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Rev. Cawley

Dear Greta,

I shared with you my views on Jesus' teachings on Hell. I invite you and others on this blog to watch a 4-part video on YouTube that demonstrates and explains that Jesus never taught the view of Hell that is perpetuated by traditional Christianity. The 4-part video series (not made by me) will demonstrate that God is going to save everyone, and will bring much-needed clarity!

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Jesus spoke mostly in parables This hell is not literal he is just saying if your hand offends to stop doing offensive stuff.
If it was literal we would be walking around disfigured, but yet I have not noticed anyone with the absense of a hand or an eye.
We are supposed to work on ridding ourself of the trash in our lives get rid of it because the rest will be burned out of us after judged.
Our God is a consuming fire so get rid of trash now or he will burn it out of us later and that will be painful in a spiritual way.

Rev. Cawley

Amen, Jackie! Jackie understands!

Thank you for your comment!


Greta Christina

"Jesus spoke mostly in parables This hell is not literal he is just saying if your hand offends to stop doing offensive stuff."

I see.

And how are we supposed to know:

a) which parts he meant literally and which parts he meant as metaphorical parables;


b) how exactly the metaphorical parables should be interpreted?

Rev. Cawley

Greta asks how are we supposed to know which teachings that Jesus meant literally and which parts he meant as metaphorical parables.

When Jesus begins a teaching by saying, "A certain rich man..." or "The Kingdom of Heaven is like..." or "A man had two sons..." then you know that Jesus is telling a story (parable) and that the story has a moral/spiritual lesson but the specific details of the parable are NOT to be taken literally.

We all understand the lessons in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," but nobody believes that
there literally was an Ebenezer Scrooge or a Tiny Tim that lived in London two centuries ago. And there is no Grinch, but Dr. Seuss' story conveys a clear moral lesson.

Greta asks how exactly should the metaphorical parables be interpreted? That's when you need a good Bible commentary or two.

Also, the evidence that Jesus was not preaching about a literal, burning afterlife Hell is this...

1.) The 1st century Jews would not have thought of Gehenna (Greek word Jesus used for Hell) as a place of punishment in the afterlife.
2.) The idea of Gehenna as a metaphor for destroying one's life through sin makes more sense IN THE LITERARY CONTEXT than the idea of Gehenna being an afterlife torment. What makes more sense...

(a) "If you don't gouge your eye out, when you lust, you will die and burn forever and ever in a fire pit!" Or...
(b) "If you don't cut out the things that lead you to sin, your life will end up in the garbage dump (which is what Gehenna actually was)."

If Jesus walked the earth now, He might say, "Lindsey Lohan's life and career is going to Hell!" We would instinctively know that He would be talking about.

3.) Despite what many churches teach, Jesus' teachings were not really about the afterlife. When Jesus spoke of the "Kingdom of Heaven" or the "Kingdom of God," most Bible commentaries will tell you that Jesus was speaking of the Kingdom of God coming upon the earth (like in the Lord's Prayer, "Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven"). The phrases "Kingdom of Heaven" or "Kingdom of God" were not references to the afterlife.

Jesus was more interested in Heaven's power taking place on earth (with every act of healing)than He was with people goin up to Heaven. Therefore, since Jesus' teachings about the Kingdom of Heaven did not refer to the afterlife Heaven, Jesus' teachings on Hell probably did not refer to an afterlife Hell, either.



Greta when you read scriptures, they may seem outrageous or impossible then it is most likely a parable or metaphore.
Can you imagine soothing your thirst as with Lazarus and the rich man just dipping your finger in water?
To be honest I usually just read the words of Jesus with confidence. The two greatest commandments are love God love your neighbor.


Thank you for this!


It's weird because it doesn't look like you don't believe in God, it just looks like you really don't like him.



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John B Hodges

Folks, if you are willing to argue that Jesus did not believe or teach about an afterlife, neither for Heaven nor Hell, I'll have to give you points for consistency. But I can't see it as a reasonable reading of the text. Modern translations are done by committees of the most respected scholars and linguists. So why did they decide to translate the whatever text as "eternal fire" instead of as "garbage dump"? Why did they translate the text as "eternal life" instead of "prosperity"?

Some of the passages about Hell and eternal fire might be read metaphorically, but some plainly cannot be. Such as the following.

Matthew 13:36
36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field." 37 He answered, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41 The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.

Matthew 13:49
49 So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.

Matthew 18:8
8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.

Matthew 25:41
41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Mark 9:43
43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 44 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 45 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 46 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

Luke 17:29
29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all-- 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed.

It may interest you to know that Jesus says that very few will be saved. See Matthew 7:13-23, and Luke 13:23-24.

So, If you want to believe that you and your loved ones will be going to the Christian Heaven, forget it. Very few will make it, and the entry requirements are severe. See my essay at


I'm a Christian and yes, Jesus does teach that those who do not believe in him and follow him will go to Hell. This is what is taught in most Christian churches.

I realize that this is not a pleasant thought, but Christians should not have to apologize for it. We believe, based on the Bible, that Jesus is the only way to the Father, and that a person cannot be saved without him.

Atheists try to pressure Christians into defending this, saying "No, no, that's not true, that's a wrong interpretation" when, actually, yes, it is the right interpretation. That is what we are taught.

What I don't understand is this: if you decide that you don't believe in the whole God/religion thing for whatever reason, what do you care about the whole Hell business? If you're right (and obviously you think you are), then it doesn't exist and who cares?
God created people perfectly, and sin is what made them imperfect. Everyone has the opportunity and chance to go to Heaven...many just do not choose it.

The Bible contains things that are meant universally and things that are targeted at a specific group of people. It also mentions things happening at the time that were not in God's plan for humanity. Unfortunately, these are all mixed together and confused.

And, of course, in the case of the Hell issue, the Bible just says something that you don't like. Be angry about it. You don't have to believe it.


Jaclyn: Greta cares because she occasionally discusses religion with christians and would like to have a vague idea of what christian dogma includes.

She was frustrated at encountering a number of self-described christians who seemed to think that hell was optional.


Most of the Christian churches preach the existence of hell and heaven, and both of these are used to gain or keep control over individuals or entire groups. The whole unconscious idea is to have people do what you want them to do by giving an impossible reward or an unthinkable punishment.

The reason that it is so important to speak of these things is that the concepts of Heaven or Hell are tools. Tools used everyday to try to make the "homosexual" feel bad for loving someone of the same sex, keeping everyone from using common sense when they wish to use birth control to plan their families or not to receive a disease, and trying to ensure that everyone prays the same way, eats the same food, and wears the same clothes - all to avoid hell or to gain heaven.

I really think that slowly I am becoming an atheist because I am tired of spiritual blackmail; I am tired each Christian church saying that they believe that the Bible is the perfect word of God when their actions speak differently. Two examples - First, how many Christians really take Christ seriously when he said not to harm your enemy but to love them? I can really think of only one that stands out under severe oppression, and he was not "Christian" - Ghandi. Second, how many Christians and Christian Churches preach to Keep the Sabbath commandment, and yet do not keep it every weekend. They try to rest on Sunday when Jesus and all Jews through today keep the biblical Sabbath, and that my friends is Saturday, not Sunday. But I do not see Christians rallying for this change, no they keep Sunday and that is fine. Apparently, there is no need to take the Sabbath idea seriously, so why should I take Heaven or Hell seriously?

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