Hellbound?

The gospel song “This Train Is Bound for Glory” has grabbed the imagination of generations of North American Christians steeped in a theology of heaven. Imagining a heaven of such glorious magnitude and continual happiness assumes a hell that is by contrast painfully punishing and eternally damning.

The documentary film Hellbound? seeks to unearth the range of interpretations among Christians in the 21st century. Is hell a metaphor or an actual place? Canadian director and filmmaker Kevin Miller boldly takes on the views of Christians regarding hell.

Miller carries us from footage and interviews of placard-carrying, hell-promising Christians taken at the 9/11 memorial to the more generous theologies that open the door for second chances and all-embracing salvation. The film shows that much of our understanding of hell is tied up in tradition and Bosch-like images rather than in the words of Scripture, few and short on specifics as those words may be.

Wherever you find yourself theologically on this subject, this film encourages a thoughtful reading of Scripture, a consideration of how we land on our interpretations, and an engagement of the generosity of God’s grace and salvation. On disc now. (Kevin Miller XI Productions)

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a teacher/librarian in Langley, British Columbia.

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