posted on Feb, 15 2009 @ 03:35 AM
What is Hell?
the common perception is that hell is a place that people who dont meet up to god's standard go. sometimes this place is depicted as fiery and
torturous, some just depict it as dark and cold, symbolizing alienation from god.
this beliefs is completely dependent on the belief of an immortal soul, this concept that when we die, we merely shed the flesh and ascend to a
different plane of existence.
by examining the scriptures, i hope to show what the bible really says about death and "hell", and to show just how dangerous belief in "hellfire"
ADAM AND EVE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO DIE
gen 2: And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
several things about this scripture clear up alot of things. first was that adam was formed of the dust, not that god made him a body from the dust.
also not that adam became a living soul, not that he was given one.
this tells us that adam did no exist before this moment. in other words this was the definitive first moments of adam. it cannot be said that adam was
an angel who was put into a human body. the significance of this will be explained in a moment.
gen 2:  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
so god lays down the first command. he also states the consequence of breaking this command which is death. now most people who believe in the whole
heaven and hell afterlife model read this scripture and move on. but actually is quite significant.
notice the consequence is death. now if god right from the beginning purposed man to live on earth and then die and then either go to heaven or hell,
why would god state death as a consequence? death would be a natural thing wouldnt it? another interesting paradox is that adam would have to sin in
order to get into heaven. this is because from the context, if adam had obeyed that command, then he wouldnt have died would he?
by god saying that you would surely die, we can only assume that he meant exactly and literally what he said, which is that adam would die. just like
a rock is "dead" so adam would become.
at this point people might say, miriam, your putting words in god's mouth, thats just your interpretation.
nope, because god himself uses a similar illustration to explain this to adam.
gen 3: In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou
art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
notice, "for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return". god is actually explaining to adam what death will be like using something that adam
knows. he knows that he didnt exist before had "birth" or "creation". and now god is telling him that he will return to that condition. there is
no mention of his "soul" or essence surviving. adam sinned and his punishment was death. this adam alive in some form today? no.
so heres a question, if nonexistence is waited for adam and eve for sinning, why did they sin?
gen 3: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath
God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye
 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
there are several possibilities to what the serpent is saying here. one is that he is simply saying they wont die. they'll eat the fruit and become
like god's but they wont die. the other is that this is the beginning of a concept of an afterlife. in other words he's telling them that they wont
die, but instead they will change. the bible simply doesnt say.
what we do know is that the serpent is lying. this lie has be present throughout human history. the world's religions constantly teach that death is
not what we think it is. from babylon to our time organized religion has taught us that death is nothing more than a change. it takes different forms
like reincarnation, or transcendence but its still the same lie, "ye shall not surely die"
thats why hellfire doctrine is so dangerous, one is taking sides with the serpent.