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  • Friday, May 27, 2005

    Pat Robertson on degrees of punishment in hell

    In response to the question, “Are there different degrees of hell?” Pat Robertson says that he believes the answer is no: “[S]in is sin. It is probably no worse to kill somebody than it is to slander him or her.” Full question and answer here.

    Another relevant snippet from Robertson’s answer: “I know our friends in the Catholic Church categorize [sins], but I see nothing in the Bible that indicates that.” I neither agree nor disagree with this statement; I simply don’t care what the Bible indicates on this matter. Categorizing sins according to their degrees of severity makes sense because it is humane to do so. It’s a concept that we have seen fit to incorporate into our criminal code, classifying crimes as felonies, misdemeanors, and violations.

    I’ve mentioned in passing my belief that the old “eye for an eye” line in the Book of Exodus is a statement of the principle that a punishment should fit its crime. If a punishment should fit its crime, but a punishment need not fit its sin, then clearly Robertson believes in a God that is less moral than the typical human being.

    Tangentially related to all this: I’ve added this book to my reading list.


    Blogger Athanasios said...

    Another point on "eye for eye" in the OT that many don't realize: at the time of that instruction, it was radically progressive. In our day we tend to interpret it as a justification for things like capital punishment, etc. But in that day, it was not uncommon to execute for many reasons far less than we'd consider. So to say "eye for eye, tooth for tooth" was limiting punishment to no more than the crime.

    Course, ol Pat swore Orlando would get whacked for a hurricane because they had rainbow pride flags up in the street, so consider the source too.

    Wed Jun 01, 06:04:00 PM PDT  
    Blogger GraceHead said...

    the myth
    God, hates "hell"

    Mon Jan 28, 10:25:00 AM PST  

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