Is Hell Real?

Dr. Joseph Luxum

YOUR MAKER WANTS YOU BACK IS HELL REAL? A CASE FOR AND AGAINST THE EXISTENCE OF HELL A case for the existence of Hell Images of Hell can be horrible. Anyone who has had a near-death experience or those that were clinically dead and came back and then gave us detailed accounts of what they saw can be classified as real. That reality, of course, is theirs and we should never question anyone’s personal experience no matter how unbelievably fantastic. Here is an excerpt of a man that tries to convince you that hell is real and that it is a real place somewhere in the nether regains of the earth. When you click on the Google search and type in “is Hell real” etc, you will find many pages about it. [Excerpt 1] Here are few examples: “We’re going to examine the place the Bible calls Hell. We’ll present documented evidence for a place called Hell. Don’t take what you’re going to read lightly. If what you read is true — YOU COULD BE IN SERIOUS DANGER!” [End] [Excerpt 2] “I went there!” by Jennifer Perez. This testimony is of a 15 year old girl who was raised in a Christian home. She later backslid in her walk; found herself overdosing on drugs, dying, and being sent to Hell. Fortunately, she was given a second chance and mission to go back and warn the lost, backslidden, and lukewarm with an urgent message.1 [End] There are even photographs of Hell and the devil.2 And then there are randomly chosen sites like this using a biblical study.3 All of this is real and scary. It’s no joke. You can take the Bible and portray it all the way the people see it and want to see it. A place of no return filled fright, horror and utter indescribable misery. [Excerpt 3] I also know a lot of people who do not believe in hell at all. They don’t believe that a loving God would send anyone to such a terrible place as hell. Of course, they are right. God would never send anyone to hell. But as we will see, hell is a real place and people send themselves there. [End] [Excerpt 4] The Bible describes hell as something much worse than just emptiness. Jesus said in Matthew 13:50 that Hell was a: “fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (NIV) And again He describes it as a place “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:48 (NIV) That does not sound like a very nice place to me. Again, Jesus said in Matthew 25:41 (NIV) “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil
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http://spiritlessons.com/documents/Jennifer_Perez/Hell_is_Real_I_Went_There_Jennifer_Perez.htm http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-real-photographs-that-prove-Hell-exists-earth/ http://bibleanswerstodayblog.com/is-Hell-real/

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and his angels.’” In other words, it is a place that wasn’t even designed for us. What kind of a place is that? Jesus tells us specifically who will go there in Matt. 13:41. “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.” (NIV) “But,” you say, “We all sin and do evil. Will we all end up there?” No, God has provided for us a way to escape this destiny, as you will see. [End] [Excerpt 5] Why Is Hell Necessary? Think about it. If everyone alive on the earth went to heaven, what would heaven be like? It would be no different than living on the earth. For me, this would certainly not be heaven. This means that if heaven is going to be heaven, then some people simply cannot be there. There cannot be any evil in heaven if it is going to be heaven. Who is going to make this decision? Each one of us would have a different idea of who to include and who to exclude. So it cannot be up to any one of us. Thus, it is God who will make that decision. And He has already done it. God has made the decision as to what is evil and what is not. God decides if we are evil or not. It is not up to us. After all, it is God’s heaven. God Has Provided A Way Of Escape So, how can we be assured that we will go to heaven when we die? I know, many say that we simply need to be good enough. But how good is good enough? Who determines it? Surprise? God does! And He has made it very easy for us. Romans 10:9 says: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (NIV) God is merciful. All we have to do is to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we will escape and will be able to spend eternity in heaven with Him. That is all we have to do, accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior? Does it sound too simple? For some, it does. However, it really isn’t. God does not want any evil in heaven. And remember God determines what is evil and what is not. If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and live as He wants us to, God will change us into someone who is good enough to get into heaven. [End] [Excerpt 6] Several years ago a book was published, entitled Beyond Death’s Door by Dr. Maurice Rawlings. Dr. Rawlings, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, resuscitated many people who had been clinically dead. Dr. Rawlings, a devout atheist, “considered all religion “hocus-pocus” and death nothing more than a painless extinction.” But something happened in 1977 that brought a dramatic change in the life of Dr. Rawlings! He was resuscitating a man, terrified and screaming—descending down into the flames of hell: “Each time he regained heartbeat and respiration, the patient screamed, “I am in hell!” He was terrified and pleaded with me to help him. I was scared to death... Then I noticed a genuinely alarmed look on his face. He had a terrified look worse than the expression seen in death! This patient had a grotesque grimace expressing sheer horror! His puNew Wine Publishing © All Rights Reserved Page 3

