RS 25: Inherit the Wind Reflection #1

Directions:  1)  First, click on the link  Christian views on Hell and skim some of the information.  This is to give you some concept of  how Christians understand hell.  Also read Pope Benedict XVI’s view on hell by clicking on the link, Hell Exists.  The late Pope John Paul II at the General Audience of Wednesday, 28 July 1999,  said that care should be taken to interpret correctly the images of hell in Sacred Scripture, and explained that “hell is the ultimate consequence of sin itself… Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy”. (Source)

2)  Answer the question below. Your answer should indicate that you learned something from the readings above.  The rubric used is called Reflection Rubric and is found in the pages on the right.  Answer the question in a word document, save it, and either print it off and hand in or e-mail it to me.


Reflection Question:
Rachel Brown, the fiancée of Bertram Cates , while on the witness stand said, “At the funeral, Pa taught that Tommy didn’t die in a state of grace [a basic definition] because his father won’t allow him to be baptized.”

Mr. Cates then shouts to Rachel, “Tell him what your father really said.  That he was dammed in hell fire.”

Does God throw people into hell?  Explain your thinking on this question.

Note: It is not what you believe that is important.  What is important is why you believe what you believe.  I want to see some thinking.