If the Road to Hell is Broad, Imagine How Many People Are in Hell

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Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

–Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 7


From a discussion on Bart Ehrman’s blog between myself and evangelical scholar, Michael Licona:

Michael Licona:

I am not an annihiationist [in regards to Hell]. However, I hope annihiationism is true and I’m open to it. I’m just not convinced at this time. The concept of hell is “fear-provoking” as you say. It’s meant to be. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that, if it keeps you from sinning, it’s better to take such drastic actions such as plucking out your right eye or cutting off your right hand than it is to be thrown into hell. Of course, that’s rhetoric similar to what Seneca used. But Jesus’ message is clear: You want to avoid hell at all costs.


Experts estimate that 100 billion humans have existed since the first human to the present time.  If we subtract the number of humans alive today, which is approximately 8 billion, we arrive at the number of humans who have died throughout history:  92 billion.

That is:  92,000,000,000

If Jesus was correct, very few of these 92 billion people have made it to heaven.  But how many is “few”.  Let’s be generous.  Let’s say that 10% of the human population has made it to heaven.  That means that  82.8 billion human beings have not made it to heaven and are, at this very moment, writhing in agony in Hell.  Here is my question:  How large of a dungeon would you need to hold 83 billion people?  Is it really possible, Dr. Licona, that 83 billion people are imprisoned in a dark dungeon at the center of our earth, as Christians for two thousand years have believed?  Is there any scientific evidence that supports the idea that there is a massive cavity or cavern at the center of our planet that could hold so many people?

I don’t think so.

So where is Hell, Dr. Licona??  If like some clever, modern day apologists, you tell us that Hell is in another dimension, please provide the book, chapter, and verse from the Bible which suggests this to be the case.  You can’t, at least not without twisting the words of Jesus into a pretzel to do so.

The truth is, I don’t think you have any idea where Hell is, Dr. Licona.  And if you don’t have any idea where this place is, why are you scaring little children and gullible adults with this ancient tall tale?  Isn’t it immoral to scare children with tales about a place for which you have zero good evidence for its existence?  Please present good evidence for the existence of this horrible place or please stop using this ancient tale to scare people into converting to your supernatural belief system (religion).

Now, would you kindly answer my previous question:  Why should we believe that it is possible for you to be objective regarding the evidence for the divine inspiration of the Bible and the historicity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus when you have believed since you were 10 years old that the spirit of a dead man lives inside your body giving you secret knowledge, insight, and life advice on these very issues?



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