If you are familiar with the traditional heaven-or-hell scenario for human afterlife, you will recognize that this is the position that Steve holds. Thus, he makes all the standard objections you’ve heard to everyone going to heaven. In so doing, Steve relies largely on theological reference books to support his case. By contrast, I’ve tried to write in such a way that a common-sense person can read the Bible and make up his or her own mind about the subject.
Steve apparently has ignored The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven, which is the book-length treatment which substantiates my post. Thus, Steve has only addressed the overview of the biblical case and not the case itself. Since I deal in the book with all the objections he makes, I see no reason to go into them again here. Steve’s rebuttal might have been stronger had he 1) dealt with the book itself and not just the overview, 2) had he not invoked academic texts unavailable to most readers, or 3) offered more logical and fewer technical objections. Nonetheless, I commend him for at least addressing the overview post.
When you read Steve’s post it’s apparent that he’s well-educated and a good writer. However, the logic he offers on the subject of hell is the standard, “Look, you should just trust the traditional view because you don’t have enough theological education to question the experts.” Never forget, however, that hearing the word of God and doing it – not theological studies – leads to the greatest knowledge and understanding of God.