An image from the 12th century "Jigoku Zoshi (Hell Scroll)" located at the Nara National Museum in Japan. It depicts a Japanese Buddhist version of Hell. The primary difference between Buddhist versions of Hell and Christian versions of Hell has to do with their different conceptions of time. Buddhist regard time as circular, so stays … Continue reading Hell from a Buddhist Perspective
"And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." (Matthew 16:18) And I tell you that interacting with contemporary Pagans has given me greater appreciation for just how often the messianic Jews of the New Testament encountered and … Continue reading Greek Mythology in the New Testament
Jesus said: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to." So lets confess where we've messed up okay?
“Just as the doctrine of creation affirms that God made us free and the doctrine of redemption says that this freedom of sin was what led agape to the cross, the doctrine of hell lets sin free, finally and irrevocably, to choose separation from God. Only by respecting this freedom to the bitter end can … Continue reading Yoder on Universalism
Rob Bell has a few people screaming
In the wake of the Christocentric universalism controversy sparked off by Rob Bell, I am reminded of these comments from Bryan Stone in his book, Evangelism after Christendom: "One of the persistent features of Constantinianism ... is that, by diminishing the distinction between church and world, the church refuses to allow the world to disbelieve. One way … Continue reading Universalism and the Constantinian Urge
This evening I was dwelling on hell. The word “hell” is used 54 times in the Bible. It is translated from several different words with different shades of meaning. In the Old Testament: 31 times from the Hebrew “Sheol,” which means “the grave.” In the New Testament: 10 times from the Greek “Hades,” which also … Continue reading 12 bible versus from Hell
I was asked about hell again last week, about what I thought, and about other religions. To be honest I am always very wary about talking about hell, not least because there are so many Dante-esque myths floating around that its virtually guaranteed that people will here me saying what I am not saying. So … Continue reading Talking about Hell
Hell is virtually a taboo topic these days. We avoid it because we've been angered, even enraged, by people who used it as a weapon against us. We avoid it because we want no one to mistakenly associate us with such people. We avoid it because it raises uncomfortable questions. But you know, I find … Continue reading Why don’t we talk about hell anymore?
I have always appreciated the teaching of N T Wright and here he speak on hell and some of the myths about it. What are your thoughts? Personally I think there are a lot of myths floating around about hell in popular culture, myths that have little foundation biblically, myths that owe more to Pagan, Gnostic … Continue reading What Is Hell Like? Does It Even Exist?
I have been meaning to write something about hell here for a while, with it being such a thorny issue and all, so when the subject came up on the Salem Gathering forum this afternoon I thought I'd cross post some of my thoughts back here. The conversation is still ongoing, so bear in mind … Continue reading Considering Hell