Jesus and Hell, Part Two: What the Hell? (The Meaning of Jesus’ Infernal Imagery)

In the last post, I noted that there have been at least three ways Christians have understood hell – as either everlasting conscious torment (ECT), annihilation, or as a process of purification. Now we will take a closer look at the Gospel texts to see what they’re really talking about. The first text I quoted […]

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Jesus and Hell: Understanding Images of Doom in the Gospel Writings (Part One: Introduction)

According to an old joke, a priest, a rabbi, and a liberal Protestant minister are having a discussion in hell. At one point, the rabbi asks the priest, “What did you do to get sent here?” “I was a ‘whiskey priest,” the priest responds. “I just couldn’t give up the booze. What about you?” “I […]

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“It Already Happened Ten Years From Now”: My Thoughts on Predestination, Free Will, and the Nature of Eternity

The question of free will versus predestination is as old as humanity itself. For thousands of years, people have debated whether we are truly free, or whether some (or all) of our choices are predetermined. For Christians, such questions have often focused on the nature of salvation. Calvinists have argued that God has predestined who […]

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