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  1. Grahame Smith says

    As usual Jeremy your spot on with your decoding of the notion of hell based on the use of true biblical interpretation. The Jews ignored his warning and the Romans decimated Jerusalem when they rebelled in AD 70 killing a stagering million people. And dumped their bodies in gehenna valley. Then the other message you highlight is the fact Jesus stated hell is now and not in the afterlife…… hell is in the lives of people then and today and the future if they dont seek a relationship with him. Strife and violence dominates. Thank you for that. Its changed my entire thinking about hell and eternal punishment.

  2. Mike says

    Fantastic article on a topic so critical to understanding God’s true nature. So very thought provoking! Look forward to reading your book.

  3. Bill Kalivas says

    I believe this! A whole religion is built around the notion that those not saved or that have never herd of Jesus would end up in this eternal burning hell. (Gehenna) How many little children have been threatened by their parents with eternal punishment? It’s a terrible, evil doctrine. It seems you’ve done a decent job of dispelling it.

    Thank You,
    Bill Kalivas

  4. Paul Lutton says

    Thank you for these useful comments. I have realised the truth of this for years. Having been brought up in an orthodox evangelical assembly it would be obvious as a young Christian I would accept what I was being taught, however as time went on through the help of others and my own studies I was enlightened by the Holy Spirit as to the error of what I had received as truth.

    How harmful to the true character of God these “orthodox” teachings are, He becomes an ogre, a monster who seems set to torment sinners who do not repent and it would seem from the preaching of some actually enjoys it.

    As you have pointed out we need to be careful with these words “Sheol”, “Gehenna”, “Hades”, “Tartaroo”, and if we are not then we will fall into all sorts of error.

    The God I know is loving, kind, forgiving and ready to pardon. Certainly there is an awful destiny awaiting Christ rejectors, namely “the second death” but this is not the “eternal conscious punishment” of the “traditionalist”.

    The great hope of the believer is resurrection if he/she should die and we know that there will be a resurrection of the “just” and of the “unjust”, the judgement of the latter being the Great White Throne where Christ Himself will be judge.

    My thanks again for this useful information.

    Paul Northern Ireland

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