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pils were dilated, and he was perspiring and trembling—he looked as if his hair was “on end.” Then still another strange thing happened. He said, “Don't you understand? I am in hell... Don't let me go back to hell!” The man was serious, and it finally occurred to me that he was indeed in trouble. He was in a panic like I had never seen before.4 Dr. Rawlings said, no one, who could have heard his screams and saw the look of terror on his face could doubt for a single minute that he was actually in a place called hell! [End] All the 6 excerpts would make a fine case for the existence of hell had it not been for the fact that some expressions have been later added to the original manuscript. One of them is this: “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” in Mark 9:44-48. The hell theology was progressing and additions to the original text were frequent. Intelligent Questions Is God a terrorist? Strange question isn’t it? But let me bring here Yasser Arafat who spoke at the UN Assembly. “Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. I repeat: do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.” 5 Obviously, the gun represents the threat and the olive branch a peace offering. In other words give me the land or else. In the same we portray God. “Accept My Son Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross or else you’ll burn in Hell.” Is God omnipotent? That means is He the ALL Mighty God or a PART Mighty with loopholes and gaps. Does He fall asleep? Is He limited by time? If He is the Perfect Love that eliminates all fear then why would He give us the fear of hell in order to save us? Does He care how many souls come into His dwelling places? Does He look for quantity or quality? Is God in the business of scaring people or rather creating peace in us through the knowledge of His true nature? Vengeance belongs to God, but what if He does not avenge us the way we expect Him to, would that be okay? If God chose a people to proclaim Him as the only one God then why do we still play with dualism? Why do we split His universe into good and bad, darkness and light and two gods, the good one and the evil one; the prince of darkness and the Father of Lights? These are endless questions showing us complications and unintelligence. But who wants to come out if it? Recently I had Facebook conversation about the light of truth. Let me quote few things here along with my responses. [C. H. wrote] “Light can actually bring confusion. If you suddenly view an environment that is different to the one you expect to see, one diametrically opposed to the teachings you’ve heard for decades. Something new can bring fear and confusion because we are conditioned, here, to fear change. Any one who has seriously studied theology would be even
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more highly subject to fear (confusion). The theology of what happens in the afterlife comes wrapped in a lifetime of warnings about “false prophets” and detractors from the truth. We are also taught to beware of the single voice crying in the wilderness, especially when that “voice” brings knowledge (light) that countermands the traditional ruts in which we have walked. In short, it is only natural to fear, perhaps for a moment, that one voice that goes against the mainstream of doctrine espoused by our “trusted” forefathers. [End of quote.] But do we build upon man? We don’t, for it is the Holy Spirit who teaches us, not man with his many doctrines. What I mean is that we must recognize what is of us and what is of the Holy Spirit and then correct ourselves. This correction is the embrace of the new as it emerges. I have been in the old for more than 20 years and now I am in the new, but I also paid the price for it (prayer and study), believe me, the new is much better. Also time marches on and God keeps creating new things. Those in the past stay in the past; and the knowledge they had received then was in and for that time; and it was good, but those then-still-new wineskins have over time became old. Isn’t that so? I respect our founding fathers and all that they said, but the future generations will also look at us today and if they have still higher revelation of God and his kingdom they will correct us. It is like the old black screen computers with green text. Today, we have complicated graphics connectivity, mobile phones with video conversations in real time. Try to explain that to our founding fathers. Should the Bible remain outdated? We are not establishing anything, for relationship with the living God is not an organized institution with rules and regulations, laws and bylaws and clauses etc. It’s like a school of the Holy Spirit, first and second grade … until the last day when He (Jesus) ‘will raise us up.’ (John 6:54) … ‘until we attain,’ (Ephesians 4:13). [Isaiah 47:9] “Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.” [Isaiah 48:6-7] I proclaim to you new things from this time, even hidden things, which you have not known. They are created now and not long ago; and before today you have not heard them, lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’ [Isaiah 65:17] “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. Why is the new so precious to God? My answer is simple: it is living and current. How blessed we are to know that. [C. H. wrote] “For some, those who don't study or think critically about the major questions of our spiritual existence, emerging from this natural fear to a place of acceptance, embracing the light, is simply not a viable option— they can never examine new knowledge objectively and will continue to live in a world tainted by fear and uncertainty.” [End of quote.] It is really sad. But when it comes to divine healing of our bodies we all want the new and fresh, a miracle. The old is sick while the new is healthy. But then we continue hiding in fear of the unknown, perhaps out of respect for our founding fathers lest they should flip in
