Is War Hell?

War Is Hell?

A post I saw on a friend’s news feed, where someone commented, “He’s got a point. No innocent bystanders in Hell.”

I ordinarily don’t go to such lengths to clarify doctrinal or philosophical issues, I stopped trying to discuss things I find on facebook or other social media (tumblr… *sigh* tumblr). All to often any meaningful dialectic discussion that could be gained divulges quickly into name calling, baseless accusations and hatred. But, here goes…

I agree that war is ‘hell’ (in a sense) and the existence of bystanders who are innocent of aggression in battle are tragically lost needlessly. I hold sympathy for the soldiers whose desire and want in life is to live peaceably yet are forced into battle by conscription, by circumstances, or coercion by men behind desks in offices caring more about recruiting quotas than ensuring good healthy, and able soldiers to fight for the needs of a nation (a lot could be said about this)… My issue however, is with the so-called theology existent here in this post; and this being the “Lord’s day” I thought I’d explain my thoughts; feel free to publicly lynch me afterwards.

as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12 NASB)

Innocent people don’t go to hell, because their is no such thing as an innocent person, in the eternal biblical sense. Because, “… all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 ESV). The idea that you can earn your way into heaven, by your seeming lack of guilt, is the most preposterous lie ever put forth by nearly all religious society; especially within the Roman Catholic Church… (The history of indulgences, and I’m still looking for that bible verse on purgatory; BUT TO BE CLEAR THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES GUILTY OF THIS).

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6 ESV)

The things you do, to feel good about yourself, to do good are like “polluted garments”. Contextually speaking, the garments in question here in this verse are those used for women’s menstruation. The good works we have done, whatever our motivation, even if our aim is for them to appease or please God, to ascribe to him glory and honor, they are like used tampons before our Most Holy God (apart from Christ — and this is a whole different discussion altogether). Logically even, assuming you are the product of an eternal being, who is infinite in all manner of scope, what could you a finite thing, ever bring to the table to “appease” and satiate the wrath of immutable, eternal, and infinite God. God isn’t going to be impressed with your stellar good deeds, your charitable giving, or even your church attendance. Don’t get me wrong, those are important things that benefit your walk and service to God but they are incapable of saving your eternal soul from “Hell”.

What saves you from Hell? The Cross! Spurgeon is far more eloquent on the subject, but the truth rests in following and seeking after Christ…

It is unfortunate that we have swallowed this lie about our existence and believe that we burden no guilt for the wickedness we all see and acknowledge…

If you trust in yourself, in your self-defeating works of righteousness, in your supposed lack of involvement in evil acts (“I’m not a saint but I’m no Hitler!”), you are going to fall short. If you fail to earnestly seek after God, you may here on that day “Depart from Me, I never knew you”


That’s another post… Comment if you want more on Total Depravity.

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In response to the comment made, I wrote:
“I don’t want to cause “waves of discontent” or animosity… But it being Sunday… Everybody is a sinner.
(along with a verse of Scripture)

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” -1 John 1:8 (ESV)

Along with a link to this post… If you are here because of that comment, feel free to burn an effigy of my likeness; but I would rather you repent and belief in the Gospel; “… for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… ” -Romans 1:16 (ESV)


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