Christ, our Light
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Feast of Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.209

There is one growing persuasion of the present age which I hope this book may somewhat serve to stem—not by any argument, but by such a healthy upstirring ... of the imagination and the conscience. In these days, when men are so gladly hearing afresh that “in Him there is no darkness at all;” that God, therefore could not have created any man if He knew that he must live in torture to all eternity; and that His hatred to evil cannot be expressed by injustice, itself the one essence of evil,—for certainly it would be nothing less than injustice to punish infinitely what was finitely committed, no sinner being capable of understanding the abstract enormity of what he does,—in these days has a arisen another falsehood—less, yet very perilous: thousands of half-thinkers imagine that, since it is declared with such authority that hell is not everlasting, there is then no hell at all. To such folly, I, for one, have never given enticement or shelter. I see no hope for many, no way for the divine love to reach them, save through a very ghastly hell. Men have got to repent; there is no other escape for them, and no escape from that.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), preface to Letters from Hell, by Valdemar Adolph Thisted (ca. 1871) (see the book; see also 1 John 1:5; more at Authenticity)

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