Bruxy On The Afterlife
Quite unexpectedly, I have gotten into a bit of a discussion under “Piper: Behold now…the severity of the Lord.” I am surprised because 1) the Scriptures seem explicitly clear on this topic, and 2) I have never heard anybody seriously challenge the topic of hell before. Most people I know only quietly ignore it, although technically they do believe in it. In view of this last point, I find it slightly humorous that a point used against me several times has been “most people I know believe x…” Well, most people I know believe y! I suppose the trick is to only hang out with people that agree with you, and then your authority-base always matches your beliefs, right…? ; D
I suppose here I have hit on the real beauty of a blog – meeting people from really and truly different walks of life and thought-systems, and exchanging thoughts with them. It really is a beautiful thing!
…but I digress. I am writing this post to introduce Bruxy Cavey’s series “Beyond the Grave.” (By the way – his material is more easily accessed – and available with video content – via podcast from iTunes) It includes four sermons with one supplemental teaching-time (he calls that the “drive-home”…where he covers all the things he didn’t have time to say in the sermon on his “drive home” from church). As always, Bruxy is extensive in his research and clear in his presentation. An excellent starting-point for anybody who suddenly realized that they haven’t given much thought to this important topic, and wanted to really dig deep into Scriptures, and into the various perspectives and interpretations.
Because this relates to the dialogue going on with the before-mentioned post, I will mention his basic belief on hell. He says (quoting somebody), “The good news is that the language of darkness, flames, etc., is probably symbolic. The bad news is that the reality is probably far worse.” This about sums up my own position.
My only complaint with Bruxy is that he never really comes to a conclusion about annihilation (the belief that hell ceases the existence of people) and eternal conscious torment (…which is the traditional view of the church). In my view, the Scriptures are not as vague as he thinks they are. Piper’s opinion expressed in “The Echo and Insufficeincy of Hell,” (the audio version, not the transcript) seem to more than over-rule the objections raised.
I am not really wanting to jump into this issue, since I phased out the gender topic to focus on a class I really need to finish. I can handle a few comments and questions, but if people really want to get into it, I will just leave the questions hanging and hope that people from opposing viewpoints find each other to duke it out. As much as I would like to, time is of a premium at this point.