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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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?
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?