Thursday, November 17, 2016
3 VIEWS OF HELL: A Big Surprise?
UPDATE: 11/18/16 - Since posting this graphic I've realized that this list is incomplete and in some cases not accurate. I will post a new blog soon with an updated list which more clearly identifies the verses where these 3 views are found. For what it's worth, the Universalism list is the most accurate and the Eternal Torment section is the least. Stay tuned for that update.
I recently looked at this graphic [above] again and started to notice something I've never seen before about these 3 different Christian views of Hell.
Eternal Torment seems to draw most of its evidence from Matthew and Luke.
Annihilationism seems mostly taken from the Gospel of John.
Universalism is mostly attributed to the epistles of Paul the Apostle.
Wow. I did NOT see that one coming.
In the next few days I might take some time to explore each of these three lists and point out a few more interesting things about them, but for now I wanted to make sure I shared this first realization with everyone here.
What are your thoughts?
Any theories as to why Matthew and Luke are more into Eternal Suffering?
Any ideas why John's Gospel would be more about Anninilationism?
Want to take a stab at why Paul's letters are so full of Universalism? [And why those who seem to love Paul the most totally miss this side of his teaching?]
I'd love to hear your thoughts before I weigh in...