Pecados Finitos Contra un Dios Infinito

En el debate concerniente al destino último del no arrepentido, el argumento se hace con frecuencia de que un número finito de pecados garantiza un castigo infinito porque los pecados son contra Dios, quien es infinito. El nivel del castigo merecido se argumenta, es basado no en el pecado sino a su vez sobre contra quien se peca. Debido a que Dios es perfectamente santo (usualmente descrito como “infinitamente santo”) y es infinito y eterno, cualquier pecado contra Dios garantiza un castigo infinito y eterno.

Por el bien de la facilidad, me referiré a esto como el “argumento de la infinidad” aquí.

Considere las palabras de Jonathan Edwards:

Pero Dios es un ser infinitamente amoroso, porque él tiene excelencia y belleza infinita. Poseer excelencia y belleza infinita, es lo mismo que tener hermosura infinita. El es un ser de grandeza, majestad y gloria infinita; y por tanto él es honorablemente infinito. El es infinitamente exaltado sobre los potentados de la tierra, y los mas altos ángeles en el cielo; y por tanto él es infinitamente más honorable que ellos. Su autoridad sobre nosotros es infinita; y el fundamento de su derecho a obedecerle es infinitamente fuerte; pues el es infinitamente digno de ser obedecido, y tenemos una absoluta, universal e infinita dependencia sobre él.

Así que pecar contra Dios, siendo una violación de obligaciones infinitas, debe ser un crimen infinitamente atroz, y por ende mereciendo un castigo infinito.1

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References
1 Jonathan Edwards, “The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners,” reproduced at Christian Classics Ethereal Library, n.d., http://www.biblebb.com/files/edwards/je-justice.htm (accessado en Marzo 20, 2016).

The Edward Fudge Festschrift Interview

Last year Rethinking Hell published our second book, A Consuming Passion: Essays on Hell and Immortality in Honor of Edward Fudge. For some time it had been a dream of ours to publish a festschrift in honor of Edward, whose work on the nature of final punishment has so influenced us, whose character so inspires us, and whose friendship is so dear to us. A few months ago I had the privilege of presenting A Consuming Passion to Edward with my co-editor Ron Highfield, and interviewing them both.

 

 

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No True (Evangelical) Scotsman?—Denny Burk and National Geographic on the Rise of Conditionalism

Recently, National Geographic interviewed Chris Date and Preston Sprinkle in preparation for this article on the rise of evangelical conditionalism, which is somewhat reminiscent of the 2014 article in the New York Times, documenting the same phenomenon (on that occasion, Chris Date, Edward Fudge, and John G. Stackhouse, Jr. were interviewed). While the article has its flaws, and the title (“The Campaign to Eliminate Hell”) is sensationalist and just plain inaccurate, overall NatGeo is to be commended for a willingness to report on this topic in a balanced way. Both articles serve to instruct Christians on the curiosity of many in the secular world, not only about the topic of hell, but also the prospect of reform, which is deemed newsworthy.

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Episode 91: Fear, Fire, and the Pharisees; A Response to Joel Richardson (Part 2)

Rethinking Hell contributors William Tanksley and Nick Quient join Chris Date to respond to arguments against conditionalism recently published by Joel Richardson, host of the web TV series “The Underground.” This episode contains part two of their discussion; listen to episode ninety if you missed part one.
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Episode 90: Fear, Fire, and the Pharisees; A Response to Joel Richardson (Part 1)

Rethinking Hell contributors William Tanksley and Nick Quient join Chris Date to respond to arguments against conditionalism recently published by Joel Richardson, host of the web TV series “The Underground.” This episode contains part one of their discussion; listen to episode ninety-one to hear the rest.
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