William Murray is the son of the late militant atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, with whose teachings he now militantly disagrees, as an advocate of hellfire and damnation.
On Dec. 16, Murray wrote a column as chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Religious Freedom Coalition, in which he stated:
- “The greatest villain is a church that has accepted the world’s view that hell does not await evildoers. With a weak message from a weak church, there is no restraint or lessening of the violence.
- “How about this politically incorrect sermon subject: ‘An angry God condemns the carnal sin of Adam Lanza, the Newton school shooter who killed 26, and he will rot in eternal torment in hell, as do all those who turn their backs on God and his goodness and continue their wicked and sinful ways.’”
- “The fear of an angry and vengeful God was far more likely to have stopped the shootings in Newtown than the warm voice of a psychologist or the soothing feeling of drugs. Eternity in hell is a very long time.
All of this is so very far from Jesus Christ’s admonition to his disciples that they forgive “seventy times seven” – and not cease forgiving after 490.
If Jesus commanded such unlimited forgiveness of all his followers, who are sinners, how can Christians who believe that Jesus was God (or all of God that could be contained in one human body) believe this same God subjects deceased sinners to eternal torture?
Consider two classic expressions of this damnable doctrine of damnation:
1) What bliss will fill the ransom souls
As they in glory dwell
To watch the sinners as they writhe
In quenchless flames of hell!
2) Hearken sinner, can you tell
Aught of such a place as hell?
‘Tis a furnace where the flame
Roareth day and night the same
Weeping through eternity
All your tears will make a sea
But that see how ere it swell
Will not make one drop in hell!
From its trunk your head they’ll sever,
Yet you’ll have to live forever!
Devils ranged in rival bands
Toss it to each other’s hands,
While immortal you stand by,
For in hell you cannot die!
They shall roast your body whole
Till you feel it turn to coal;
And this fearful torment o’er
You shall live to suffer more!
What about the Holy Bible on this issue?
Eternal damnation is mentioned 15 times in the New Testament while hell is mentioned 10 times and Gehenna 12 times.
But the word “forgive” appears 52 times, “love” 197 times and “heaven” 249 times.
- John 12: 31: “And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto myself.”
- Luke 3:6: “All flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
- Titus 2:11: “His grace bringing salvation to all men”
- 1 Corinthians 15:23: “As in Adam, all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
- 1 John 2:2: “He is the propitiation from the sins of the whole world.”
To assert that God asks us to forgive our worst enemies while at the same time He damns His, means that God is to be recognized as a hypocrite. And Jesus, whom Christians regard as God incarnate, reserved his most severe criticism for the sin of hypocrisy.