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Copyrightedslightly edited with permission by Gary Amirault, Introduction by Gary Amirault Ancient Greek and Roman poets, philosophers and statesmen such as Seneca, Polybius, Strabo, Plato, Plutarch, Timaeus Locrus, Chrysippus and Livy tell us they invented fables of Hell "Since the multitude is ever fickle, full of lawless desires, irrational passions and violence, there is no other way to keep them in order but by the fear and terror of the invisible world.
Roman Catholicism borrowed its myths of Hell from the Romans, Greeks and Jews who, in turn, borrowed them from the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians.
So if a hell of everlasting punishment is a myth invented by power hungry men trying to control the masses, how did the idea ever get into the Bible? It is commonly taught and regirgutated by "the masses," that Jesus spoke more about Hell than He did about Heaven.
Or is this another one of those fabulous fables perpetrated upon the ignorant masses to keep them ignorant. A study of this man-made invention requires hundreds of pages. Below is a short article by Sam G. Dawson centering on the English word Hell and the Hebrew and Greek words behind it in our traditional Bible translations.
Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, Tartarus Perhaps this is the time in your life to "Study to show yourself approved.
Dawson I was righteously indignant when, a number of years ago, a caller uttered these words on a call-in radio show I was conducting. I now believe that while the Western concept of hell found in most Christian denominations comes primarily through Roman Catholicism, the roots of this doctrine go much deeper.
Yet none of our concepts of hell can be found in the teaching of Jesus Christ! A Plea for Open-Mindedness as We Begin If we strive for open-mindedness and truly want to know what the Bible teaches, the following quotation will help us in our search: We do not start our Christian lives by working out our faith for ourselves; it is mediated to us by Christian tradition, in the form of sermons, books and established patterns of church life and fellowship.
We read our Bibles in the light of what we have learned from these sources; we approach Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact, in both the Church and the world.
It is easy to be unaware that it has happened; it is hard even to begin to realize how profoundly tradition in this sense has molded us. We may never assume the complete rightness of our own established ways of thought and practice and excuse ourselves the duty of testing and reforming them by Scriptures.
Of course, Packer just reminds us of Biblical injunctions to test everything proposed for our belief. For example, in 2 Cor. Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. In New Testament times, one was only a disciple of Christ when he was willing to examine himself, his beliefs, and everything proposed for his belief as a child of light.
Nothing less is required now.
Sheol and Hades We first begin by eliminating the problem the King James Version of the Bible introduced to this study by indiscriminately translating three different words in the Bible as hell: Yet in the Old Testament sheol was not exclusively a place of punishment, for faithful Jacob was there Gen.
Righteous Job also longed for it in Job David spoke of going to sheol in Ps. Likewise, in the New Testament, in Mt.
Thus, sheol is used commonly of national judgments in both the Old and New Testaments. Luke 16 pictures righteous Lazarus there. These verses illustrate that hades refers to anything that is unseen.
About hades in Greek mythology, Edward Fudge said: Charon ferried the souls of the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron into this abode, where the watchdog Cerberus guarded the gate so none might escape.
The pagan myth contained all the elements for medieval eschatology: Sheol, too, received all the dead Providential Press, ], p.
We need to make sure that our ideas concerning hades come from the Bible and not Greek mythology. We have no problem using sheol the way the Old Testament used it, or hades, as the New Testament used it. Both refer to the dead who are unseen, and to national judgments. For if God spared not angels when they sinned, but cast them down to hell, and committed them to pits of darkness who were being punished when II Peter was written, to show that God knew how to treat disobedience among angels.SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature.
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