THO'TS ON HELL-1
The New Testament renders three Greek words as "hell".
(a) "Hades", Luke 16:23 (the words of Jesus).
(b) "Gehenna", Matthew 23:33 (Jesus, speaking to scribes and
(c)"Tartarus", 2 Peter 2:4. Nothing in the context
of these verses sounds like this is a place one would desire
to spend eternity in. All verses refer to a place.
I'm sure some people have become calloused by it's frequent
uses by folk in this world. Some have misused it and others
have overused it. Some have lied about it's use in the
Bible, others have used it carelessly.
I grew up in my early formative years in the 30's, and 40's.
It was common in our 'neck of the woods' to say to someone
we disagreed with to 'go to hell!!'. Some called it 'cussin',
but it was more serious than they could possibly imagine. It
involved a WISH, and a bad one at that. It is a directive, but
the 'cusser' was helpless to enforce compliance.
Any passages of the only Book, that is authoritative on
the subject, reveals it is not ours to consign someone to hell.
Nor will He comply with our wish for them to go to hell.
Let's lightly consider the texts cited: Luke 16:19-23, says
of the selfish man, "....hell he lifted up his eyes being in
torments . . .". Would we wish that upon even our worst neighbor?
will our wish be what puts anyone there? Matthew 23:33 "ye
serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation
Strong words by One (Jesus) who knows the heart
of all men. 2 Peter 2:4 and 9: "For if God spared not the
angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, . . .". The Lord
knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,and to
reserve the unjust to be punished:". Who would want to face
such a future? Jesus stands ready to forgive them of their sins.
THINK - - - ACCEPT HIM - - - THEN THANK HIM! DDH.
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