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their graves? For convenience sake we do not want to pay the price for the new, fresh and living. But a healed body goes hand in hand with new spirit and new mind. Like children who start a life on this earth having their ears, eyes and minds opened. Jesus said: [John 16:12-14] I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. The capacity for the new must be created otherwise we will walk in confusion. The more we put into our mind the more educated we are; thus we walk with our God. My own experience of Hell I also had visions of Hell with grotesque demonic creatures driving me down to a bottomless abyss. As I was falling, sulfuric vapors, smoke and tongues of fire were rising toward me. Those grotesque creatures cried, “There is no God, no heaven… no salvation.” I slept on a cot bed. I fell off the bed in such a way that it flipped and landed on top of me. Drenched in cold sweat and trembling I was slowly coming to myself. What I had experienced words cannot describe. For many years I saw demons, snakes and scorpions crawling all over me. I never touched drugs or alcohol. Being a sensitive child, frightening stories profoundly impacted my psyche. My older brother liked to scare me and that only worsened my overall neuropsychological disposition, but the worse period of life was my puberty years. Anything to do with sex was in my mind of the enemy, demonic and hellish. Once I saw the devil in person standing in a doorway asking me to sell my soul to him and play rock and roll music. Now I tell you the truth. I saw it all and have really experienced, but was it real? Should I try to convince you to believe me because I personally have experienced these things for about 20 years? I have read many accounts of near-death experiences and those claiming to be in Hell or were watching it from a distance. They all experienced horrors of unmanageable dimensions. I believe them. Why should I doubt them at all? These are their experiences. Many substantiate their beliefs in Hell because someone else had a vision or died and recounted their experiences. The nature of truth Truth is never subjective but always objective. We must measure up to it and not bend it toward our subjective experiences regardless how real or horrible they might have had been. Righteousness is not a feeling it’s doing something right for the sake of another despite any inconvenience or burdensomeness. No matter how much we dislike taking out the trash from our dwelling place; we do it for health reasons. Before the garbage not only smells up our place and breeds bacteria and disease it is unpleasant for you and for anyone coming to visit you. Righteousness is exactly that; taking out the garbage for your and for those you come in contact with.
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We do what we know and not what we necessarily like. We do the same for others. I am not God who would tell you first what I have experienced and make it a standard for your belief. I must study God and His righteous ways regardless how inconvenient they might be for the natural and rebellious flesh. It will have to come down to a choice. I repeat. Choice! If your brain is well developed and your soul is stable you will hear the voice of reason and reject sensationalism, which has been used for thousands of years. The Hell theology Now, let’s look at the Hell theology, how it evolved and where it came from. Before we start scaring you with the “Friday the 13th massacre at the Elm Street” scenarios you will have to learn the Bible truth about Hell for after all that’s where the ideas of Satan, devil and Hell come from. The Hell theology actually had its start in Judaism. The Jewish exiles to Babylon and then Medo-Persia brought dualism from that region. Let me quote some of the Zoroastrian doctrines that Israel borrowed from. God is calling us all to make a firm decision to repent and return ONLY to Him! Zoroaster believed that a good spirit, Ahura Mazda (“Lord Wisdom”) guided the world. This “Lord Wisdom” required “good thoughts of the mind, good deeds of the hand, and good words of the tongue” from his followers, if they wished to enter paradise. (The word ‘paradise’ which Jesus uttered on the cross is actually a Persian word.) Years later, Zoroaster’s followers posited the existence of a second, evil god called ‘Angra Mainyu’ (“Fiendish Spirit”). Men and women must choose between these two gods, which represent good and evil.6 Mani was a follower of Zoroaster. Mani was born into an aristocratic Persian family in southern Babylonia (now Iraq). Mani experienced visions in which an angel supposedly designated him a prophet of a new and ultimate revelation. The rapid expansion of Manichaeism provoked the hostility of the leaders of orthodox Zoroastrianism, and when Bahram I (reigned 274-77) succeeded to the throne, they persuaded him to have Mani arrested as a heretic, after which he either died in confinement or was executed. Mani proclaimed himself the last prophet in a succession that included Zoroaster, Buddha, and Jesus, whose partial revelations were, he taught, contained and consummated in his own doctrines. Besides Zoroastrianism and Christianity, Manichaeism reflects the strong influence of Gnosticism.7 Mani went further into pluralistic ideas narrowed down to just two realms and two gods the very opposite of the actual monotheistic mission God called Israel to introduce the world to.
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The fundamental doctrine of Manichaeism is its dualistic division of the universe into contending realms of good and evil: the realm of light (spirit), ruled by God, and the realm of Darkness (matter), ruled by Satan. Originally, the two realms were entirely separate, but in a primal catastrophe the realm of darkness invaded the realm of Light, and the two became mixed and engaged in a perpetual struggle. The human race is a result and a microcosm of this struggle. The human body is material, therefore evil; the human soul is spiritual, a fragment of the divine light and must be redeemed from its imprisonment in the body and the world. The path of redemption is through knowledge of the realm of light imparted by the succession of divine messengers that include Buddha and Jesus and ends in Mani. With this knowledge the human soul can conquer the carnal desires that perpetuate its imprisonment and so ascend to the divine realm. Ever since then proponents of dualism do not want to part with their beliefs because no emphatically strong case against it was ever made. Perhaps, it would take great fame and big name to break though this haze. But it is doubtful because hardly anyone cares if God exists or not and, “If He does exist then where is He when I need Him most?”—Would be the common reasoning. On the other hand it is much more convenient to keep dualism intact. The need for a scapegoat stems from the roots of blame and exoneration; wrongs and justification; inconvenience and the need for comfort. The last one can be justified for it does include the element of peace and we should pursue peace at all cost, but how we go about it can be inconsiderate when it comes to the Creator; who in many ways has also been pushed into obscurity by becoming just an abstract idea. If I would care about God then I would also care about the truth, but if I do not really care about God neither would I care about the truth and its impact on my life.

