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June 07, 2015

Ep.869: Do the Fires of Hell Come From God? (Part I)

Defining "weeping and gnashing of teeth"

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CHAPTERS

[00:14:56]
Some who experience this loss end up in outer darkness - what does that mean?


[00:31:27]
What is the historical source of eternal punishment?


[00:46:55]
What about the phrase weeping and gnashing of teeth?


[01:01:06]
What about being cut asunder? Doesn't that show torment?


[01:17:41]
Why didn't God explain hellfire to his chosen people?


Theme Scripture: Acts 3:23

Christianity is all about salvation in Christ Jesus, but it is also about judgment and accountability for wrongdoing. All Christians believe that Jesus clearly addressed both the salvation and judgment, but we are widely divided on what he meant by his words. Did Jesus teach that all who do not accept him are doomed to eternity in the ravaging and torturous fires of an ever-burning hell or did Jesus teach that the ultimate consequence for those who do not either now or later accept him is eternal death? Certain phrases like "weeping and gnashing of teeth" and "outer darkness" imply something terrible is waiting for those who sin in this lifetime. This 3-part series takes a look at difficult texts and puts them into their proper context. Click here for Episode 876 Part 2 and Episode 881 Part 3.

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3 replies
  1. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    What kind of garbage would the Israelites have to burn in Gehenna in Jesus’ day? Used Paper products, food containers, plastic or glass refuse, fast food packaging, grass clippings… all that is pertinent to our trashy era!

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    • JJudge
      JJudge says:

      Old cloth, food waste, the bodies of dead animals, and the destitute that could not afford a burial plot, IF I remember my Early Israel course right…

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  1. Do the Fires of Hell Come From God? (Christian Questions Radio) | Life Now and Hereafter says:

    […] Part 1 — Defining “weeping and gnashing of teeth” * Christianity is all about salvation in Christ Jesus, but it is also about judgment and accountability for wrongdoing. All Christians believe that Jesus clearly addressed both the salvation and judgment, but we are widely divided on what he meant by his words. Did Jesus teach that all who do not accept him are doomed to eternity in the ravaging and torturous fires of an ever burning hell or did Jesus teach that the ultimate consequence for those who do not either now or later accept him is eternal death? [Main scriptures discussed: Matthew 8:12; Matthew 13:40; Matthew 13:42; Matthew 22:13; Matthew 13:50; Matthew 24:51; Matthew 25:30; Luke 13:28.] […]

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