The Road to Hell

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Sounds like something a really judgmental grandmother would say. But… it’s a proverb. Another way of saying it is “Hell is full of good meanings, but Heaven is full of good works.”

The idea (which is more obvious in the latter) is that those who meant to do good but never did, will end up in hell. Those who do good, however, will rise to heaven in all their glory.

Makes sense.

hellWhen I first heard this quote I thought of even another meaning. Those who do bad deeds with good intentions are going to hell. Say, I punch you in the face because you hurt my child. Now, I was trying to defend my child (good intention) but I committed a rueful act (punching you in the face)… and, even if you deserved it, I’m going to hell.

I’m not sure it’s quite as cut and dried as that. I do bad things for good reasons all the time! And… I do good things for bad reasons! Where’s the proverb on that one? Anyone? Yes, if you do charitable work for the credit or post on social media of your church event because you want people to know how devoted you are, (when in fact you’re too busy taking selfies and gossiping about the majority of the congregation’s fashion choices to actually be devoted), I’d say that the road to hell is paved with that as well.

In conclusion, I believe the road to hell is paved with a lot of different materials, a mosaic, so to speak. So we all need to stop acting like judgmental grandmas because it’s quite possible we carry some of those materials as well.

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