A couple weeks ago Mitch Forbes joined me (Will) for a chat about heaven, hell and universal salvation for the Spiritual Misfits podcast. We spoke about the 3 primary views of hell that have existed from the beginning of the Christian church and our journeys towards embracing the view that an all-loving and all-powerful God actually can and will reconcile and renew all people (rather than just having a good crack but essentially failing).
It was a good chin-wag but there’s just so much to discuss here, so Mitch and I continued the conversation in this week’s episode of the podcast. (If you haven’t already it’s probably worth going back and listening to the previous episode here before diving into this one.)
Fair warning, the first half of this chat is a little heavy on the philosophy and theology. If you like sitting in a pub and philosophising over a beer and quoting theologians you will probably dig it. If that’s not your jam, there’s no judgment here. (See what I did there?)
In the second half of the chat though we did turn the conversation towards the real world implications of our views around eternity and salvation. We get a little more ‘down to earth’ around the difference these beliefs can make when you wake up on Monday morning.
Multiple times throughout this conversation Mitch references this beautiful verse from 1 John 4:16:
‘God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in them.’
If you don’t take anything else away from this maybe those words are more than enough.
May you live in love.
Listen to the episode here or via the podcast player below (episode title: ‘Mitch Forbes (pt.2) – why our beliefs about hell matter here and now’)