Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Quoting The Whole Answer To Question (26) Of The " 100 Tough Questions about God And The Bible " By Stephen M. Miller.

By Sodium

( Note: Since the answer given to Question (26) is relatively short, it seems that it is more beneficial to the readers than just selecting a few quotations from it to provide an idea about the answer to the readers of this website. )

Re-citing Question (26):
" Why do Christian say hell is a fiery place of eternal torture ?  Bible scholars say hell is just an English word invented to translate Hinnom ( Hebrew ) or Gehenna ( Greek ), the name of a valley on Jerusalem's south side.

Below Is The Whole Answer, As Written By Stephen M. Miller:
" Hinnom became more than a valley to the Jews. Much like September 11, 2001, became more than a day on the calendar to Americans.

Hinnom Valley, like September 11, came to represent a firey terror.

Many Jews believed they lost their country because of what happened in that valley.It was there thaqt two of their kings--Ahaz and his grandson, Manasch--actually sacrificed their sons to idols

" He [ Ahaz ] offered sacrifices in the vally of Ben Hinnom, even sacrificing his own sons in the fire " ( 2 Chronicles 28:3 NLT ) "

Some Jews saw this as the worst of Israel many sins, and one of the reasons God unleashed judgment day in 586 BC Babylonian invaders from what is now Iraq decimated the Jewish homeland, leveled Jerusalem, and deported many survivors.

After that, Jews linked the name of Hinnom Valley to Judgment day.

In fact, all twelve times the valley is mentioned in the New Testament (of the Bible )--usually by Jesus--it's a metaphor describing a place of fiery punishment.

Jesus: " If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquemchable fires of hell ( Gehenna ) with two hands " ( Mark 9:43 NLT ) "

Bible translators try to capture that idea of a place of fiery punishment--Gehenna--by using the English word hell instead of the name of the valley.

Final Words:
It seems to me that the statement " Some Jews saw this as the worst of Israel many sins " is truly ironic to read in the Twenty First Century, as one take into the current sins of Israel in its brutalization of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank of Palestine.


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