"Every October, as the days grow shorter and the hills light up with color, talk in East Tennessee revolves around two things: football and soul-saving. While communities across the region open corn mazes and host bluegrass festivals to draw tourists from the city, churches in Dayton and nearby towns prepare their annual Judgment Day houses. In contrast to regular haunted houses designed to scare teenagers into one another's arms with trap doors, fake blood, and miorrored hallways, Judgment Day houses are designed for a higher purpose: to scare people into getting saved" (p. 161).What?!? I live in East Tennessee — unless we say something odd, like Chattanooga is in SOUTH Tennessee — and I have never in my life heard of a Judgment Day house.
"Most Christians I know have had some kind of Judgment Day experience. It might have been a skit at summer camp, a puppet show at vacation Bible school, or a dramatic encounter with someone ... in a chapel service or on a street corner" (p. 166).Activities in this chapter seems grotesque to me, with the new "converts" soon getting bored because all that's left is to wait around until you die and go to heaven. Just as I said above about a loving God, Rachel wrote:
"My own doubts about Christianity centered around conflicted feelings about heaven and hell as I struggled to reconcile God's goodness with his wrath" (p. 170).So tell us your thoughts about this chapter or pick a question or two or three.
1. What do you think about Judgment Day houses? (pp. 161ff.)
2. Is salvation something that kicks in after death? (p. 173)
3. Was Jesus "born to die"? (p. 173)
4. Was Jesus's purpose simply to alter the afterlife? (p. 174)
5. Do you agree with Rachel that "Jesus also lived to save us from our sins"? (p. 175)
6. What's the difference between that and "Jesus died to save us from our sins"? (p. 175)