I was struck by one of the comments on CMR fretting over the humor of the cartoon.
I don’t like the idea of Jesus throwing anyone, even Hans Kung in the ocean. I know Jesus still loves HK and is still sending him graces to lead him to greater humility and to save him at the last.
Sorry, but this one didn’t strike me right.
A couple of immediate responses mentioned the passage about Jesus throwing out the moneychangers, and I certainly think that’s a salient rebuttal. But this is what makes me wonder about those who shudder at the mere thought of Jesus doing anything but handing out flowers to people. Catholics, and most other Christians for that matter, believe that there is a place called hell. We don’t know for sure what hell is like – whether it’s a lake of fire where demons will peck at your eyeballs for all eternity, an annoying suburban location like in The Great Divorce, or simply an eternity of having to commute in Atlanta. One way or the other, it’s not a very nice place, and it entails spending the rest of existence deprived of being in God’s presence.
Now, we believe that the Lord will judge the living and the dead. We say so every week. Since there is a hell, that means that God may judge that certain people should be sent to hell.
So God can send people to hell, but Jesus throwing someone in the ocean is a bridge too far?