A recent poll by CNN found that 61% of Americans believe that Osama bin Laden is burning in hell. Only 5% said that they do not believe in hell. It always amazes me that so many Christians, who follow the message of love from Jesus, believe in a God that would have a soul tormented for all eternity rather than offering oblivion. Yes, there is a loving God who wants me to love him, but if I choose not to believe he will roast me forever. A recent book “Love Wins”, by Rob Bell a pastor of Mars Hill bible church in Michigan, addressed this very issue. Another pastor, Chad Holtz, of a Methodist Church in North Carolina wrote a note in Facebook, backing this book. Two days later following complaints from members of the church, Chad was dismissed from his position. Get the full story in the Times Free Press.
Personally, I believe that hell was invented by the church to help control people. If there is a God who torments souls forever, He doesn’t sound like the kind of being I could love. If I’m wrong, I’ll see you in hell.