where your soul is – the part of you created in the image of God – while you decide to live outside of God’s love?
Did u get that? Hell, then, would be a reaction…a state of being…that becomes a reality within us the moment we commit our first sin and thereby choose to live on our own…without God’s love.
This then relieves God of the responsibility of having to throw His children into utter torment. The children are throwing themselves headlong into that state of being by their daily choice to live apart from God. This reality, then, becomes even more evident when our mortality ends, and our souls are to continue the existence we have chosen for them while on earth.
I teach and firmly believe that eternal life that is promised in the bible begins the moment we surrender to God’s love. Why can’t hell begin for us the moment we choose to live outside His love?
These are just musings…I’m still trying to figure out my place in this. I would love to hear your thoughts to help me understand mine. Thanks in advance!