A curious statment from Doug Moo on hell. My friend John Thomson sent me the following email:
"In a footnote comment on Ch1:20 'Christ reconciling all things' in his recent commentary on Colossians (pillar series) Moo writes the following: 'The implications of this reconciliation for unbelievers is not entirely clear from Scripture... Scripture... forbids us from concluding...that all unbelievers will be 'saved'. Nor is the idea that that unbelievers will one day be annihilated a biblical concept. Perhaps, however, we might tentatively think that reconciliation will mean that that unbelievers will themselves, through suffering the torments of hell, nevertheless cease to sin and express remorse for their sin?'Wow! Is this an evangelical purgatory? How can sinners, hostile to God cease to sin? Will God leave sinless people in hell? Is this unfounded speculation or what?"
I'm hesitant to take on the great man. If Carlsberg made NT scholars, they'd make Doug Moo. I can see the attraction in this redemptive view of hell, yet it just doesn't sound quite right.