Progressives and the Reality of Hell: Dysfunctional Utopia

Quote of the Day: Love wins as each person facing eternity with me immediately becomes a true believer; my realm teems with irredeemable theists, like me.
Rob Hell? Fortunately, no.

Progressives.

Political progressives are religious, too, you know.  Most are atheists, or practical atheists.  But many call themselves Christians, and some are Christians.  Do you know how to tell if they are “progressive” or not?  I’ll tell you: ask them if they believe in Hell.

A real, literal place called Hell.

A living progressive will answer “no” or lie and mumble something about “maybe”.

Of course, a dead progressive would tell you yes, if only he or she could.  My kingdom is full of regretful progressives.

As long as only you and I know this, my servants, all is well.  The fact that progressives, including Christians and those who call themselves Christians, don’t believe in Hell is a mixed blessing.  I must admit it hurts a bit that most people do not believe in Hell, and similarly, don’t believe in me.

This must be how God feels.  Or worse, because unlike me, God actually cares for each person who rejects belief in his existence.

But having people not believe in Hell ultimately works to my favor because this non-belief manifests itself in a lifestyle that furthers my will on earth.  The unbelieving progressive rarely harms my kingdom directly and never harms my kingdom indirectly by winning new souls to freedom in Christ. 

That’s why, my servants, I hate to read articles like the one in Crisis Magazine by Samuel Gregg entitled, Hell, Heaven, and Progressive Catholics.  Mr. Gregg shines the light of truth on the subject, and although he focuses on Catholic progressives, his analysis is equally valid for all Christians and those who call themselves Christians.

Noting the propensity of Catholics to embrace politically expedient but scripturally questionable political positions, Mr. Gregg correctly notes a reason:

Though it’s impolitic to say so, one such pressure may be the effective denial of the reality of hell that has become part of much contemporary Christian life.

Yikes!

If plain truth like that gets mainstream attention, my gig might end sooner than I hoped!

Yes, impolitic, but true, my servants.  Large swaths of so-called Christians (how could someone say they are a follower of Christ and deny Hell?) simply don’t believe in Hell anymore.  Hell is so last century.  Outdated.  Or, as Mr. Gregg recognizes, simply uncomfortable:

Hell is not a comfortable subject. The idea that we can, by virtue of one or more of our free choices, potentially separate ourselves eternally from God’s love is frightening.

And while this discomfort drives many people to ignore Hell in the belief that it then goes away, Mr. Gregg dangerously takes God’s side in the matter:

But the reality of hell and that it will be populated by those who fail to choose to repent of such choices (we don’t know the identity or number of such people, and pray and hope we won’t  be among them) is firmly attested to by Scripture and Tradition.

My servants, let me be plain with you.  I know you will keep this confidential.  Hell is populated by millions who failed to repent.  We’re full to the brim, with newcomers tumbling in every hour.

And as long as Christians fail to fully grasp the reality of Hell as an eternal destination for those who fail to yield to God’s grace on Earth, I’ll just have to keep finding more room for the daily arrivals.

But the real earthly benefit to my kingdom in progressive Hell-deniers is the transfer of faith from God to government.  As Gregg notes:

Pope Benedict illustrates how the disappearance of the hope of heaven meant people started putting their faith in science to create a totally new world: “a kingdom of man” rather than the kingdom of heaven. This, Benedict argues, explains much of the modern world’s dysfunctionality.

Dysfunctionality.  I like that.

And with respect to Catholics, Mr. Gregg notes:

When it comes to Catholics, hell’s disappearance and the ensuing trivialization of the hope of heaven has resulted in some effectively redefining their faith so that it becomes almost exclusively focused on various political agendas with utopian flavors (“end poverty forever”).

Utopian political agendas.  I like that, too.

Dysfunctionality and utopian political agendas go together like thunder and lightning: both originate in lofty turbulence and the former always follows the latter.  Sow utopian political agenda; reap dysfunctionality.

But if Christians ever do grasp the reality of Hell . . .

Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

It will never happen.

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One Response to “Progressives and the Reality of Hell: Dysfunctional Utopia”

  1. Mike N. Says:

    Hmmmm, Utopians don’t believe in a literal hell you say. That explains why Barack Hussein Obama thumbs his nose at innocent life, God’s institution of marriage, Romans 13-style government, Israel, Israel’s God, “bitter, clinging” Christians, the rule of law in general…BHO must not believe HE WILL HAVE HELL TO PAY FOR HIS DENIALS OF GOD AND HIS WILL ON THIS EARTH!

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