How common a sentiment, how easy is it, I ask you, to dismiss your opponent and say: "Go to Hell"? Some of the posters here do precisely that. In the heat of the debate, when it seems as though our opponents are completely unwilling to come around to our side, is it not precisely them that it's easiest to dismiss them?
But what good can come from that?
And what's the point of debating and figuring out the truth to begin with? If not that each one of us has an eternal destiny, and we were made for a most noble calling: to know and love God forever. And if we miss that calling...is that not a fate infinitely worse than death?
Argument and debate has its place. And it is good to study hard and gain wisdom.
But ultimately, isn't that just the start? Isn't all of that just the groundwork for a task which is still greater yet? Must not study lead us to prayer?
It is good to persuade people of the truth. But we must not forget that each individual being has an intrinsic value and dignity and worth and an eternal destiny. And we only get one shot.
Don't forget to pray every day both for yourselves and your loved ones...but especially for your enemies, for those who are in error, who aren't living properly or who as of yet still need greater graces.
Instead of saying "Go to Hell," instead, in that moment of great temptation, turn instead to God and entrust that soul to Him. And pray. How great of a loss is it even for a single soul to be lost?
On TOL, we have such a great opportunity. Even though it's only over the internet, there are so many Christians who are brought into contact with each other.
So be sure to pray for each other that:
1. Every sinner may find the mercy of God.
2. That we all may live as God wants us to live.
3. And that every man may know and love the Divine Truth.
4. That through the tender mercy and love of God, we might preservere unto eternal life.
And pray for me especially! You are all in my prayers.