The Bible Truth and its alternate interpretations We have weeded out all places that mention Hell (Gahanna), Hades and Sheol. We have pointed out that Hades is not Hell; and Sheol is not the Valley of Gehinom, which has been often used to portray Hell. The “Lake of Fire” term used in the Book of Revelations is only called or it is imagined to be Hell, but The Book of Revelations does not say that it is. The only place that uses ‘Hell’ in the King James Translation of the Bible is in Revelations 6:8. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death (!"#$%&' thanatos), and Hell (Hades) followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Interestingly, death is translated directly as death’, but the place of death is being translated as Hell (Greek ()*' Hades), which denotes the place of death rather than a place of perpetual fiery torment. The Hebrew counterpart (Sheol) speaks of the place of death, not of torment, but rather of peaceful rest, sleep or unconsciousness.

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Imagine, according to the numerous mistranslations of the Bible we ought to correct those that fell asleep and are now in Sheol or Hades; that they are not in a place of sleep, but actually in the torment of a fiery hell? Do you see the confusion? Now, what will you do with this knowledge? In the New American Standard Bible there are just 13 passages that mention Hell. * Matthew 5:22, 29-30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 23; Mark 9:45, 47; Luke 12:5, James 3:6 and 2 Peter 2:4. * All these places speak of the fiery Hell. (Concordance Greek #1067) For an unexplainable reason only the King James Version of the Bible mixes Hades with Gahanna in these places: Matthew 11:23 and 16:18 Luke 10:15; 16:23; Acts 2:31 (Concordance Greek #5020). In 2 Peter 2:4 (Concordance Greek #86) the word Hell is Tartaroo (unspecified deepest abyss). As already said, no Gahanna is mentioned in the Book of Revelations but Hades. In the Old Testament no Hell is found except in the King James Version of the Bible. ** Deuteronomy 32:22. 2 Samuel 22:6. Job 11:8. Psalms: 9:17; 16:10; 18:5; 86:13; 116:3; 139:8. Proverbs: 5:5; 7:27; 9:18; 15:24; 23:14. Isaiah: 5:14; 14:15; 28:15, 18; 57:9. Ezekiel: 31:16-17; 32:21, 27. Amos 9:2; Jonah 2:2 and Habakkuk 2:5. ** Consistently all these verses contain the word SHEOL (Concordance Hebrew #7585), not Hell. I am sorry to disappoint some, but that’s the Bible truth. Now, if those that have died and now peacefully rest in Sheol—until the final trumpet sound—would rather go to a living torment of Hell then I must also calm them down… eh, they do not need to be… they are calm already. Clear logic The trash-burning place outside the walls of Jerusalem, formerly named after Ben Hinnom, was allegorically used for destruction of anything impure and useless. The fire seemed perpetual. One can imagine how this mind-seducing scary idea was being handled. Daily, trash was being dumped into that valley, hence the idea of perpetual smoke and fire. Public speakers and religious leaders frequently used this place as a metaphor in order to impress the listener. It was used to frighten the ordinary folk so that they might not lust after other gods of the surrounding nations; and they were numerous. This Pharisaic invention proved quite useful. The Hasmoneans appointed Pharisees to guard against assimilation.8 Now, the reader may draw conclusions from this portion of Scripture: [Nehemiah 9:2] The descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.

