If God is our pure, all-loving creator, can he really turn his back on sinners and allow them to suffer for eternity in hell? Where did this vision of hell come from? Is it possible we've ...
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If God is our pure, all-loving creator, can he really turn his back on sinners and allow them to suffer for eternity in hell? Where did this vision of hell come from? Is it possible we've got hell wrong? Or are recent challenges to the traditional view merely an attempt to avoid the inevitable? "Hellbound?" is a feature-length documentary that seeks to discover why we are so bound to the idea of hell and what our views on hell reveal about how we perceive God, justice, the Bible and, ultimately, ourselves.Written by
Hellbound? is a documentary asking pretty important questions of religion, life and death, summed up in a basic question: Is hell real? With these kinds of topics, too often you expect extremism, arrogant atheism on the one hand ("Of course this stuff isn't real, you're stupid to believe it!"), religious arrogance on the other ("You're all going to hell, except me!"). Instead, here's a documentary that can make an argument while considering varied viewpoints, and even a little history (What did Old Testament Jews believe, and what does the destruction of Jerusalem have to do with this?)
The documentary starts off giving a slight impression that it's going to argue hell is a total fiction- we visit an atheist, Robert McKee, who the filmmakers want to hear how to tell a story from, as well as the always-charming Westboro Baptist Church, so the viewer associates belief in hell with lunacy. Then, suddenly it's about how if you don't believe in hell, you're not a Christian at all. But as the film goes on, the more ideas we hear- what if hell is temporary, or a process of judgment, or just how ancient Christians literally tossed bodies into a valley? Some of the points, including that it's tremendously arrogant to think you have all the answers, and that you can dictate who goes to heaven and hell, are right on. Numerous interesting questions are visited in the process, including whether God is all-powerful, who Satan is and so on. What we have at the end is an intelligent discourse, and a fine film to see for anyone interested in faith, any faith, or what happens after we die.
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