© Barry Tattersall, Geelong, Victoria, Australia


Still to come.


As the Principal of a Christian Boarding School several decades ago, I taught a Bible Study class to students and staff every Wednesday evening.
Each second year we would study the Book of Revelation, as eschatology (the study of last things or end times) had become an urgent interest to many Christians as the year 2000 began to loom on the not-too-distant horizon.

I am not sure we fully or even correctly answered many of the great questions that were being asked at that time, but we had lots of lively discussion and learnt so much about the Bible and its major themes.

My sons were students in those classes and one of them, who continued to live close to us after he married and began his own family, asked if I could find my old “Revelation notes” as he wanted to study the subject again.
We decided instead to start a fresh study together one evening a week and invited a few others we knew would be interested.

In those studies we raised some very profound questions about the end times destination of various groups of people.
One of these was, “What happens to those who have never heard about Jesus?”

Although this was raised within the context of our “end times” studies, it soon took on a life of its own.
So it wasn’t long before we digressed into a full study of God’s plan of salvation, putting “end times” on the back-burner for a while.

In my much younger years, I had been taught that all unbelievers in Jesus Christ, regardless of why they were so, would go to a place called hell to be tormented forever.

This seemed grossly unfair to me, but we had somehow overlooked that ethical concern to remain “true to the faith”.
It seemed even more strange that this outcome of endless torment was said to be under the supervision of a God of unconditional and unfailing love.

We agreed that something was terribly wrong with what I had been taught — about the future, about God, or about both.