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The Hasmonean Dynasty The dynasty was established under the leadership of Simon Maccabaeus, two decades after his brother Judas the Maccabee ("Hammer") defeated the Seleucid army during the Maccabean Revolt. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasmonean_dynasty & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharisees

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Ever since then Judaism entered a period of extreme adherence to what the Pharisees preached to be pure Judaism. Even Galileans were not considered pure Jews. After the Hellenization period proselytizing, and frequent conversions of those partially or even completely assimilated people was the norm. Jesus came at the height of this Judaic missionary activity. [Matthew 23:15] Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. With their own kind of Hell they were able to frighten those that strayed from the Jewish fold and then they sealed them with this frightful doctrine. As a result, proselytes believed in a vengeful and sort of sadistic god. But did God have anything to with it? It was more political and sectarian and it had hardly anything to do with God, but much with the national and religious belonging. Jesus came to demonstrate God’s love to us not vengeance. The proof of that you will find in this passage of Scripture: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” (STOP) At this point Jesus stopped (quoting Isaiah 61:1-2), the next verse was this: “And the day of vengeance of our God.” And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. However, not much has changed. During the Christianization of pagans the Hell weapon was used quite successfully. But does God seek those sacred-of-Hell believers? Jesus said that no one can come to Him unless it is the Father that draws him first. So it comes to the level of the lost sons, the lost sheep and the lost seed. Only the Father knows who is who and so it is He who draws anyone about to be found.9 Building a religious organization requires the elements of intimidation in order to keep it all together. But as knowledge increases along with our IQ intimidation loses steam. You can only intimidate the ignorant and never the intelligent. In Protestantism those who are in the fold and have strayed, (backslid) carry the elements of eternal punishment in themselves. Some churches preach that if you leave their church then you are lost (meaning in hell). Those that went out of a church are also called backsliders.
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[John 6:44 & 65] “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

