• Theologically speaking, God’s will is for the salvation of humankind so the fellowship God created us for can be restored. Hell is the result of the breaking of that relationship through sin. So — if the “hell has been scared out of you” — and you let God work in your life for salvation and the restoring of the relatoinship God originally intended for you to have with Him — then it is a good thing that the “hell has been scared out of you” — and God’s will. Is that clear as mud?:)

  • Hey – Grant English, tom seely’s bro-in-law here. Clicked over to see your blog…great stuff.

    to the point – I would say yes which leaves another question on the table. Is it possible to have a “hell of a time” with Jesus – as a teen once commented to me?

  • Now that is a different question isn’t it?
    Hmm … right now I’ll ha to say no — but I’ll ponder on it some more.

  • is “scared” the right word? since “God-fearing” isnt really “afraid” of God but more like respect/reverence. rob, was that your line of thinking in asking if God has “scared” the hell out of you?

  • rob

    Well, got some interaction here, huh? Guess maybe the title should have been “Provocative Question” instead!

    Well, my thought was when you fear something you are also scared.

    To be honest, I think I asked to get a reaction. But also I was thinking along the same lines that revbill was saying here and in his blog. It’s just kind of a provocative way to say it, that’s all.

    Now to have a “hell of a time with Jesus”…that’s really deep. On the surface I’d say no, that time with Jesus is sweet. But then again, sometimes being with Him can be a tough, struggling time. It’s not always sweet for me, that’s for sure! But to go as far to say it’s hell, that may be a bit of a stretch.

  • ok, then, before Christ, we are dead in our sins, but we are not in hell, but hell is our destination. the place to go after judgement, after this life.

    so i will say, it is incorrect to say that “God scared the hell out of you.” i guess more correctly, is saying the fear of God scared me out of/prevented me from going to, hell…as in, i won’t go there now because of what i now know.

    in the context of using the word “hell” as a slang term or curse word (ie. hell of a time or what the hell), the question to ask may be: is hell a word to be used lightly? does it deserve some reverence or respect? is it irreverent to use that word?

  • Wow! 2 or 3 lines can lead to so much! This thing has multiplied — it’s now genereated several comments to your blog — a post on my blog — and who knows what else!
    I still hold to the idea that — while it may be a different way of putting it than what we are used to — the idea that “God scared the hell out of me” is theologically correct — and maybe even a good way to put it because it is provoative and makes you think. Shakes you up a little bit — and makes you think about what you believe about salvation and redemption.
    As far as having a “hell of a time with Jesus” I don’t think that is quite appropriate because usually the term “hell of a time” is said to mean a good time — a “hell of a party”, etc. — and would not even refer to the trying times our relationship with Christ may put us through.
    O — and if I can respond to the salmon — I do not beleive that it is your knowledge of Christ that saves you, but Christ’s death on the cross that God accepts as payment for your sins. In other words your knowledge of the fact Christ died for your sins does not save you — the fact He died does save you. Saying that anything you do — even having knowledge — is what saves you sound like works righteousness to me — and is, in my opinion, wrong.

  • So would it be more accurate to say that God scared hell out of your destiny? Granted, it doesn’t have the ring as “the hell out of you.” BUT I think it is accurate to say that the Spirit is transforming the hell out of you…not to put to fine of a point on it.

    I do agree – “hell of a time” – while accurate and sincere in the context of describing his personal feelings of finally hanging with Jesus, as he/we mature – it grows less and less accurate.

  • OK — I’ll go along with “transforming the hell out of you” — as long as you don’t try to make it an automatic “done deal” at the moment you accept Christ. I agree with John Calvin — sanctification (or transformation) is a process. My own life testifies to that. But “transforming the hell out of you” doesn’t have the same ring to it — does it? I think “God scared the hell out of me” is just a statement to grab out attention — which it obviously did — but maybe not to ponder on too long — which we may be doing:)!