Changing beliefs is not costless…..Eric Raymond
This quote reminds me of something I stumbled across not long ago. In the comment section of an article about what God expects from us when our spouse is wounding our marriage, a woman posted the following:
My husband of almost 20 yrs. decided this past year that he no longer believes in an eternal hell and has left our church.
She goes on to say that he was an elder in their church for 18 years and that that prior to him straying into new age beliefs,they agreed on spiritual things.
He is still committed to me and our 4 kids, but has wandered in new age thinking etc.
Apparently, “godly men from the church tried to reason with him to no avail.” She is depressed, anxious and tired of going to two different churches on Sunday mornings.
This change of heart has not been without cost for husband or wife.
Really? How sad that not believing in an eternal hell is such a game changer in a marriage. Where exactly is that verse in the Bible that declares we have to believe in eternal conscious torment forEVER to fit in at a church? Is that really such a deciding factor in our relationships with other Christians?