The topic for the evening was, 'the problem'. John Fielder talked us through the thorough pollution of the human heart and the ultimate penalty.
Whenever hell is talked about it provokes a response. Some are deeply offended, others are provoked to really think and take Jesus seriously for the first time. We had some great questions being considered on our table. 'What's the point of trying to be a good person if my best efforts are filthy rags?' 'How are we saved if the situation is so bleak and depressing?'.
Personally I was struck again at the depth and reality of my need for a saviour. The reality of eternity and the weight of the message we carry.
I guess when pondering hell a couple of questions will always need considering...
- How do you define good?
- Who can judge?
- How bad is the crime?
- How valuable is the object of our offence?