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Was Hell just a rubbish tip?

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posted on Oct, 26 2008 @ 06:43 AM
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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 indescribable?
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.




posted on Oct, 27 2008 @ 05:13 AM
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Originally posted by Supercertari
How do you describe the indescribable? By analogy.


exactly, which is why jesus used a symbol of destruction to describe everlasting destruction, not torture



posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 10:32 AM
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It is said that Jesus ONLY spoke in parables, when he was teaching.

Parable = Analogy, back in the day


Therefor, nothing Jesus spoke should be taken at literal value. We should always look for a deeper meaning, while comparing the parable to the nuances of the time period.

When you think about it, this type of thing seems true of MOST of the greatest teachers. It is hard to teach esoteric lessons by speaking literally. You have to steer the students mind in the right direction - down the right path - so that they can discover the meaning and the answer on their own...



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