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'Hell' as an invention of the church

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Published on Jan 30, 2008

John Shelby Spong, retired Episcopal bishop from Newark, N.J., talks about why Christianity must change its view of hell. Spong is one of the leading spokepersons for liberal Christianity.

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GentileJedi
I like Bishop Sprong. I agree 100%
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Robert Light
"Hell is a threat.  Heaven is a bribe."  -  Mark Twain.
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Richard Bambenek
If you possess a normal psychological makeup Hell is the torment you go through mentally when you transgress another human being.
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James Gray
The first 30 seconds may be the greatest thing I've ever heard a priest say. He is 100% right. It's all about control.
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Arun Shukla
You are right. Theologies are creation of sick minds and criminals..... If there was a hell these churchmen and all crooked priests of all religions would be the first to go there ...
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Oneskeptical Guy
You guys who believe in hell should make up your mind! You proclaim God as all powerful, but then you completely ignore the fact that the rest of your doctrine plays God off as a bumbling idiot or a tyrannical maniac who cant or wont devise a simple plan to save his beloved creation, and then devises a plan to let his son be tortured to save the world, who then fails because he couldnt convince anyone he was God! So then God tortures his beloved creation, and blames it on them for resisting his irresistible Being! And then you wonder why the church is leaving in droves!
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Jimmy Faust jr
amen. hell is a lie. made by the church. and "sins" dont exist either. i find the whole thing laughable. lol
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milan desmond
If God casted you in hell for not loving him or sinning than God has not given you free will, understand: If God has given us free will, he cannot punish us for using it because that destroys the whole point of free will. for example: God loves you, You love God. it is your free will to love him, and you go to heaven, BUT. God loves you. you don't love God, you have free will to do so, but you still get sent to hell. THAT is illogical and Contradicts God because he gave you freewill, it is also a form of manipulation because you think that you are free when you actually are not. For Example. if you had a child and gave your child the option of obtaining a red shirt or a blue shirt. the child thinks he has free will to get whatever he wants. but it is still YOUR choice of which shirt your child ultimately has.
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Asya E
Spong is a minister of Satan preaching lies that send people to hell. The only way to be saved is through the finished cross work of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, was buried and rose again.
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Rikki Heinis
The truth is empowering!
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