Our Relationship to ‘Hell’: A Postmodern Reformative Outlook of Hope
False beliefs abound even in the leaderships of the churches. Dante’s Novelism has bled into the popular, generalizable beliefs of the Church (all of the Churches together). This is not a belief comporting with the New Testament, springing as it does from medieval eschatological beliefs - it is in a word: Paganism.
This requires not Schism but put of Gentle reform of our churches (Gentle yet Radical - in seizing false belief by the ‘root’ in order to weed it out).
By the book of Revelation we know that there is a dimension and place called Heaven, more accurately a place which is a dimension. Same way that there is a dimensional place called Hell. But what the churches are radically wrong about is what our relationship (being two thousand years past the Christ Event, past the dawn of new creation) to these places is. And NT Wright makes it crystal clear: Heaven or ‘Paradise’ is the Godly Dimension where our souls may reside during the inter period of our physical death and our bodily resurrection. Hell is the Satanic Dimension, but one which does not support the certitude of being cast there as into a lake of fire to burn and suffer for eternity.
When understanding the statements of Jesus as in Early Mathew on ‘Murder Starts in the Heart,’ that you must cut off your members if a particular one is in danger of casting your whole body in Gehenna (the Jewish word for Hades or a wicked Hellish place where unfortunate souls may end up) and especially of savings you from the ‘fires’ of such a place, as in the ‘fires’ of hell; you must take a linear reasoning to arrive at the conclusion that Jesus intends to cast sinners into such a fire to burn ‘unquenchable’ as John the Baptist would have the fires. But on the route of this linear reasoning you are all of assuming that there is a physical place called Hell to which our relationship as sinners is one of eternal punishment, where flesh burns then regenerates only to burn again on and on for all time. Such belief is damning in the fullest sense and does not make sense of a loving God to start. But how do other parts of scripture relay us to such a belief?
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