The Tension of Faith: Why I Appreciate Christians Who Believe I’m Going to Hell

On BeingApr 10, 2016.

He didn’t want this conversation, and he hadn’t started it.

Neil and I been friends and college classmates for about a year. He was a religious Christian, and I a secular Jew, but he never preached to me. Out of nowhere, I asked him whether he thought I was going to hell, and he demurred, saying it wasn’t up to him. But I couldn’t accept that dodge. I pressed and prodded until he had to admit that, yes, if his theology was correct, and I didn’t believe in Jesus, and maintained that non-belief until death, then I was, tragically, hell-bound…

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