"It's hotter than Hades out there."
We throw around that phrase a lot this time of year in Southeastern North Carolina.
But when it comes down to a belief in a place of eternal punishment or hell - where do you stand?
A new documentary about the differing views of hell called "Hellbound?" showed at an Atlanta film festival in June. It questions the existence of hell and wonders who will end up there and why. Catch it in theaters in the fall.
"Hell and Mr. Fudge" is also making the film festival circuit this summer. The documentary chronicles the Rev. Edward Fudge's theological struggle with the concept of hell and how his conclusions affected his early preaching career.
In 2011, a former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church, Rob Bell, wrote a book questioning the conventional attitudes toward hell called "Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived."
In a direct response to Bell's book, in 2011, the Southern Baptist Convention voted to reaffirm, "our belief in the biblical teaching on eternal, conscious punishment of the unregenerate in hell."
What is your take on eternal punishment?