Hell and Heaven

Nov 3, 2020 by

Eternal matters Heaven and hell are still quoted in traditional Christianity as the eternal destinations for humanity – you either make it, or you don’t! But how did this stark division arise? Does this fit with the understanding that God loves his creation? Would God consign some to eternal torture? What is hell? Specifically, what is ‘The hell of fire?’ that Jesus often spoke of (Matthew 5:22, 18:9) The word Gehenna, rendered as hell of fire or fires of hell, is the Greek version of the Hebrew Ge-Hinnom, or Valley of Hinnom. This was a deep, narrow glen to the south of Jerusalem. It was there that the idolatrous Jews sacrificed their children to Molech. (2Kings 23:10). After this, it became the common rubbish dump of the city, into which the bodies of criminals,...

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New Big Picture Needed for Christianity...

Oct 23, 2020 by

Here’s the Introduction to my latest book, Christianity Expanding: Into Universal Spirituality, available on Amazon. Big pictures need a framework to hold them. The framework that held Christianity for 1500 years was the medieval worldview of God as a supreme being who was in charge of our fate and the occurrences that happened in our daily life. If the crops were good, God was pleased with us. If we won a war, God was on our side. If there was a flood, God was punishing us. It was a simple, graspable, understandable concept for times when the vast majority of humanity had no education and were illiterate. This framework retained power in the hands of the few: the leaders, the priests, the religious hierarchy. But, in the West, along came the Reformation in the...

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