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The seeds of fright were also sown in me since childhood. What triggers the growth of those seeds—by making them grow even into monstrous trees—are often guilt, condemnation and ignorance regarding God’s great compassionate heart. The acceptance of man’s dogma over the liberating knowledge of God’s true nature seals us with the horrible. The character of our Heavenly Father The Lord introduces His character to Moses and through Moses to God’s children. [Exodus 34:5-7] The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD. Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” We have the character of God as being compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth. But He hates hatred, malice and unforgiveness so He returns the same on those that propagate it against Him. For in another place it is written: [2 Samuel 22:27] With the pure You show Yourself pure, and with the perverted You show Yourself astute. And You save an afflicted people; but Your eyes are on the haughty whom You abase. But is God even involved in works of vengeance? There are certain laws, which He had set into motion that bring calamity on the producer of the same. The afflicter becomes afflicted and the thief gets robbed. What man sows he shall reap. If you play with fire you will be burned. If you play with hell by frightening others with it; then perhaps your desires met will be met? Satan is called the faultfinder and also prosecutor. We do not like faultfinders and we detest prosecutors, especially when they assume all sorts of evil about us in the court of law. By the same token no one would like Satan, (Greeks call him the devil) but it seems that we have confused ourselves as if on purpose. We have turned things around by making Satan the enemy of the righteous, even the devil, and not the legitimate prosecuting attorney in no one else’s court, but God’s. The same Satan found in the Bible can be twisted to suit as if God is a toy, which we can replace with our theology. Perhaps this is the greatest statement I have ever made so far. I am quite sure that theologians knew well that God sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. He is in the business of blessing. He is compassionate and gracious. By knowing this, from Scripture, many took advantage of it by twisting God’s Word on purpose just to seduce and mislead as many as possible in order to build their religious empires.

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The New Testament proclaims that God is love. This truth was lost, until Jesus came and restored it to us by emphasizing God’s true character. [Matthew 5:44-45] But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. That’s revolutionary. He did not say make for yourself an enemy, but love your enemy, but why? –“So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” Is our Father gracious? –Yes. Is our Father compassionate? –Yes. Is He slow to anger? –Yes. Is His heart filled with lovingkindness? –Yes. So what is this nonsense about hating Satan? –Unless of course we’ve been misled and duped into believing something else. [V. 46-47] For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? [V. 48] Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. How is our heavenly Father perfect, in what way? The answer is clear: He has no enemies and no enemy mentality. Period. Obviously we can produce something of ourselves. The self is from the earth; hence self-identity comes from matter. Is it then possible that matter enables us in such a way that we can decide and act on that decision as long as we are alive? Think about it. When God wants to deal with us, to change something old into something new, He lowers Himself to our level. Like a kind professor He speaks to us in un-academic simple terms. A university professor is often not able to come down to a level of an elementary school’s first grade and teach kids because of the pride of this life. One has not achieved a high level of education in order to compromise it on the first grade learning. Our God however, has no such problem; He comes down to our level, but do we want to rise higher? Many do not want to graduate, and this sentiment often comes from religiousness, which is unprogressive. God wants to teach us something, but that teaching always brings something new. Shouldn’t we get interested or we would rather label the teacher ‘false’? My reasoning: if we are curious as to the existence of aliens and the UFO we logically assume that since there were so many eyewitness accounts the aliens should by now be able to communicate with us. Why do they remain silent? Let’s imagine that finally someone gets a signal from some alien being out there in space, but only he can get that signal through his own invention, which is not yet available to anyone else. Would you believe that man? I would. I would have no reason not to, but that does not mean that I must try to talk with aliens. Does it? I believe his story and examine the facts he presents to me. If I don’t believe him then I would not listen nor examine anything he tried to tell me? I use the little faith, like reading a newspaper and believing what is written. That’s all. That believing does not change my life. Let the man continue with his inventions and read to me the received messages. In no time I will spot something out of the ordinary and illogical or unintelligent. After all, we assume that those aliens are intelligent beings. We can logically crack almost anything out there, provided you have the gift of logic divine.

