posted on Oct, 26 2008 @ 06:43 AM
I do want to come back to this thread as it has some fascinating issues but addressing the OP I would ask, to illustrate my point, "Is heaven just a
banquet?" In Christ's use of the place Gehenna is it similar to His use of the His use of a banquet as a figurative way of describing the
His audience would have been familiar with the joys and delights of a banquet, could easily imagine it as an image approaching a description of
paradise. In the same way they could understand the notion of Gehenna as a place not only of continually burning rubbish but also a place where the
criminal is robbed of their identity with their bodies being disposed there and with its history of child-sacrifice to Moloch. Both the banquet and
Gehennah are analogies used throughout the Old Testament for heaven and hell so accessible to His audience.
How do you describe the indescribable? By analogy. And this is not purely a religious phenomena if we look at science today and the efforts to
describe sub-atomic particles and their actions we use phrases such as “colour”, “charm”, “strangeness,” and “beauty” to describe
properties which have no counterpart in everyday experience.