would really like to believe this but unfortunately its just
not what the Bible teaches. Also Jesus taught about hell more
than any other teachers combined.”
I think the two on the road to Emmaus could relate
to this comment if they could share with you
their experience. I can just hear them conversing along the
road before Jesus joined them, "Cleopas, I know we thought
Jesus was the one, but his death, well that's just not what
the Scriptures taught about the Messiah." It took a very
long walk and Jesus retelling His story through the law and
the prophets for them to begin to get "a burning in their
hearts". Then their eyes were opened. It could be there
is a God-induced conspiracy going on here in order to "hide
things from the wise and learned" until their appointed
time. The Bible is full of stories of people not seeing, not
perceiving, dull of understanding, missing the point, going
after the wrong "enemy", having a veil over their
eyes...but you always find behind it all...God in control.
Yes, it can appear that this is not what the Bible
teaches. But this is because the Scriptures
need Jesus Himself to interpret them. And
as we have seen from history the big picture of the Story
of God is often missed. Also certain words in the Greek have
been interpreted through traditions instead of truth. Please
take the time here to study this "possibility".
Regarding the claim that Jesus taught hell more
than any other teacher; please do a study on
both the words "hell" and "eternal". Use
an interlinear Bible (found online, a link provided on our
book list). There will be resources for further study of this
topic. For now consider that an eternal hell contradicts the
main theme of redemption delineated by Christ and by Moses
and the Prophets. Also when Jesus talked about "hell"
it was always to the Pharisees using hyperbole. Other references
to a supposed eternal hell were contained in parables in which
if the other details were taken literally would pose major
consider the mystifying words where Jesus said, "He looked
on the crowd and had compassion on them because they were
weary". This would appear to be the greatest
understatement of all time, for these people desperately needed
to be warned as they were inches from the eternal abyss.
How could Jesus have focused on their temporal
weariness? And why is this seemingly insignificant
sentiment by Jesus recorded and not among the "so many
things he said and did that there isn't a room big enough
to contain all the books"? I believe it is because He
had them covered in this age and in the age to come. He was
their eternal Father and had no hopeless plan of sending them
to an eternal torture chamber. Instead He walked, talked,
ate and partied with them. It didn't sound like He broke up
parties to warn the sinners of an eternal hell. In fact He
was labeled a drunkard among them. His behavior negates any
notion that His message was about avoiding an eternal hell.
Stern warnings about judgment and missing the Kingdom in the
“age to come”? For sure, but not a message of
a fearful, hopeless, loveless, eternal abandonment.
In addition doesn't it seem incongruous that Jesus
Is… "The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of
Is… the one who said He will "draw all men unto
Is… the one who loves the world so much He died to save
Bears… the name that means "Savior" or "Jehovah
Is… the Light of the world
Is… the Bread of Life...either can't or
is unwilling to save?
To create billions of people that you cannot or will not save
and yet have the eternal name of "Savior" is incomprehensible.
You can read the Story of God through either the
grid of judgment or through the lens of mercy.
They are both themes in the Bible. You have a choice. But
in light of “mercy triumphs over judgment” …
“In Adam all died; in Christ will all be made alive”
… “the last enemy to be destroyed is death”
… “He is reconciling all things to Himself through
the cross” and “I am the resurrection and the
life” …which do you see as the likely outcome?
Will death and sin trump life and righteousness? If God is
love is His love going to win?