You brought up a very good point. A shorter one, posted at Grace to You: Is Hell Really Endless? What church are you talking about? Gehenna is nothing less than the plane of the apocalypse, of the violent end of worlds upon the Prime. THE LAST ENEMY TO BE DESTROYED IS DEATH! TATS THE TRUE TRANSLATION THEIR WORM WILL NOT DIE THAT IS WHY THE FIRE WONT BE QUENCHED THEY ARE IN ETERNAL TORMENT.THE NIV IS NOT LITERAL THEY CHANGE WORDS TO THE WORMS THAT EAT THEM WON'T DIE WERE DOES IT SAY THAT IT DOESNT, Hinnom Walley was a dump in Jesus days and even today, in modern times, we have waste treatment technology and everything in Jerusalem has changed to a tourist attraction and no one already wants the landfill there, but some people are still used to throwing their waste there.https://www.google.com/maps/@31.7686626,35.2333475,3a,56.6y,328.92h,103.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1szm6A_bN1OCNC7ikOFCcVTw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656. 7, 32 ) the archaeological evidence for the Hinnom Valley as a topos for a Molech shrine of child sacrifice – or a perpetually-burning trash dump in the time of Jesus – is so scanty as to be unverifiable to date. In any case, we will provide honest advice. The Myth of the Burning Garbage Dump of Gehenna. If this parable is supposed to teach anything about punishment in the afterlife, you would think that this gulf would not be necessary. by DrHeiser | Apr 7, 2011 | AAG, Afterlife / Sheol / Hades, Ancient Sites & Archaeology, NakedBible, New Testament | 6 | That’s the title of this worthwhile post from Todd Bolen. (v.23). It is never used by Jesus, and is only found in three places in the new testament, Acts 22:5 and 26:11 where Paul is talking about his 'punishment' of Christians before his conversion, and in Hebrews 10:29 where the context again is between those who adhere to the old covenant in opposition to the new, only this time the tables are turned. It says it is "not quenched". They take Gehenna as a metaphor, which they interpret as unending infernal torment. War. There is no mention in the tons upon tons of writings we have from Church Fathers, Christian and Jewish writers, or even secular writers for that matter. http://www.afterlife.co.nz/2012/featured-article/tracing-the-road-to-gehenna/ An article looking at Gehenna in the OT and why Jesus may have chosen to use this word. Still, a city the size of Jerusalem needed a dump. Yesterday Louis McBride raised the issue (HT: BibleX). 24 “And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”, "If it was clearly taught in scripture, why was no council convened to condemn the heresy of universal salvation …". Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Gehenna refers to the "Valley of Hinnom", which was a garbage dump outside of Jerusalem. We can trace the develope a transition of the place of the dead from a pit to a water filled pit and then to similar with fire. After all, Samaria did not return either but found successors that, though unconneceted with the northern kingdom, called themselves Samaritans. Are there going to be new moons and sabbaths in eternity? Nice work. At least until a council comes along decades later and says that anyone not confessing a belief in an "eternal hell" is not a Christian? And why should it? There is it — Gehenna seen from a hilltop in Jerusalem. the creed), negative condemnations ("Whosover says …. Thanks for the article, I have always wanted to see some evidence for calling associating Gehenna with a burning trash heap. Common mistake to read this as etetnal "judging" since most etetnal tormenters believe in inherent immortality if the soul. God is not a torturer. And it is obviously contradicting the parable to consider what could happen after the feast for if the kingdom is like that feast and there would be an afterwards, it would no longer be eternal. The purpose is to build your discernment when people say bibley things, and not let evangelical historical sound bites lead you to repeat them. This is talking about a place where the worms do not die, (?the flesh is never fully consumed) and the fire is not quenched. In the other dozen or so, to get the idea of "eternal" you have to read it into the words "aion" and "aionian". Gehenna was a smoldering, smoky valley at the edge of Jerusalem filled with garbage, the refuse that no one needed or wanted, the rotting, unclean, smelly stuff which culture, tradition and the human nose had declared unwelcome to the point of getting rid of it. ", Ezekiel 16:55 "And your sisters, Sodom with her daughters and Samaria with her daughters, will return to what they were before; and you and your daughters will return to what you were before.". This is a false teaching. Marcellus was important at Nicea (325) and still condemned a heretic later, with even one line in the Creed directed against him. [Jude uses the fate of Sodom as recounted in Genesis as a type of divine punishment. In the days of Jesus, the valley was used as the city dump. Lambs? There was not a trash pile perpetually burning. Are you serious? One should also remember that archeology developers it's conclusions from the remains of history and of necessity because of the often small amount found makes wrong conclusions. Are there going to be new moons and sabbaths in eternity? Mk. McBride has more details and the sources in his post. It doesn't say whether anyone would do that. I cannot vouch for Jerome, his meaning or his wording. Why sign up? I also find it hard to be confident in any council since they often allow someone to have a leading role who would be declared a heretic a short time later, like the case of Marcellus you brought up.There seemed to be a lot of see-sawing going on. You would think this would have been addressed early on if the case was clear cut and universal salvation was heresy. Spare us your pseudo-physics which can teach us nothing about the afterlife in the New Jerusalem. It is a reasonable deduction that there would be a dump and also reasonable that sometimes it would be alite and bodies throw there for shame. Paul is not only full of your verses but also full of admonition that salvation through grace doesn't mean a free ride for everybody. And speaking of context, you are ignoring the context that Jesus is alluding to in this passage, and that is Isaiah 66:23-24. I went to a website and read the list of anathemas directed against his teachings and found out that he goes farther than the final restoration of all of mankind and goes as far as saying the devil would one day be repentant and saved. You talk of the teaching of the "church" from the earliest days. "I doubt I will convince you of anything and I don't have time to continue a running debate, but every time I go through this process, I learn something so it has been worth it.". Second, the whole passage is disproportionate – that is the point: that Christ rejects a minimal, just-barely-pass morality but rather sets a very high standard to his followers. The Myth of the Burning Garbage Dump of Gehenna, http://www.afterlife.co.nz/2012/featured-article/tracing-the-road-to-gehenna/, Universalism and The Reality of Eternal Punishment: The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of Eternal Punishment, https://www.google.com/maps/@31.7686626,35.2333475,3a,56.6y,328.92h,103.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1szm6A_bN1OCNC7ikOFCcVTw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656. But of course, some know-it-all flippig through pages will know it better! He remarked, “Gehenna is a repugnant place, into which filth and cadavers are thrown, and in which fires perpetually burn in order to consume the filth and bones; on which account, by analogy, the judgement of the wicked is called ‘Gehenna.’. Topheth was also called the Valley of Ben Hinnom (Hebrew) and was also known as Gehenna (Greek). ", Ezekiel 16:55 – "When thy sisters, SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS SHALL RETURN TO THEIR FORMER ESTATE, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.". In Jerusalem, in the Valley of Hinnom, there is a large trash dump referred to in the Book of Matthew as “ Gehenna ”. The idea is that the Valley of Hinnon laid just south of Jerusalem, immediately outside its walls, and that all the refuse and waste from Jerusalem was burned there, and it was pretty much the most disgusting and horrifying place on earth. Jerome also used the phrase "en aeturnum et ultra" ("in eternity and beyond") in his commantary on Collosians. It is not "people" who ingore context but you who are grasping at straws of literal nitpicking to justify your beliefs in the light of what Christ or others as recorded in Scripture clearly taught.]. 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