Did you know that M83’s Midnight City and Smash Mouth’s All Star have a tempo difference of only 1 BPM?
I thought I had enough allstar
WHAT THE HELL
shrek is love
This is kinda dope
if i go to hell i’m gonna torture everyone by continuously asking if it’s hot in here or if it’s just me
funny story: this scene was actually improvised. the script originally called for pikachu to roll over onto his side and deliver a line that went “good battling today ash. can we get ihop in the morning?” but during filming, pikachu started thinking about how his real life trainer never hugged him and also will smith’s dad, so he delivered this amazing performance all off the top of his head. the animator was like whoa wtf. what a brilliant moment.
Did you know there is no hell in the Jewish Bible (aka Old Testament)? At best the afterlife is referred to as Sheol—but everyone went there and you just kind of hang out. It seemed to me kind of strange that something so important as hell would be left out of these books. The idea of hell begins to creep in to Jewish thought as they are taken into captivity and encounter first Babylonian thought and then Greek thought.
Enter Jesus. For sure he talks about justice and judgement. But as I mentioned, I think we have those ideas mixed up—we take this idea of hell that has evolved over a long time and we read that back into what Jesus says. And then there is this idea of that Jesus death is ‘substitutionary atonement’. That theory in a nutshell: God can’t be in the presence of sin –in fact it must be punished and so Jesus takes the punishment for us. The punishment is ultimately from God in this theory. This theory—and I can’t stress this enough—has not, thoughout history, been how Jesus’ death has been viewed. The way I view Jesus’ death is that Jesus endures the worst that sin/evil/violence has and defeats it precisely by not responding with violence.
(it would also be a good time to say: I’m not a biblical literalist. Those writings were a product of a time and place. That’s not a criticism of the Bible. When we slap words like “inerrant” on the Bible, we bring our modern baggage and ask the text to be something it simply isn’t. )
Ultimately though, I reject hell because it just doesn’t make sense. God is love. This love is compared to what a father or mother has for their child. God pursues all people to a loving relationship but the theory of hell says that once you die—if you haven’t accepted God’s love—God either can’t or won’t save you. What kind of love is that? What kind of a parent would reach a point with their children that they would torment them for eternity?
Of course, the issue of free will is important. Some will say that God doesn’t send people to hell, they choose it. I find that a game of semantics. If one does have free will and then God sends them to hell and they say-“I change my mind!”—God goes “Sorry, buddy. You had your chance—if you had changed your mind while you were still alive, you’d be ok. But you waited, I can’t help you. You will be tormented (or cease to exist, if that is your hell theory) for eternity. But do remember that I love you.” I can’t accept that as love. It makes no sense. Sidenote: I don’t know how could I even enjoy heaven knowing a parent or sibling or child of mine was in hell?
“What about Hitler?! Doesn’t he get hell?!” I do believe in justice. But as I mentioned above, I think we need to recalibrate our idea of what justice is: that the fiends of history will be brought to justice but that doesn’t mean that they are (or need to be) destined for eternal torment. That might reflect what we would like to happen to them but could a wholistic approach to justice provide something healing for all. I find theologies for and against hell both wanting in terms of addressing pain and suffering. Does punishing the people who did somehow undo the evil? I haven’t endured the suffering that many have in this world. So, while it may it seem hollow to suggest from my priviliged position, I hope for reconciliation between all.
I haven’t read Rob Bell’s book but I do quite like the title “Love Wins”. With any theory of hell, love is not the final word. Punishment, destruction and suffering persist concurrently while a select few live it up. But I believe God’s love is bigger and stronger than any evil that exists in this world. I hold on to the strands of love in this life and trust that they lead to something good for all. What can separate us from the love of God? I believe nothing.
The danger of this whole heaven/hell debate is that it becomes very individualistic: Am I going to heaven/hell? It leads to an ingrown religion where personal experiene is valued above all. Belief in hell hinders the work of heaven. How often have you heard about how important it is to have a ‘relationship’ with Jesus? I actually think that can be a really unhealthy thing. Jesus-and-me religion where we hunker down and wait for the end. Where we smugly wait for the dangerous world to get theirs. We are part of a bigger story. We live in this big, beautiful world and we need to start making peace with it. I love this quote from Nicholas Lash: Salvation is the healing of relations, the gathering of humankind into ecclesia, communion in God. That needs to start now.
Who reblogs his own blog? Yeah, I know. But I was just thinking about this post, and I still think it’s important.
this is the sort of web content i am looking to see every day
i feel bad for 5’11 boys like u were so close. u almost made it.
This resonates with me.
"no pain no game." i whisper as i break my sisters leg while playing twister
7 billion people, 14 billion ass cheeks