SHOCKED BY SNEAKY MESSAGE OF HELLFIRE
ON Saturday, August 6 my wife and I were going to London by train and I picked up a copy of the Metro newspaper from the pile in the rack outside Chesham station to take with us.
When I opened it, out fell a small piece of paper about 4in x 2in, which had been carefully inserted. This I found to be a photocopied religious tract entitled “Beyond and Back,” describing the pain and horrors of hell fire awaiting the reader.
I was not amused and thought that some people could have been very disturbed by it.
I wondered how it had got there and whether I was the only recipient or if it had been planted in all of the copies at Chesham station, or even more widely distributed?
I have written to the Metro publishers in case it had been done by an insider, though I doubt that.
As a Christian, I reject this sort of shock messaging which is cowardly, offensive and at best counterproductive.
The writer seemed to be relishing the prospect of eternal suffering for the reader whom he/she addressed as “Dear friend” and included nothing about God’s love as shown in Jesus and the message of Christmas and Easter, which makes me think that it did not come from a nominally Christian source at all.
If anyone else encountered this item or could identify the perpetrator and help prevent the offence being repeated, it would be good.
The name Maurice S. Rawlings M.D. was given at the top in miniscule print, though he may not be the author or the distributor.
Whoever it is, perhaps he/she would do the honourable thing and come forward with an apology, though I think it likely that the place he/she feels so keenly about would have frozen over first.”