Saturday, January 8, 2011


The text in question reads, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." King James version, of course.

To be honest, though, John 3:16 really doesn't speak to the issue of Hell. For that you have to go to James Joyce's Father Arnall in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: "Hell is a strait and dark and foul-smelling prison, an abode of demons and lost souls, filled with fire and smoke. The straitness of this prison house is expressly designed by God to punish those who refused to be bound by His laws. In earthly prisons the poor captive has at least some liberty of movement, were it only within the four walls of his cell or in the gloomy yard of his prison. Not so in hell. There, by reason of the great number of the damned, the prisoners are heaped together in their awful prison, the walls of which are said to be four thousand miles thick."

Sure and begorrah! That's tellin' them!

Photo: Question—North Carolina, 2010

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