Posts Tagged ‘lake of fire’

Exploring Hell – Part 4

Friday, August 13th, 2010 by Jason Wermuth

In the previous three posts we have been discussing hell from the Old Testament, the Second Temple Period and from the Gospels. In this final post I want to conclude with some thoughts on what the rest of the New Testament has to say about hell. As we saw in post 3, Jesus certainly taught that there will be a place of judgment for those who are sinners. That place is primarily referred to as Gehenna by Jesus, which was a valley known for death and agony. In the rest of the New Testament there is hardly any mention of hell. In the Pauline Epistles, hell is almost completely absent aside from a few allusions.

In James we have one mention of hell with reference to what will happen to those whose tongues run unbridled.

And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell (James 3:6).

As with Jesus’ use of the phrase in the gospels, James here uses the word Gehenna. It is not clear what he is envisioning when he says this, but it appears that James is using this term in a manner similar to the way Jesus used it. Namely as a phrase to denote a real punishment that will take place, in this case for those who use their tongues violently.

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Exploring Hell – Part 1

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 by Jason Wermuth

Over the past few weeks I have received many comments from people chiding me to provide a bit more depth in my treatment of the question of hell. I must confess, however, that writing anything about a subject so terrifying and controversial is daunting, but I feel compelled to lay some of my views out there and then engage in the dialogue. Before I enter into this in a bit more depth, I want to say that by no means am I an expert on the subject, but as all Christians must, I have been wrestling with the concept of hell for quite some time  and I am still working out my views on the matter. Thus, while I am presenting a very concise description of my views of hell in what will follow, I am open and flexible to changing that opinion as I dialogue with others. This post will be a series of posts over the next few weeks, as it will take quite a bit of extra space to present my ideas in a clear and hopefully cogent way.

In my previous post on hell I laid out a few of the more prevalent views and asked posters to comment on where they fell in this theological discussion. The views listed were as follows: Read the rest of this entry »