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Dr. Joseph Luxum

[Matthew 5:21-22] “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-fornothing,’ shall be guilty before the Supreme Court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” (Gahanna of fire) Not being kind, considerate and caring to others is not the character of a peacemaker, is it? Apparently, Jesus spoke these words to the mixed crowd. Among them were teachers of the law, Scribes and Pharisees. The words of Jesus might have had supported some of their doctrines like a meticulous keeping of the law and their doctrine of hell, which at that time was not fully developed, but only used allegorically. [Matthew 5:29-30] If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell (the valley of Ben Hinnom; Gehenna). Certainly this would validate the existence of hell on the other side. This can be confusing. But before one concludes as to what Jesus really meant one must study the mind of Christ first. We start with the Old Testament where we read about burning or wasting (Hebrew Ba’ar.) [Numbers 24:21-22] And he looked at the Kenite, and took up his discourse and said, “Your dwelling place is enduring, and your nest is set in the cliff. Nevertheless Kain will be consumed (!"# Ba’ar, kindling and burning); how long will Asshur keep you captive?” Figuratively speaking, Kenites are called tares in the New Testament for their fruits are thorns, thistles or weeds; these take up space and choke up the cultivated plants. Just as we clear our garden of weeds so that anything we have planted might better develop; in a similar way also is the world in which we live. The precise end of the Kenite is fire. Jesus knew this fact and said: [Matthew 13:40-42] So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. However earlier Jesus stated: [Matthew 7:15-18] Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are

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they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. A bad tree cannot, or is not even able to produce good fruit. The prophet Jeremiah (13:23) said, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?” Some people serve a mission but only for this earth. They develop only the matter with which they fell in love with and seem to have never enough of. Monuments and skyscrapers are definitely impressive and the driving force behind it all is exactly that, to impress. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this ambition and this awesome drive to perform and amaze, but it becomes wrong when someone kills over it and then hushes it up. That is sick. Only tares carry this sickness. The pompous pride seems to have no limits. This awesome drive to impress others; quite often goes over dead bodies. Stealing, lying, cheating and killing, done in the name of greed, is evil to the core. [V. 19-20] “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. We now go back to Jesus who amplified this profound truth even more. [Matthew 12:33-35] Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. The tares will be burned with fire (Matthew 13:30) and in John 8:44 the first murderer and liar was Cain called the devil. John emphasized it even more. [1 John 3:11-12] For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; not as Cain, who was evil10 and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. It is not hard to figure out the logical progression if only one would be willing to part with those feelings of vengeance and the desire to scare people just to make a dent in their psyche; and perhaps make them listen. We have shown the origins of tares, which are the Kenites.11 We have shown their fruits and their treasure, which their hearts are really set on. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) And we have also shown their end, which is annihilation by fire. The only problem we might have is with is the weeping and gnashing of teeth. A question like this forces itself upon us: is it a permanent or eternal? Perhaps it goes on while the fire still burns and then stops when the fire consumed all elements? The scripture is not clear regarding this matter.
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The Greek text often uses sentences like these “being of the good or of the evil,” which the English language does not use. Because of the prevailing theology and for clarity sake the word one is often added in italics, but at the same time suggesting the evil one; instead of rendering one as being evil; like Cain in this case. 11 According to Genesis 15:19; the Kenite is the root of the nine nations inhabiting Canaan.

