Casting Down Arguments: An Introduction
I have come to realize that many arguments that have been advanced by those who wish to promote the traditional hell doctrine are detrimental. These arguments prevent people from understanding the true depth of God’s love and the awesome power of Christ’s saving work. They act as strongholds that hold people captive and inhibit their comprehension of the amazing, transformative message of the good news. I am not entirely certain that the proponents of these arguments realize the damage being done. I tend to think that most do not; instead they are trying to be true to what they believe the Bible teaches. Nevertheless, damage is being done by arguments that are deeply flawed.
This section is devoted to exposing these arguments for what they really are (very weak and/or incoherent). It is not an attempt to malign any individuals. As I said, I tend to think that most of the people writing these arguments are unaware of their errors and are attempting to glorify God. This is why dialogue (not intimidating domination) is necessary for the growth and edification of the Church. I hope that this section has a beneficial impact, not only on those who have read (or heard) these arguments from the other side of the issue, but also on the writers (and speakers) of such arguments, so that all of us would grow in our understanding of God.
Paul, in writing to the Corinthian church, expressed that it was necessary for him to tear down some strongholds in that body of believers. Consider his words:
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…
It is vital to recognize that Paul is admonishing believers who were criticizing his ministry in this passage. He was talking about strongholds, arguments, and high things that exalted themselves against the knowledge of God within the church itself. This does not mean that those who advanced these types of arguments were not Christians, or that they were not sincere. Nevertheless, I think that we have similar arguments in the Church today that are exalted against the knowledge of God in His fullness and that prevent many from understanding His true power, love and goodness. This section is devoted to demolishing some of those arguments, so that all of us can see the truth more clearly.
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