Friday, June 20, 2008

God's God's Hell?


In his interview in current issue of Preaching Journal, Dr. Robert Smith, when asked what doctrine was most difficult for him to preach stated that it probably was hell. 

I believe that hell is just as real as heaven. It's separation from God.  In fact, Luther said that God's hell is God's love for us--the fact that God loved us so much is God's hell. 

I couldn't figure out what he was meaning until he in the next paragraph mentioned the "cry of dereliction", "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?"

God's love for us was so strong that he had to be separated from the Father in order to save us.  "God's God's hell."

Does it get more powerful than that?

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