All posts by Doug Smith

Author of [Un]Intentional: How Screens Secretly Shape Your Desires, and How You Can Break Free:


Hell and Mr. Fudge, Wow!

I was thrilled to learn of the new movie on the life and teachings of Edward Fudge called Hell and Mr. Fudge. Fudge is the scholar who wrote the critically important book, The Fire That Consumes. His book is the most comprehensive work on what the Bible teaches on Hell and final judgment that I ...


A Christian’s Apology To Atheists

Dear Unbelieving Friend, I’m writing to apologize to you. My fellow Christians and I have misrepresented the Bible to you and shared a false message. In so doing, we have kept you from knowing the God who made you. Our most serious failure is our traditional doctrine that after death, people who don’t follow Christ ...


Is God So Holy That Sinners Deserve Endless Conscious Punishing?

Many of my fellow Christians accept the traditional view of hell because they believe that God’s sense of justice is so superior that we cannot understand why it is right for Him to punish unredeemed sinners for an endless eternity. Rightly, they agree with scriptures that affirm that God’s ways are not our ways. Isaiah ...


When the Defense of Orthdoxy Becomes Idolatry

Many American Christian leaders spend a great deal of time “defending orthodoxy.” They have a list of the things that Christians must believe, and they draw lines between who is orthodox and who is not. There is no doubt the Bible teaches that some things are very important and must be upheld. However, our list ...


Why Challenge The Doctrine Of An Endless Hell?

You may wonder why it is important to discuss an unpleasant subject like Hell. Certainly there are more positive things we could talk about? I couldn’t agree more. Surely topics like Love, Heaven, Faith, Trust, and Goodness are much more pleasant. However, I think that the fact that many people believe that God is going ...


Rob Bell Asks Good Questions

In his latest book, Love Wins, Rob Bell asks some important questions about the nature of hell. Bell Asks: Does God punish people for thousands of years with infinite, eternal torment for things they did in their few finite years of life? Unfortunately, the response of well-meaning, orthodox Christians has not always been constructive. They ...