Dale A. Arnold

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Most of us grew up hearing about this really bad place where really bad folks go after they die...It's hot and dark and smells like sulfur. Oh and there is not a drop of water to be found. A place where these bad souls are tortured for all eternity! A place where God is not.

What is interesting is that the ancient Hebrews.... you know the ones that wrote the 5 books of mosses. Well. They have no concept of Hell. At least not like our western view.

You see the books of mosses all deal with life here on the planet.While these books speak of "Sheol","Pit" being "Cut off" these books in no way suggest a place of eternal damnation. In my online search, I found this opinion written by one such Rabbi. {"While this vision of Sheol is rather bleak (setting precedents for later Jewish and Christian ideas of an underground hell) there is generally no concept of judgment or reward and punishment attached to it. In fact, the more pessimistic books of the Bible, such as Ecclesiastes and Job, insist that all of the dead go down to Sheol, whether good or evil, rich or poor, slave or free man (Job 3:11-19).By Rabbi Or N. Rose. This view is confirmed by Rev. Dr. Isaac M. Wise, rabbi from Cincinnati who stated", “That the ancient Hebrews had no knowledge of Hell is evident from the fact that their language has no term for it.”

Sheol to the ancient Hebrews simply meant the grave where all end up.So where and how did this Sheol "grave" turn into our Hell?

One can look at all the written books in scripture and not find this teaching anywhere.Jesus didn't teach it. Paul.Peter nor any other of his followers never thought it! So where did it come from? In my research, I came across this article.".A number of ancient civilizations, including those of Mesopotamia, India, Egypt and Greece held as part of their mythology the concept of an underworld—the realm of the dead. The first-century-B.C.E. Greek geographer and philosopher Strabo discussed the value of such myths, noting that “the states and the lawgivers had sanctioned them as a useful expedient.” He went on to explain that people “are deterred from evil courses when, either through descriptions or through typical representations of objects unseen, they learn of divine punishments, terrors, and threats.” In dealing with the unruly, reason or exhortation alone is not enough, wrote Strabo; “there is need of religious fear also, and this cannot be aroused without myths and marvels. . . . The founders of states gave their sanction to these things as bugbears wherewith to scare the simple-minded” (Geography 1.2.8)....This is most likely where this concept came from. Ancient myths from other civilizations mixed in with the teachings of Christ.Which he never taught.This is an attempt by men who thought God did not go far enough.They wanted or more accurately needed to see people burn and suffer for all eternity. Death was to much of an easy way out of God's {but really man's} judgement.In order to give this concept of hell merit, they constructed another myth.That men are immortal. But that will be for another post.

The concept of hell is an attempt by the church and society to control the masses through fear.Think about it. Who in their right mind would want to go to such a place? With no escape ever! Are we saying that man has more compassion than God? We as corrupt men sentence men to prison. While in prison, we don't treat them inhumanly. We don't torture them. And when they have paid the price we set them free. And in severe cases we execute them humanely. Men step in where they think God hasn't gone far enough.The concept of karma or as the bible calls it" reap what you sow" in their thinking is not enough to keep the masses in line..

God's judgment was and still is "The soul the sins shall die" Ezekiel 18:20... "The wages of sin is death"..Romans 6:23 and Genesis 2:17.

This is not an easy thing for me to say, but hey this is what this site is about right? Seeking truth.I believe the bible teaches that man outside of God's mercy do just that they Die.They don't go anywhere.Hell or any place else. Jesus called it sleep. And yeah there will be judgment and that judgment was put on us in genesis .If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die." Genesis 2:17. " And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment."Hebrews 9:27. This judgement is Death. They cease to exist! "By God’s infinite wisdom and mercy, those who will not submit to His Law and government will be no more—as if they never existed. They will not roast forever in an ever-burning hell."

Some will say to vanquish the concept of Hell is to condemn men to it. But this statement is it self-revealing.

Why do you feel that the fear of eternal damnation is the tool God has given to us the call men into His kingdom? Should it not be the beauty of His kingdom itself?