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Archive for the ‘Heaven and Hell’ Category

Bible Verses on Sheol, Hades, Hell and The Lake of Fire

Posted on: October 17th, 2010 by Matt No Comments

 The Bible uses several different words and concepts for the place(s) people go to after death.

In the Old Testament the word is “Sheol.” Before Jesus’ death and resurrection, unbelievers and believers both went to Sheol. Luke 16 shows that the righteous and unrighteous dead did not ‘mix’ in Sheol: there was a great ‘gulf’ or separation (16:23) between them.

Sheol and Hades are the same place. Acts 2:27 – which uses the Greek word for Hades, is a quote of Psalm 16:10 which uses the Hebrew word for “Sheol.”

I believe the Bible teaches that Sheol and Hades are the same place (compare Acts 2:27 and Psalm 16:10).

I also believe that Gehenna (Hell) is the same place as the Lake of Fire.

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Universalism and The Threat of Hell:Will Everyone Eventually Be Saved?

Posted on: October 17th, 2010 by Matt No Comments

Article by Paul Helm

University Of Liverpool

Those who have held that all men will finally be saved have often believed that this follows logically from the character of God. They have held that since God is essentially and omnipotently loving it follows that he could not allow any human being to suffer an eternity of torments in hell. For such Christians there is a serious stumbling block, namely those sayings of Jesus recorded in the Gospels which unequivocally speak of an eternal separation between the saved and the damned. How often the sayings of Jesus say or imply this is open to dispute, but that some of them do (e.g. Matt 25:41, 46) is beyond question.

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Is Hell Forever?

Posted on: October 17th, 2010 by Matt No Comments

Is Hell Forever?


by Millard J. Erickson

[Millard J. Erickson is Research Professor of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.]

[This is the third and final article in the series, “The Destiny of the Unevangelized,” delivered by the author as the W. H. Griffith Thomas Lectures at Dallas Theological Seminary, February 8–11, 1994.]

The view known as annihilationism holds that at some point human beings cease to exist. Annihilationism takes one of three forms.1

1. Pure mortalism is the idea that human life is inseparably bound up with the human organism. Thus with the death and dissolution of that organism, the person also passes out of existence. This understanding that annihilation applies to all persons is not commonly found within Christian theologies.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Hell

Posted on: January 6th, 2010 by Matt 2 Comments

Why there has to be a place of eternal punishment.

Contemplating the horrible consequences for His unrepentant people, Jesus wept: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem . . . how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing" (Mt. 23:37). Likewise, the Apostle Paul solemnly cried out, "I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race" (Ro. 9:2–3).

Contemplating eternal separation from God——namely, "hell"——is a horrible reality. No wonder many unbelievers deny its existence and even some believers at times doubt it.

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The Horrible Doctrine

Posted on: January 6th, 2010 by Matt No Comments

How can a good and loving God condemn people to hell?

"The idea of hell was born of revenge and brutality on the one side, and cowardice on the other…. I have no respect for any human being who believes in it … I dislike this doctrine, I hate it, I despise it, I defy this doctrine…. This doctrine of hell is infamous beyond all power to express."

So said Colonel Robert Ingersoll, one of the nineteenth century’s most fervent opponents of Christ, Christianity, and hell. Though one may rail, rant, rebel, or rally against it, hell stands like a monolithic tombstone in Scripture. It is mentioned on more pages of the Bible than heaven. Obviously, the Spirit of God is telling us something crucial.

Yet, the doctrine of hell poses questions that have run theologians from ragged to apostate.

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My Visit To Hell – A Novel

Posted on: February 10th, 2008 by Matt No Comments

Hell!

Hell is a subject that is not discussed much in our Churches today.  Many  have rejected it and try to persuade others that it doen’t exist.  Some say “God is too loving to send someone to hell!  I say…. God is too loving to force someone to endure Heaven who would hate it there.

I decided to write on this subject after reading a novel by Paul Thigpen called “My Visit To  Hell” (This is an updated version of his novel called: Gehenna.”).

I rarely read novels (maybe one per year), but I highly recommend this one.

The novel is sort of a modern version of Dantes Inferno.  In fact, Dante is referred to several times during the book.

Basic Synopsis:

I don’t want to give too much away about the book but here are some highlights:

The main character, Thomas, is a liberal seminary professor who professes to be an agnostic.  He does not believe in the Bible let alone in a literal Hell. After arriving in Hell, Tom is escorted through the various levels and rings of hell by “Miss C” (his nickname for her). During the time he spends traveling, dodging and hiding from Demons, he comes to a much greater understanding of Hell and its occupants. He both comes to understand God’s Justice and God’s Love.

While the book is a novel, it will really cause you to rethink your views on Hell and the eternal consequences of our actions here on earth. The time we live is short compared to the time many will spend following their choice: separation from God and His Love!

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