Hell Must Be Empty

When Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount that we ought to be nonviolent in the face of violence (Matt. 5:39-40/Luke 6:29) … isn’t it because God is a long-time pacifist? When Jesus tells us we ought to be generous and give to everyone (Matt. 5:42/Luke 6:30) … isn’t it because God’s personal policy on giving is open and generous? When Jesus tells us to love everybody, even those who don’t reciprocate (Matt. 5:44/ Luke 6:27-28) … isn’t it because God’s style of loving is unconditional and universal? When Jesus tells us to show mercy and compassion to all (Matt. 5:48/Luke 6:36) … isn’t it because God’s compassion and mercy is boundless? When Jesus tells us to forgive without limit (Matt. 6:14-15/Luke 6:37) … isn’t it intended as an appropriate response to God’s infinite forgiveness? When Jesus tells us to refrain from judging others (Matt. 7:3-5/Luke 6:41-42) … isn’t the implication that God is not, and never has been, in the judgment business? Surely God operates by the same standards of behavior that She’s set out for us.

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I won’t forget you.” (Deutero-Isaiah 49:15) “You see these nursing babies? They are like those who enter God’s kingdom.” (Gospel of Thomas 22:22)

A publication of the Mennonite Universalist Association Tract & Propaganda Department. Written by Charlie Kraybill on behalf of the Mennonite Universalist Association. Visit the “Mennonite Universalist Association” Facebook page, and “like” us. Revised: January 21, 2013.

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