lurking 16: teaching children about flaming fire and vengeance

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when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might (2 Thessalonians 1)

Here we have another beautiful verse from the Christian holy book, that reveals the loving nature of their perfect and benevolent creator deity character, the god God.

Blogger Victoriousinjesus has crafted a nice little post around this verse that promises readers:

Either our enemies will be moved by the love of God to repent and cease to be our enemies or they will be judged in the end by the wrath of God in flaming fire and vengeance.

What a loving thought! And here’s me, a hateful pagan, who wouldn’t wish eternal suffering on my worst enemy. Actually, I wouldn’t wish punishment of any kind on anyone. If I could magic up a benevolent fairy, I would wish a non-violent intervention to help people see things from another point of view, to help them understand how their actions are harmful or counter-productive. Is that not what any creature with benevolent instincts would wish? Apparently not.

So how can Victoriousinjesus tackle these frighteningly foul verses for the younger generation of indoctrinated believers?

Hey kids, I want to say to you what Paul said to the Thessalonians. Your parents and I give thanks to God for you because we know your faith is growing abundantly and your love for others is also growing. Keep it up. It won’t always be easy, but God is watching out for you and will deal appropriately with those who do not respond well to your faith and godly love. Trust Him and keep growing.

To paraphrase, blah blah you’re great and loving, and by the way there’s an invisible vengeance demon out there acting on your behalf, blah blah you’re great and loving. Any thoughts?

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