March 30, 2011

Interesting Fox News Poll

What do you think: Do you fear hell? Here’s the response so far on Foxnews.com –

17.02% said – Yes. I am afraid my soul could be condemned there for eternity.
11.02% said – No. I believe God’s love and forgiveness extends to everyone.
39.27% said – I do not believe in hell.
27.44% said – I am certain I will be in heaven when I die.
5.26% said – Not sure. I guess I will find out when I get there.

7 comments:

Gregg the Obscure said...

Pleasantly surprised that so many this side of death still believe they could reach hell. The universalist impulse that's destroying protestantism has made much headway within Catholicism too, not to mention the general apostacy of our time that has led people to apparently believe that they are the designers of their own afterlives.

William Luse said...

"No. I believe God’s love and forgiveness extends to everyone."

If that is true, then there are really 50.29% who don't believe in hell.

"I am certain I will be in heaven when I die."

Hell is for other people, I guess.

TS said...

Per Bill, I was somewhat surprised by how low the percentage was of those who thought Hell an active possibility. 17% seems pretty low.

Steven Riddle said...

Dear Tom,

As you well know, I do not fear hell, not because I don't believe it is possible to get there, but because it is a distraction from the essence of Christian teaching--which teaches us not to be constantly looking to the afterlife which will come with its consequences, but to focus on the here and know and what you can do today to make the Kingdom of Heaven present here on Earth for all of those around you.

To spend one's time worrying about Hell is inevitably a weakening exercise--it takes attention away from the One Thing Necessary.

So, the question is probably not properly phrased for me. Do I believe in Hell and in the possibility that I might wind up there? Yes, undoubtedly. Do I fear it? No, equally undoubtedly--not because it isn't possible, but because it is a serious distraction.

But this is really, really interesting. Thanks for sharing it.

shalom,

Steven

Tom said...

To spend one's time worrying about Hell is inevitably a weakening exercise--it takes attention away from the One Thing Necessary.

Right.

If you want to fear something, fear today. Fearing hell is like fearing the cost of replacing your engine when it seizes up because you've decided to stop changing the oil.

MaryH said...

Given the choices, what would your answer be? :)

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TS said...

I'd have answered with the 17% since free will provides that tragic opportunity.