Join C. Michael Patton, Tim Kimberley and Sam Storms as they start a new Theology Unplugged series: Reasons not to be a Christian. Should someone become a Christian solely for the purpose of avoiding Hell?

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C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Find him everywhere: Find him everywhere

    4 replies to "Theology Unplugged: Reasons not to be a Christian – “So I won’t go to Hell”"

    • ounbbl

      We Christians seem to fail to convince others that the hell is not a place they go sometime, but it is the present reality they are living in by their choice to refuse God’s love.

    • Robert

      “We Christians seem to fail to convince others that the hell is not a place they go sometime, but it is the present reality they are living in by their choice to refuse God’s love.”

      Good thing we fail at that. It’s false. Jesus didn’t merely die to make the present more bearable.

    • Ounbbl

      More bearable? Where did I say that? Is that the way you read even the Bible?
      Probably you need to read up more.

    • Ounbbl

      I think I need to clarify more:

      Unless you have foretaste of heaven and hell (in whatever way you define) in your life, whatever you may talk about it as a future thing is not going to be heard/understood by anyone.
      Why, God lives only in the present, since there is no past in Him and no future to come for Himself (these are all belonging to the our dimension), the believers in God only lives today. The past is gone (let the ghost of the past be no more) and the future is yet to come (let the fear of things to come have power over us). Today is my last day and also my first day – worthy to live to honor and sanctify the name of God.

      If I’m false, show me that you are not false. By the way, what’s wrong to be ‘bearable’? Bearable for what you don’t to choose to be bearable?

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