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Franklin Graham Argues against Wall Street Journal Article That Calls Hell a Concept

  • Kayla Koslosky Former Editor
  • Updated Sep 24, 2018
Franklin Graham Argues against <i>Wall Street Journal</i> Article That Calls Hell a Concept

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article titled "Do We Still Need to Believe in Hell?" which has evangelist Franklin Graham speaking out. The article poses questions about the afterlife and if Hell even exists.

The article, written by Dr. Scott G. Bruce, professor of history at Fordham University, argues that "Hell is a cruel and oppressive concept" that has lost its power on mankind thanks to scientific theories like Charles Darwin’s evolution. 

The professor asserts that the concept of Hell should be dispelled from humanity saying, "In some distant, better future, the foreclosure of Hell will be an important step in the maturation of human communities that can mete out justice on their own, without supernatural aid."

Upon reading this article, Graham took to Twitter to defend what the Bible says about Hell, that it is not a concept, but “reality.” 

Graham wrote, “A few days ago the @WSJ published an article titled “Do We Still need to Believe in Hell?” The writer says that “Hell is a cruel and oppressive concept…" The fact is, Hell is much more than a concept—it’s a reality.”

“Hell is a very real place that will be the eternal destination of souls who reject the forgiveness & salvation that a loving God offers us through His Son, Jesus Christ,” he continued asserting that “Heaven is also a real place, prepared for those who put their faith & trust in Christ.”

Graham rounded out his point by pointing to the bible saying, “Now is the time when we choose our eternal destiny—the Bible tells us “…now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).”

Then he asked, “If you die today, are you sure of your destination?”

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