I’ve been wondering about this over the last couple of days. Do Christians ever go to hell? I know a number of Christians who are convinced that other Christians (usually from another denomination, of course) are going to hell, not to mention just about everyone who isn’t a Christian, but I’ve yet to meet a Christian who was reasonably certain that he or she was also destined for the hot place once they pass from this mortal coil.
Isn’t it a little unusual that Christians seem to universally believe in the existence of hell (or, at least, as universally as any two Christians believe in anything) and yet it appears to be very rare for any Christian to feel that the sins they’ve committed in this life might mean they are a little unqualified to apply for a pleasant position in the next one?
I started thinking about this as a result of a pamphlet a well-meaning Christian pushed onto me as I got off the train at my local station, entitled, “Are You Good Enough To Go To Heaven?”
After reading the pamphlet I was left honestly surprised that anyone could think they were good enough to make it through the security check when disembarking at the pearly gates.
So, I’m curious. Are there any Christians out there who believe there’s a good chance that they, personally, may be destined for hell? Or is hell something that’s supposed to happen to other people, as far as the majority of Christians are concerned?