- April 12, 2007 at 6:14 am #1628
[color=darkred:2y4tozid]I’m a part of a larger forum that has every religion imaginable in it. One of the bigest objections is the concept of Hell. It’s not necessarily that people will go Hell, but the fact that it’s forever. How do you usually answer this?[/color:2y4tozid]April 12, 2007 at 7:00 am #8017
Frank Sheed explained it thusly, paraphrased:
A crime against a dog warrants a punishment due to the dignity due a dog. A crime against a man warrants a greater punishment due to the greater dignity of a man. A crime against an infinite God warrants an infinite punishment due to the infinite dignity of God.
Finite creatures cannot satisfy an infinite punishment. The closest they can come is an everlasting punishment.April 13, 2007 at 12:45 am #8018
Hell,the way I understand it is a complete disconnection from God(which is the worst punishment)it’s a very void and dismore place.Maybe other people have other viewpoints of it(it would be interesting to see what they are).April 16, 2007 at 2:05 am #8021
What does the rich man in Luke 16:19-31 feel?
extreme discomfort (note the part – “for I am tormented in this flame.”)
There is a little picture of Hell – right from Scriptures!April 28, 2007 at 2:57 am #8078
[color=darkblue:zoseooah]What is the difference between infinite punishment and everlasting punishment? [/color:zoseooah]April 28, 2007 at 3:00 am #8081
[quote:207b9666][color=darkblue:207b9666]What is the difference between infinite punishment and everlasting punishment? [/color:207b9666][/quote:207b9666]
I believe it’s the same.April 28, 2007 at 3:12 am #8085
[color=darkblue:3mtmonyx]So what does Benedict mean when he said, “Finite creatures cannot satisfy an infinite punishment. The closest they can come is an everlasting punishment.”[/color:3mtmonyx] :” title=”Question” /> [color=darkblue:3mtmonyx]Or did it just fly over my head?[/color:3mtmonyx]April 28, 2007 at 3:26 am #8086
Oh, I see the difference.
When he says “finite creature cannot satisfy and infinite punishment” he means that we cannot satisfy a punishment of such magnitude (think “weight”) so therefore we are left to satisfy one that lasts forever (think “time”).
When you initially asked the question I was thinking infinite and everlasting as both in terms of time, but that’s not how Benedict/Frank Sheed is speaking.
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