…The Hard Truth with Dr. Kennedy Musonda
TWO weeks ago, I wrote an article with a title that asked a question that struck at the core of spirituality: Can the God of Love send people to hell? In that article, I mentioned that there are two qualities of God that many people do not understand how they work together or cannot reconcile. These are the love of God and the Justice of God.
Many people have focused on the love of God at the exclusion of the justice of God. These two qualities are two sides of the same coin concerning God’s nature. God showed his love for human beings so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to punish him with the most shameful and most painful death on the cross on our behalf. He did this so that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
The justice of God is part of his holiness. Because of his holiness, God hates sin so much that every sin must be punished. Habakkuk 1:13 says, “the eyes of the Lord are too pure to look on sin. Romans 6:23a says, “for the wages of sin is death.” Ezekiel 18:20 says, “the soul that sins shall die. But because of his love, he punished Christ on our behalf (Romans 5:8).
I want to thank you all for your feedback, both positive and negative. The passion with which many of you responded to that article shows the seriousness with which you take the teaching on hell. The only challenge is that some of you responded to me instead of the article, which in Latin is called argumentum ad hominem. Argumentum means an argument; ad hominem means “to a person.” Argumentum ad hominem entails attacking the person advancing the argument, his character, or motives instead of attacking the substance of the argument or instead of refuting the argument. On most occasions, this strategy is mainly employed when someone has lost the argument.
The second challenge I noticed with the negative responses I received was using different premises for the argument on the topic of hell. While some of you have a biblical basis for your arguments, you did not quote the scriptures, which could have strengthened your arguments.
I do also understand that some of the arguments were not based on the biblical premise but on a philosophical or intellectual premise. Because this is a biblical discourse, I would encourage you to quote scriptures. If you want to write a full response to my article, kindly let me know, and I will connect you to the editor. Once more I cherish your feedback and will continue responding as and when necessary. Love you all and God bless. Expect part b next Tuesday.
Author: Dr. Kennedy Musonda holds a Bachelor and Master of Social Work, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Ph.D. in Business Administration. Dr. Musonda, who is an international development consultant, is set to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Theology mid-year.
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