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Having covered the Old Testament and the Gospels, it's high time we finish this series on Hell off with a look at what the rest of the New Testament has to say about it. The shocking truth is: not a lot.
Having covered the remarkably few mentions of Hell in the other Gospels, we now turn our attention to the book of Matthew. In stark contrast to the other Gospels, Matthew seems absolutely chock full of Hell. This, in itself, raises an issue: if an understanding of Hell is so important, and Jesus's mission on Earth … Continue reading Hell in Matthew
Having looked at the Old Testament's treatment of Hell, or rather the lack of Hell in the Old Testament, I will now turn to the New Testament; Investigating the teaching on Hell in the Gospels.
Here I introduce the idea of Hell I will be dealing with and to look at how the subject was treated in the Old Testament.
Fear of Hell tortures multitudes of people. From the devout, to the deconverting, to the nominal believer, to the completely unreligious who still have some little flicker of fear in the back of their minds, the threat of eternal, conscious, fiery torment hangs over people's hearts and minds. If I can unpick and unpack this threat in order to expose it as false, unfounded, and untenable, perhaps I can help to alleviate those fears and bring peace to those afraid to take the next step away from their abusive relationship with faith.
The difficulty with all of this is that this mild fascination with all things gently spooky coincided with my conversion to evangelical Christianity. Suddenly there was a whole bunch of stuff I wasn't supposed to be interested in because it was "dark."
The Jesus we see in the New Testament is a false prophet as described by the very book that is supposed to reveal him as God.
Imagine my surprise when a textbook, for a biblical interpretation (hermeneutics) class, in an MA degree program, at a devout evangelical college, told me the difficult truth that the Bible was not reliable.
Deconstructing Christian theology doesn't make sense unless you understand the place the Bible occupies in the Christian world. Just as the Bible de-railed my faith, so to it de-railed my post.