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Featured Why is hell eternal?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Jollybear, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. Hockeycowboy

    Hockeycowboy Well-Known Member
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    Very good post! And good reasoning!
    You've just displayed justice. Now if we have this ability.... shouldn't we think God has it, to an even greater degree?
     
  2. Skwim

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    I agree the context certainly does favor

    then his master will bring him before God. He will bring him to the door or the doorpost. There his master will pierce his ear with a pointed tool, and he will serve him as his slave for life.
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    Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him forever.
    which is why I said it's too bad the Bible plays so fast and loose with its wording. If one only reads one of the 20+ Bibles wherein Exodus 21:6 uses the word "forever" the reader is deceived into believing this is the truth (I don't believe it's what was meant to be believed). Why the Hebrew writers chose to use `owlam (וֹלָם ), meaning "forever," is beyond me, because it certainly doesn't make much sense, but there you are; they did and these 20 some translations picked up on it and passed it along.

    To me, this serves as a black mark against the reliability of the Bible.

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  3. Jollybear

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    If thats unreliable, then me saying my day draged on forever is unreliable, wouldent it?
     
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    Only if I was convinced that you never engaged in hyperbole. So, do you believe the Bible engages in hyperbole or not? If you do then you can't be sure the blindness that Jesus is said to have cured was really blindness at all. Or that perhaps Lazarus wasn't really "dead" at all, but simply in a coma of sorts. If you don't believe the Bible engages in hyperbole then your left with looking at the "forever" in Exodus 21:6 as a mistake.

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    Well i do believe the bible uses hyperbole, but in some cases, not all cases.

    Context i think dictates whether its hyperbole or not.
     
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    So, do you believe that wherever a word or statement in the Bible doesn't fit within its context it must be hyperbole?

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  7. Hockeycowboy

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    @Skwim , I don't agree with every view this site promotes, but this is interesting...you might like it, too.

    http://www.2001translation.com/NOTES.htm#_9

    Take care.
     
  8. Hockeycowboy

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    This is for everyone to read, of course, but I'd like for you, @Skwim, to read it please, and give me your take, please. I'm truly interested in your pov.

    Is There a Burning Hell?
     
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    Yes, it would...so it must not be the case.

    The Bible states that even Jesus was in Hell for a while, after he was killed!

    Psalms 16:10, verified by Peter @ Acts of the Apostles 2:25-32.

    Take care.
     
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    Yes, it must be hyperbole in that case. And perhaps they used hyperbole and literalism together too. Thats possible.

    For instence i can do it now.

    My day draged on forever

    My day draged on is the literal part and forever is the hyperbole part.

    Or and all literal statement would look like this:

    My day was boring.
     
  11. Skwim

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    Whoa!!!! Okay. :rolleyes:

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    What you think?
     
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    It seems to be an unwarranted generalization.

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    Do I think hell is eternal? No because, there’s no such thing. The notion of something like Hell, for example, is absurd on a number of levels.
     
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    Whats the alternative explanation then? :)
     
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    What are the many levels that make hell absurd? Give me your list.
     
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    For me, it started with realizing there are no good reasons to believe people come back from the dead at all.
     
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    Off the top of my head, how about a bad translation, a deliberate mistranslation, a deliberate but bad rephrasing, an overstatement, an understatement, an embellishment, or a misleading euphemism,

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    At the moment of your death, if you choose to turn into the light and look into the face of God, then you will experience God's infinite beauty. At that moment, experience God's infinite beauty is the greatest possible experience a human consciousness can experience. All time ceases to exist. Since you are dead you do not need food. You do not have material needs. You are just permanently stuck staring into the face of God for the rest of eternity in a state of total and absolute bliss.

    If you choose not to go into the light well it's not clear what your journey will be like. But at some point you will probably get another chance to turn back into the light.

    Some people are really stubborn so for them hell would last a lot longer.
     
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    'Cause you wish it were.
     
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