Yes, wonderful promise. This is then used as an example of a future judgment. Neither says anything about eternal punishment being only temporary. There are many ideas and misconceptions about what it is and what happens there from ideas of red devils with horns and pitchforks to believing that there is no such place as Are you serious? Gehenna was originally a location southwest of Jerusalem where children were burned as sacrifices to the god Molech. When Jesus spoke of Gehenna, his hearers would think of the valley of rotting, worm-infested garbage, where the fire always burned, smoke always lingered, and if the wind blew just right, a smell that sickened the sense wafted in the air.” (pp. You are confusing the matters under discussion at the time whith what others wrote at other times. In Luke 16:26 Abraham explains why he can't send Lazarus to the rich man with a few drops of water. Topheth was also called the Valley of Ben Hinnom (Hebrew) and was also known as Gehenna (Greek). Gregory of Nyssa, another prominent teacher of universalism, drafted the part of the Nicean creed dealing with the trinity. And it is obviously contradicting the parable to consider what could happen after the feast for if the kingdom is like that feast and there would be an afterwards, it would no longer be eternal. It is retributive and vindictive. You are simply ignoring these. Same with "aionian life". It will not end, it will just no longer pertain to an 'aion' or time period. OR look at a verse like this and at least rethink the idea that worms die and fires are quenched ὅπου ὁ σκώληξ αὐτῶν οὐ τελευτᾷ καὶ τὸ πῦρ οὐ σβέννυται. You however are reading things into the words "aion" and "aionian". What church are you talking about? Jude says Sodom and Gomorrah undergo vengeance in "eternal fire", and Ezekiel says that Sodom and her daughters will one day be restored to their former estate. You claim that Jude talks about Sodom suffering eternal fire but that's not the clear reading of the text. For all those who think that the 2 times eternal in Mat.25:46 must be the same is talking nonsense,in 5 other verses it also happens and in those it cannot be the same at all.Romans 16:25-26 and Titus 1:2 and Galatians 1:4-5 and Ephesians 3:9-11 and 1 Timotheüs 6:17-19 So how you explain that hell is pagan nonsense God is love!!! Indeed, there is no reason to search further for ancient burning piles of discarded newspapers, product packaging, and junk mail. These words can be used to describe something that is eternal, but this meaning has to be derived from the object they are used in conjunction with. Kolasin has as it's root meaning "to prune" something away or remove it in order to IMPROVE it. One is that the age-during is modified by what it refers to. In New Testament times, it was a trash dump where Jerusalem’s garbage was deposited and burned. "Worms" in Isaiah 66:24 is towlah, and Gesenius notes that this word is especially used to denote worms that feed on FLESH, although it is also used to talk about worms in bread and the worm that killed Jonah's shade plant. Seems a little disproportionate to me. I have seen one in Chennai. Out of six major "seminaries" …". There is BTW no clear verse saying that the kingdom would have an end, many things that speak against it. The doors were certainly locked as long as the wedding feast endures. It says it is "not quenched". by DrHeiser | Apr 7, 2011 | AAG, Afterlife / Sheol / Hades, Ancient Sites & Archaeology, NakedBible, New Testament | 6 | That’s the title of this worthwhile post from Todd Bolen. A longer one, written by Sinclair Ferguson: Universalism and The Reality of Eternal Punishment: The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of Eternal Punishment. City officials occasionally sought to get rid of the garbage and also cover the stench by igniting the refuse on fire. Todd Bolen, in an article about the significance of Gehenna in the New Testament, claimed that it represents “the place of everlasting fiery torment.” He suggested that the idea that Gehenna was a garbage dump with fires continually burning, has little or no archeological nor literary evidence to support it. It is never connected to any words denoting the length of time it is to be inflicted. Steve Dresselhaus February 24, 2013. Jesus used this Greek word for hell. 1200 AD). The New Jerusalem will contain people body and soul living in space in time, with God in happiness for all eternity. The chastisement is in reference to the Second Death, which can't be eternal if we are to take any of the passages about death itself being destroyed literally. New garbage was piled on top of the old decaying garbage: rotting fish, slimy vegetation, decaying human refuse of every imaginable sort. Out of six major "seminaries" in the early church, four taught universal salvation, one taught annihilation (Ephesus)and one taught eternal punishment (Rome). That’s the earliest reference we have to it- a Rabbi writing in the middle ages from Europe, not Israel, some 1100 years after Jesus was born. Some people use this historical tidbit to make a point either to paint a picture how foul, vivid and terrible hell would be, or alternately to suggest that there is no eternal hell, and the references Jesus makes to the fires of hell and torment was simply a reference to this burning trash pile. Read More. No one. That part of the verse could be left off and the last part of the verse would be sufficient to finish answering why the rich man's request could not be granted. UPDATE (4/29): The views of various scholars on the matter is presented in a new post. Even the bodies of dead animals and unburied criminals were brought here. The pictures on this website are copyrighted and may be used only with permission. In any case, Gregory Naziznen was allowed to preside over that council. (v.23) Who is it that is going to go out of the city and look at the worm-eaten, burning bodies? Regarding individuals, councils excommunicated those that refused to accept a definition reached (or for crimes i.e. Still, a city the size of Jerusalem needed a dump. If all men could be saved, it would be great, but we are long past this (let alone all creatures). Finally, you are also mistaken about time and the eternal life. The Hinnom Garbage Dump Almost all sources agree that the section of the valley of Hinnom immediately outside of the temple area was used as a garbage dump. And why should it? The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.951 billion Gehennians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live … The interpretive contortions the universalists and eternal tormenters engaged in made my head hurt! Because the church is not a "club for solving real and apparent biblical contradictions", it is not a "bible study club". "Everlasting is only aionios in Greek, so that everlasting hell becomes only age-during garbage dump". It was like the time of the reproach of the daughters of Syria and all those around her, and of jthe daughters of the Philistines, who despise you everywhere. Isaiah 30:33 (HCSB) — Indeed! Certainly they produced less waste than a modern city. It can't. What church are you talking about? Rather than restate much that has been said before, let me just point you and any interested readers to a couple of articles on the issue of eternal punishment (which was not the subject of this post). These cookies do not store any personal information. If it is Isaiah, then you cannot take this prophet to invalidate what Christ himself taught. Then he quotes Peter Head, G. R. Beasley-Murray, and Lloyd Bailey in tracing the origin of this notion to Rabbi David Kimchi in AD 1200. I have long wanted to do a little work to debunk the endlessly repeated myth that the Hinnom Valley (Gehenna) was a perpetually burning trash dump. There is no way shape or form that you can make Jude utter universalist theology. (And note: it's a parable, a story with a lesson, not necessarily a description of actual conditions in the after-life, especially when you become too technical. Even if they are used to describe God as "the aionian God" they do not have to mean eternal. Words can indeed mean different things at different times, with different context and different people. It is never used by Jesus, and is only found in three places in the new testament, Acts 22:5 and 26:11 where Paul is talking about his 'punishment' of Christians before his conversion, and in Hebrews 10:29 where the context again is between those who adhere to the old covenant in opposition to the new, only this time the tables are turned. Romans 5:18-21 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. 24 “And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”, "If it was clearly taught in scripture, why was no council convened to condemn the heresy of universal salvation …". The three offenses are being angry without a cause, calling someone 'raca', and calling someone 'fool'. 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