Paine is said to have called out from his deathbed, "I would give worlds,
if I had them, if The Age of Reason had never been published. O Lord, help me!
Christ, help me! Stay with me! It is hell to be left alone!"
that is true, and if there was a spark of faith in his cry, we will see Thomas
Paine and join him in singing praises to Him who promised never to leave us or
forsake us. But Paine needed a real hell in order to say that. It is not contradictory
to find oneself defending the Biblical teaching of everlasting torment for unbelievers
in hell, and then praising the God of free and faithful grace. Because if we never
minimize the horrible impact of hell, we�ll also never minimize the sweet assurance
and comfort of the gospel.
all has been said concerning the detestable nature of hell, after all of Ingersoll�s
eloquence and universalists� emotional appeals and conditionalists� eisegesis,
we can only say, Romans 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment
of God is according to truth against them which commit such things, and
thank God that His Son has delivered us from such a fate.