Robert Farar Capon

Heaven and Hell

There is no sin you can commit that God in Jesus Christ hasn’t forgiven already…The old baloney about heaven being for good guys and hell for bad guys is dead wrong. Heaven is populated entirely by forgiven sinners, not spiritual and moral aces. And hell is populated entirely by forgiven sinners. The only difference between the two groups is that those in heaven accept the forgiveness and those in hell reject it. Which is why heaven is a party—the endless wedding reception of the Lamb and his bride—and hell is nothing but the dreariest bar in town.

Robert Farar Capon, The Mystery of Christ…and Why We Don’t Get It (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans), 1993, p. 10.

Jesus, in His death and resurrection, has taken away all the sins of the world; there is absolutely nothing and no one—either now or at the last day—who isn’t being presented to the Father as clean as a whistle by Jesus. Of course, if there are some of us at the last day who want to argue with that and tell God we like our old, non-existent version of ourselves better than his repair job on in Jesus—well, at that point we can go to hell. But it’s only our non-acceptance of God’s acceptance that can get us there, not our sins.

Robert Farar Capon, The Mystery of Christ…and Why We Don’t Get It (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans), 1993, p. 179.