HELL by Sadhu Sundar Singh’s visions.
“I was also told that the love of God operates even in Hell.
God does not shine in His full light, because those there could not bear it, but He gradually shows them more and more light, and by and by brings them on and moves their conscience towards something better,
The Sadhu appears to interpret the phrase Kingdom of Heaven as equivalent to the Third Heaven.
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though, they think that the desire is entirely their own. Thus God works on their minds from within, something in the same way, though in the opposite direction, as that in which Satan suggests temptation to us here.
Thus, what with God’s work within and the Light with- out, almost all those in Hell will ultimately be brought to Christ’s feet. It will perhaps take millions of ages,
but when it is attained they will be full of joy and thankfulness towards God ; though they will still be less happy than those who have accepted Christ on earth.
Thus Hell also is a training school, a place of preparation for Home. Those in Hell know that it is not their home because they suffer there. Men were not created for Hell and therefore do not enjoy it, and, when there, desire to escape to Heaven.
They do so, but they find Heaven even more uncongenial than Hell, so they return. But this convinces them that there is something
wrong in their lives, and thus they are gradually led to repentance.
At least, that is the case with the majority,
but there are some few personalities, Satan for instance, in regard to whom I was told, ‘Don’t ask about them.’
And so I didn’t like to ask, but I hoped that for them also there was some hope.
‘ ‘ They also told me that the Saints help in the work of saving souls in Hell, because there can be no idleness in Heaven.
Those in Hell will ultimately be brought to
Heaven like the prodigal son, but with regard to the ultimate fate of a certain number you must not ask.”
The Sadhu is inclined to think that perhaps these few will be annihilated (I add – note that the Sadhu didn’t say nor imply a belief in annihilation of a select few, but A J Appasamy, the biographer “interprets” Sadhu “thinks so” implies this annihilation was nowhere mentioned by the heavenly saints nor angels nor even our Lord Himself in these visions! It was “hidden” or the Sadhu was told “not” to reveal it too “obviously” so that “men might not become careless about sin & punishment”).
“Once I said, ‘So many people will be lost because they have not heard of Christ.’
They said, ‘The contrary will be the case ; very few will be lost. ‘
This is a kind of a heavenly joke, no, joke is not a good word for it.
‘Very few will be lost but many will be saved.
It is so, but don’t tell,’ they said, as it were, in jest, ‘because it will make men careless, and we want them to enjoy the First Heaven that is the Heaven on earth as well.’ ”
“If there were no hope for all the non-Christians in the world and all the Christians who die in sin, God would stop creating men.
We must do our part here on earth to save sinners, but if they refuse we need not be
without hope for them. ‘ ‘
The Sadhu’s “universalism” recalls the famous
“Shewing” to Mother Juliana of Norwich, “All manner of things shall be well,” and her comments thereon except that her respect for the authority of the Church precludes her making any suggestion how this may be
The Sadhu faithfully obeys the injunction,
In his popular teachings, as we shall see
in the next chapter, he stresses the need of repentance, and the certainty of immediate judgment in the next life, but he never speaks of his hope of ultimate salvation even for the unrepentant.
A well guarded “secret” of heaven revealed “literally” (Satan must be pissed-off).
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