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12/10/2003                                                                                       View Comments

Seeing people burn will bring joy

Here are some quotes about hell from famous christians. What think ye?

AUGUSTINE
(Christian author and leader from the 4th century)
They who shall enter into [the] joy [of the Lord] shall know what is going on outside in the outer darkness. . .The saints'. . . knowledge, which shall be great, shall keep them acquainted. . .with the eternal sufferings of the lost.

TERTULLIAN
(revered Christian leader from 200 A.D.)
What a spectacle. . .when the world. . .and its many products, shall be consumed in one great flame! How vast a spectacle then bursts upon the eye! What there excites my admiration? What my derision? Which sight gives me joy? As I see. . .illustrious monarchs. . . groaning in the lowest darkness, Philosophers. . .as fire consumes them! Poets trembling before the judgment-seat of. . .Christ! I shall hear the tragedians, louder-voiced in their own calamity; view play-actors. . .in the dissolving flame; behold wrestlers, not in their gymnasia, but tossing in the fiery billows. . .What inquisitor or priest in his munificence will bestow on you the favor of seeing and exulting in such things as these? Yet even now we in a measure have them by faith in the picturings of imagination.

JONATHAN EDWARDS
(famous revivalist from the 18th century)
The sight of hell torments will exalt the happiness of the saints forever. . .Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell. . . I tell you, yea! Such will be his sense of justice that it will increase rather than diminish his bliss.

ISAAC WATTS
(composer of Amazing Grace and 600 other hymns)
What bliss will fill the ransomed souls,
When they in glory dwell,
To see the sinner as he rolls,
In quenchless flames of hell.

Special thanks to nightbreeze for bringing my attention to these quotes. It still continues to amaze me how little modern Christians really know about the history and development of their religion. Christians from the past are easily brushed aside as irrelevant, unless of course whatever they said supports the latest modern interpretation of some doctrine or other. I suppose my favorite cliche' is when the Christian retorts with, "We don't follow men, we follow Jesus and the Bible," somehow implying that the Bible was not written by men and Jesus, if he existed at all, was not a man.

I know, these guys weren't real Christians! That's it!!!!

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