To be clear, I believe in hell as a literal place. I haven’t watched the movie.
Given that there are such a wide variety of views on what hell is exactly (as SeanO said), for this can we define hell as ‘not heaven’ - and we understand that heaven is a literal place?
I would probably focus more on what a person’s response is to Jesus Christ - rather than what their response to hell is. I was reading last night 1 Corinthians 12, and 13, about unity through diversity, and how without Love, no matter how much knowledge we have or wisdom, we are just like a sounding gong, or noisy brass. Anyway, a verse was in there 1 Corinthians 12:3, and it seems that it’s not even possible to say that Jesus Christ is Lord without the indwelling Holy Spirit…?
Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
We hear many jokes on ‘oh I’ll be having the biggest party with all my mates in hell’ - they clearly reject God and don’t want Him or to be with Him (in Heaven). Another more serious reference to hell is ‘hell on earth’, many times used to describe the trench warfare in World War 1. I went to the Australian War Museum, and reading of the conditions in the trenches, with mud, smoke, dead bodies rotting, disease, pain from wounds, seeing your friends get killed right next to you, or maimed by horrific injuries - friends you care about and have spent time with. This description of ‘hell on earth’ seems pretty apt - it seems to be the opposite of everything in life that is beautiful.
There are many references to hell in Scripture, so it’s very hard to deny the existence of hell. I wrote this paragraph a few years ago, as part of a reflection on the same-sex marriage debate…
Either there is or there isn’t a Creator God, and he has or hasn’t revealed himself in the Bible. As a Christian, I can’t just go and treat the Bible like a buffet, picking and choosing which bits I like and which I chuck out. If I do that, I run the risk of worshipping a ‘god’ which is just a construct of my own mind, not the one true God revealed in the Bible who revealed himself on earth in the Person of Jesus Christ who made a way for us to be reconciled back to Him (brought back into a relationship). I’m not interested in worshipping a ‘god’ (idol) ‘made’ in my own image (an idea of my own mind based on what I pick and choose from various parts of current society’s prevailing ideas).
I would certainly be careful of asking the question: Does a person need to believe in exactly the same view of hell that I hold to be saved?
I’m not God - only He is the Just Judge.
Kind of the same question as the first one - just reversed. Salvation is in Jesus Christ alone, and is belief and trust in His completed work on the cross.
Now this is a really interesting question, and a personal one for me, as I have a dear friend who currently believes in universal salvation. I have wondered why he seems to have changed belief or followed a new train of thinking. I’ve pondered this a lot, and I wonder if his position on universal salvation may be a ‘push back’ reaction to strong Calvinistic teaching he was previously under.
Based on the 5 points of TULIP; a followup question might be: If God is able to save the elect using unconditional election, and irresistible grace, then surely God would want to provide this to everyone, and provide universal salvation. I too struggle with the concept that God would, in eternity past, fix a persons destiny, and then judge them for not believing something they were incapable of believing in the first place.
However, even with these struggles, I can rest on Abraham’s statement, as he was pleading with God not to judge Sodom and Gomorrah if there were only 10 righteous men: Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?
I also can be like Job, who after struggling with the difficult questions of life and asking God some tough questions; I repent and acknowledge with trembling I’m not God, nor would I want to try and be the just Judge of the whole of history. I acknowledge my ‘tinyness’ and sinfulness before God’s holiness, and then realise with increasing appreciation just how powerful God’s love revealed in Jesus is - who died to pay for my redemption. It’s extremely humbling and yet comforting at the same time.
God didn’t answer Job’s questions. I like all three of theBibleProject wisdom book videos - we need to take all three books into account for a complete picture. https://thebibleproject.com/explore/wisdom-series/
My simple understanding of salvation is: God initiated (Grace), We respond (faith), there is no works required or to be relied upon (Ephesians 2:8-9) God is doing the saving, therefore nothing we can do will lose this salvation. Eternal life by definition can’t be lost. (John 3:16)
Believe in universal salvation opens up a whole lot of issues though, and seems to directly contradict what Scripture teaches.