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August 30, 2015

Ep.881: Do the Fires of Hell Come From God? (Part III)

Old and New Testament "hell" and the Rich Man and Lazarus

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CHAPTERS

[00:15:36]
Is hell translated incorrectly in the New Testament?


[00:31:50]
What about the rich man being in hell and tormented by flames?


[00:46:54]
More on the rich man and Lazarus


[01:02:20]
Tormented can mean tested or proven, but what about the flames?


[01:18:34]
What about the smoke of their torment rising up forever in Revelation?


Theme Scripture: Acts 3:23

The world is messed up. If you believe in God, then you most likely believe in some sort of ultimate justice system. The question is, what does God’s system of justice consist of – what kind of penalty? For generations, the majority of Christianity has believed in a hell of fire and torment as the answer to this question. However, there is a mountain of biblical evidence to the contrary. On this program, we will embark on Part III of our series that examines this evidence. We will look at some of the really difficult and seemingly contradictory Scriptures that talk about the condition of those who were evil in this life. Do they go to hell? Is there fire and torment in hell?

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Part I focused on the biblical phrase "weeping (or wailing) and gnashing of teeth," with the conclusion that its meaning was focusing on a deep, heartbreaking sorrow and anguish coupled with consternation, anger and pain at a GREAT loss.  This reaction was never applied to any eternal torment or torture - only to the loss of opportunity of God's favor at one time or another.

Part II examined the Greek word Gehenna, meaning the Valley of Hinnom, a word often translated as hellfire. We saw how this valley was used as a garbage dump where fires constantly burned to destroy all therein, and how it symbolized utter and disgraceful destruction.

On Part III, we will examine the word Hades and its Old Testament counterpart, Sheol, often translated hell. What does it mean?  How is it used?

 

2 replies
  1. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Thank you both for this! I really appreciate you going through the Scriptures and the distinction between the Bible and the traditions that are held so close by many.

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

    […] Part 3 — Old and New Testament “hell” and the Rich Man and Lazarus * The world is messed up. If you believe in God, then you most likely believe in some sort of ultimate justice system. The question is, what does God’s system of justice consist of – what kind of penalty? For generations, the majority of Christianity has believed in a hell of fire and torment as the answer to this question. However, there is a mountain of biblical evidence to the contrary. On this program, we will embark on Part III of our series that examines this evidence. We will look at some of the really difficult and seemingly contradictory Scriptures that talk about the condition of those who were evil in this life. Do they go to hell? Is there fire and torment in hell? [Main scriptures examined: Deuteronomy 32:22; 1 Samuel 2:6; Job 14:13; Psalm 9:17; Psalm 16:10; Psalm 55:15; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Hosea 13:14; Matthew 16:18; Luke 16:23; Luke 16:24; Luke 16:24; Acts 2:27; 1 Corinthians 15:55; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 14:10; Revelation 14:11; Revelation 20:10; Revelation 20:13; Revelation 20:14] […]

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