Sunday, August 26, 2007

Holtz on Hell

MYTH
The Bible does not give clear and consistent teachings about Hell

Apostate Brian Holtz says (AAC.2002) that "Jesus failed to leave clear teachings about … [H]ell."

On the contrary, the Bible's doctrine of Hell is perfectly clear.

In Hell=Gehenna=Infernus, the damned (men and demons) are subject to everlasting punishment [Is 66:24; Jer 18:7; Mt 25:41,46; Mk 9:43,45,47; 1 Cor 6:9-10; 2 Thess 1:9; Jam 2:10; 2 Pt 2:21; Rev 14:11; 19:3; 20:10] by corporeal fire [Wis 5:21; Mt 3:12; 13:42,50; 18:8; 25:41; Jude 7; Rev 19:20] of the same species as elemental fire [Wis 11:17; Is 30:33], brimstone and storms of winds [Ps 10:7; Is 30:33], snow waters [Job 24:19], an incorporeal worm which is the remorse of conscience (pain of loss) [Judith 16:21; Sir 7:19], incorporeal weeping [Lk 13:28; Rev 18:7], and material darkness [Ps 28:7; Mt 22:13; 25:30; 2 Pt 2:17; Jude 13]. The damned, who hate God [Ps 73:23] and always will evil and by right and deliberate reason wish not to be [Sir 41:3-4; Jer 20:14; Mt 26:24; Rev 9:6], repent indirectly by hating sin on account of the punishment with which it is connected [Wis 5:3], and they wish that the saints are damned [Is 14:9; 26:11]. The damned, whose pains are essentially immutable and differ in degree according to demerit, can use knowledge they acquired on earth [Lk 16:25] and they see the glory of the blessed [Wis 5:2; Lk 16:23]. Hell is beneath the earth [Nu 16:31; Jonah 2:4; Ps 54:16; Is 5:14; 14:9; Ek 26:20; Mt 12:40; Phil 2:10; Rev 5:3] and has plenty of room for the bodies of the damned [Prov 30:15-16].

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