Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell [Gehenna]? Matthew 23:33
There is the very popular (and completely incorrect) saying that hellfire and brimstone preachers have used for years, saying, “Jesus talked more about Hell than He ever talked about Heaven.”
The gospel accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are where we will find the words of Christ Jesus. Now, even allowing for the horrible translation of a word (hades) which means “grave” into the word “hell”, and the word “Gehenna” which is a valley, south of Jerusalem (not a place, 9 miles under the ground), we’ll see the tale of the tape.
Jesus Christ used the two different words that were translated as “Hell”, a grand total of 15 times! Wow! That is a LOT of times. Surely, the Lord didn’t mention “heaven” that many times. I mean, a preacher SHOULD know, right?
Well, after the book of Matthew, I ceased my count. That means that I didn’t bother counting the number of times Jesus talked about heaven in the books of Mark, Luke, and John. The Lord had used the word for Heaven, over 70 TIMES, JUST in the book of Matthew.
So, if any teacher says, “Jesus talked more about hell than he talked about heaven”, you now can verify; that is utter nonsense…and you might just want to check behind that teacher on other things too.
By Phillip Garrison. Read the rest of this fine article at http://thediscernerstavern.blogspot.com/.
There are three great evils of men on earth today: corrupt government, false science, and deceitful religion. Of these, the Christian doctrine of “Eternal Torment” for the majority of God’s children, is by far the single greatest evil and contemptible teaching ever foisted on the human race anywhere on the face of the earth, in the entire history of the world!
L. Ray Smith https://bible-truths.com/
Paul says that:
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Ti 5:8)
How could we arrive at the point of thinking that God would not accept responsibility for all His children that were created by Him in His own image and likeness? The genealogy of Luke 3 ends in verse 38 saying: “the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. If God has not denied that Adam, the originator of sin to the human race is His son, how is it possible that He would deny the son-ship of Adam’s descendants who are victims of the sin nature inherited from him? As Father God has said: “Behold, all souls are Mine….” (Ezek 18:4).
From the “Triumph of Mercy” by George Hurd. http://amzn.to/2hTonyw
“Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last, and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the hades and of the death.” Revelation 1:17-18
Being justified gratuitously in His grace, through the deliverance which is in Christ Jesus (Whom God purposed for a Propitiatory shelter, through faith in His blood, for a display of His righteousness because of the passing over of the penalties of sins which occurred before in the forbearance of God), toward the display of His righteousness in the current era, for Him to be just and a Justifier of the one who is of the faith of Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is debarred! Romans 3:25
Notice here the succession of terms indicative of human helplessness:
“A belief in God’s universal love to all his creatures, and that he will finally restore all of them that are miserable to happiness, is a polar truth. . . It establishes the equality of [humanity]. . .”
Benjamin Rush – signer of the Declaration of Independance