posted on Jul, 19 2013 @ 05:32 AM
Its an issue that smacks the church and causes unbelievers blood to boil, literally
but I have a suspicion it could be wrong
I doubt hell is eternal (for humanity) and I will tell you why.
Eternal life is not a Hebrew belief , The Sadducees didn't believe in the afterlife?
The Greeks taught eternal life not the Jews, this eternal damnation for humanity may have come in through the Greek beliefs.
Adam and Eve were removed from the garden (yes I believe the earth is 6 to 8 thousand years old, sue me) so they couldnt access the tree of life.
22...“Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life,
and eat, and live forever”—
"So He drove the man out; and at the east of the Garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard
the way to the tree of life," (Gen. 3:24).
I believe in a hell with an consuming fire, evil will be consumed and punishment metered out, its just not eternal punishment (cept for the fallen
ones of the spirit world)
Chaff is used as a metaphor for sinners, chaff burned is lost. Consumed by fire.
Consumed means to be finished, nothing left. Another way sinners are described as brought to destruction; destruction is explained as; bring to
12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the granary, but the chaff he will burn with
The fire seems unquenchable but the chaff will be brought to nothing-gone.
The Hebrew seems clear that those outside of Christ will be utterly destroyed and eternal life is only in Jesus. John 3:36 says,
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on
John 3:16 says
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Eternal destruction is eternal nothing, after judgement and punishment.
Now some will say eternal fires of hell...true, but
"And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than
having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the eternal fire," (Matt. 18:8)
For me that states that hell is eternal, not that human suffering in hell is. Satan and his minions have the pleasure of hells eternal punishment,
maybe not humans.
I am sure some have heard this before but I am new to it.
Now I am not selling this, it is something I heard and was interested in. It sounds plausible.
Comments arguments and theories?