What do you guys think about devices such as Judgment House, Hell House, or "scaremare" types of activities at H'ween?
This is a topic that has upset some folks on my hs group, since there are few of us Orthodox, and a whole heapin load of protestants. Since I come from the protestant background, and I worked with the scaremare theatrics for a time-I can understand their efforts. HOwever, it just sits wrong with me. Yet, you can't argue with a protestant as to the validity of a "salvation by terror" approach-they feel that a person obviously must have needed this format. Of course, they also feel salvation is a "switch" to be flipped one time as well.
This is what protestants do to "be active" in their faith. they set up horrific theatrical presentations of a very real place (hell) that local folks are going to go to if they don't straighten up and accept Jesus (and show up with tithes at church). They use airplane crash scenes, abortion scenes, scenes straight out of horror flicks, as awful as the times in which they are performed. I have no doubt it's changed since I was involved in the 80's. The thing is, people today need more to be actually shocked and awed by, as gore and death are now rampant parts of entertainment year round. Does being terrified like this make for a real "conversion?" even in the protestant sense.?
When the few of us ORthodox speak up about living out our faith in daily action, it's equated to the same thing as working in one of these church sponsored devices. We can't get any consistent involvement that actually does a bit of good, yet we are accused of being devisive.