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According to Jesus who said, “Love your enemies” I would not wish anyone weeping (Greek, lamenting or waling) and gnashing of teeth. But this weeping speaks of regrets (Conc. Greek #2805 +,$-!µ.' klauthmos) and is used only in conjunction with the expression like darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth, which was a popular expression. The other expression for weeping is (Conc. Greek #2799 +,$/0 klai1) and this word is consistently associated with mourning, sympathy, love and the emotion of loss. Mary wept over the death of her brother Lazarus as well as Jesus. Another Mary wept tears over the feet of Jesus as she wiped them with her hair. Widows wept over the dead child Tabitha (Acts 9:19) and sympathetic weeping found in Philippians 3:18 etc. These Greek words, (1. Klauthmos & 2. klaio) belong in different places within the context; they cannot be used loosely. 1. 2. Lamenting and wailing speak of regrets and missed opportunities. Something that ought to be done earlier and was not may produce regrets and lamenting. Weeping, sympathetically being moved with compassion or love.

The gnashing of teeth speaks of an intense hatred. A cold chill can make chattering teeth. Teeth grinding comes from stress and psychological tension, which manifests itself at night. Dentists suggest the use of a mouth guard similar to a rubbery mouthpiece used by boxers. The inability to humble the pride of life and to repent speaks of being locked in hatred and vindictiveness. [Matthew 5:9] “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” The opposite of peace is unrest. The opposite of stillness is noise and the opposite of sickness is health. Why do I use the opposites? Opposites help us better understand the Middle Eastern mentality with which the Bible is written. [Matthew 5:45] You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. “But I say to you…” Jesus used metaphors, similes and many allegories in order to communicate with His audience, but when He spoke with the scribes and those well versed in scripture (Tanah) He spoke in details. Speaking of details. On the other side we won’t have teeth to grind or tears to weep. We shall be like angels, spirits and winds.12 Finally, I need to address those that stick to religion because of Hell. They want to go to heaven so badly that religion is their only hope. My dear friend, being saved is a sure thing you do not need to believe in God out of fear of Hell for He does not seek the fearful. His perfect love casts out all fear; so being scared of
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Read, Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25 and Luke 20:36.

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Hell and then tremblingly accepting Christ by mumbling few religious phrases will never take away the fear of Hell. Either you know who you are or you don’t. Either you are the lost seed, the lost son or daughter now found, or you are the tare to be burned up and be no more. No suffering. No torment. Nonexistence. John the Baptist spoke of the chaff to be burned up. Jesus spoke of the tares to be burned up and be no more. From these expressions the theology of Hell was created. Does God find pleasure in tormenting anyone on the other side? It all comes down to a choice. I repeat. Choice! If you choose to remain scared of Hell, which in your mind is the only thing keeping your from sinning or doing evil than you are a pathetic case. In time you will become an emotional vegetable. By staying on this theological rollercoaster you will make your head spin. Either you learn God’s true nature and His loving disposition, His compassionate character—the Truth—or you will keep on wandering in the maze of man’s ideas.

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Get this booklet today. Find intelligence in the absolute truth about Hell. Get liberated. Find the true love. Imagine, eternal fire contains no time element. If you put eternity in a time zone it will be only a dot, a thought or an idea. Time has nothing to do with eternity. Eternal torment would invalidate all that Jesus said about loving our enemies, or blessing those that persecute us. Being perfect like the heavenly Father is. He sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous, the true peacemaker. He is after the same. Become a peacemaker today. Weeping speaks of regrets. Gnashing of teeth speaks of hatred. God is the PERFECT LOVE that casts out all fear. Additions will follow. Topics: 1. Abraham’s bosom and paradise. 2. What is heaven like? 3. Cosmic wars theology. 4. God’s Love, joy and peace. 5. The loss of immortality and its restoration.

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