Heaven, Hell, and Everything In Between

We have just added a new course to our summer offerings on “Heaven, Hell, and Everything In Between.” And I’ll be teaching it.

Here are some questions to which I’ll be responding that week:

• Why is nobody going to heaven? Where should we hope to go instead?

• What is hell, really, and how can it be squared with belief in a good God?

• Is hell forever? What does “forever” mean?

• Is there a Devil? Does he rule over hell, or is he headed there?

• Does someone have to hear about Jesus to be saved by Jesus?

• Why could a Protestant take purgatory as a serious possibility?

• Why would anyone believe in limbo? If it makes sense, why is it not taught as official Catholic doctrine?

• Are my departed loved ones looking down on me from heaven? If not, where are they, and what are they doing?

• Does hell have a back door? Will everyone eventually be saved? If not, why not?

• When Jesus told the repentant thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise,” what did Jesus mean?

• When Jesus returns, are we going up? Then keep going up? Or then down? Or what?

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6 Responses to “Heaven, Hell, and Everything In Between”

  1. Paul Sorrentino

    I can’t make the class but I sure hope it is recorded. Great questions

  2. Bob Wriedt

    Looks great! Would you be willing to share the syllabus, or at least the readings you’ll assign?

  3. Micah Smith

    Hi, Welcome to the class. Well, we really don’t know.

    Thanks for coming!

    (I kid, of course, these are great questions to tackle, thanks for doing so)

  4. BigB

    Your topic interested me….”When Jesus returns, are we going up?”…You know that most teachers answer this question with very little thought, very little understanding of eschatology and systematic theology. Here is to hoping that you do better!

  5. Jarvis Lepper

    I see you use the word “thief.” The Greek identifies the two people beside Jesus as literally “workers of evil.” (cf. Mark D. Roberts). In light of this, we are not sure if these two people were thieves. They could have been thieves, but we are not sure.
    But what we do know is that they were “workers of evil,” people who were probably politcal zealots like Barabbas (cf. Mark 15:7). I hope to hear your lecture when it comes out!

    • BigB

      So…okay interesting point…but why do you think that many scholars choose the word ‘thief’? Further, why do you think that ancient sources used the word ‘thief? I think that John was quite right in his statement considering the whole picture!


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