Justification by Faith, What the Bible Says About Hell and a Fairy Tale Gospel

I found three excellent blog discussions for you: 1) a discussion of Romans IV and the doctrine of ‘justification by faith,’ 2) What does the Bible say about Hell? Can it be that the Biblical vision of hell is simply a mistranslation from Greek to Latin? and 3) is God too kind and loving to condemn anyone to Hell?

My first blog friend (and my mentor), Barb Sowell at Faultline USA has two compelling discussions going. In A fairy tale Gospel Where Everybody Lives Happily Ever After, she looks at Christian Universalism and salvation after death. Yes, you read it right – after death. The discussion is based on an article in the Christian Post. Do you need ‘faith’ in Jesus Christ before you die, or will you have the opportunity to plead your case after death, when you see the Glory of God (or not)?

In a second Faultline USA discussion this week, a ‘theologian’ (or not) has written a book declaring that Hell is fiction and simply derived from a mistranslation from Greek to Latin in the 4th Century A.D. Read What does the Bible say about ‘Hell?’ here and join the discussion by commenting.

Carl Middleton’s column this week looks at ‘justification by faith’ and Romans IV. Was ‘justification by faith’ a part of the Old Testament? Is the answer found in Romans 4: 13-14? We hear the ‘hope’ almost every day. What does the word ‘hope’ mean to us outside of politics? Carl asks?

How did Abraham believe in hope? “Hope” … is a primary word which means to anticipate with an expectation or confidence.

Read The Confidence of Romans IV here.

Praying God’s blessing for persecuted Christians across the globe, and especially for those trying to survive the Arab Spring.

Some of my previous Sunday Faith News and Views columns:

Libyan Christians are all Foreigners: What Do You Know about Noah’s Grandfather?

Without the Conviction of Doing Right, the Conscience Condemns

The Witness of Billy Rivers: A Hardened Biker Switches Gears

Benjamin Franklin on the absence of The Word of God and what is your particular “thorn in the flesh?” and a Dietrich Bonhoeffer Bible study.

The European Union and Christianity erased from calendars, on being a blessing to others, and what really happened in Eden. What would it be like to now recognize evil?

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • Maggie …

    This is what I found at your second link …

    “According to Noe, the Bible says absolutely nothing about Hell and neither did Jesus. It’s all just been a horrible mistake in translation. And this horrible mistake led to “one of Christianity’s most offensive doctrines.”

    Well now I know why the Lord had me finish just last night my newest study on … “Eternal Hell.”

    So, if you don’t mind, I will post this study on what Jesus said about Hell next week. Jesus actually spoke more about Hell then He did about Heaven.

    I hope most of your readers still believe the Bible. I know you and I do.

    Blessings my friend.

    • Carl, that was the so-called ‘theologian,’ not Faultline’s viewpoint. She was stunned by it, and was pointing out that these Universalists are out there writing books that other people buy. When I read her article, I knew that Hell was mentioned but didn’t know how many times. I pulled out my Strong’s to verify. I’ll look forward to your article this week.

  • Oh yes, I also touch on Universal Salvation in the study of Eternal Hell. I believe it’s the same thing as your first link to Faultline USA. See you then.

  • I am no scholar but I can read and comprehend what is written. I can also research using what limited knowledge I have of Hebrew and of Greek. Based on research I have come to the following conclusion.

    Noe evidently does not understand the Hebrew language or chose to ignore it. If he had researched the word Hell he would have found it mentioned frequently in the Old Testament beginning in Deuteronomy . The Hebrew word for Hell is Sh(e)owl or sh(e)ole, meaning Hades or the world of the dead(as if a subterranean [retreat(italicized)] incl. its accessories and inmates—grave, hell, pit.

    It is mentioned no less than 31 times if one takes the time to look up the Scriptures referring directly to Hell as used in the Hebrew.

    In the New Testament the word Hell is found 23 or more times with references to Hell as the Lake of Fire (Greek word Pour or Pura fire as in lightening(which is in reference to the heat found in the Lake of Fire aka Hell, Hades, Sheowl (Hebrew)
    It is mentioned 12 times in the book of Matthew and by Jesus directly 7 times. On at least two of these occasions he spoke the words in Hebrew since he was addressing the Scribes and Pharisees. On the other occasions Jesus was probably speaking in Aramaic which was the language of the people in his day.
    We find it mentioned 3 times in Mark which was probably written in the Greek since Mark wrote mainly to the Greek speaking Gentiles rather than the Jews. 3 times Hell is mentioned in Luke ,once in the book of James and again in 2 Peter which may have been recorded by Mark, who was a disciple of Peter and accompanied him on several of his journeys. Peter is dying at the time he is writing 1St and 2nd Peter and is writing these letters to those who have been dispersed from Jerusalem to various parts of the world. Since that is the possible scenario then the words would have been written in Greek.

    In Revelation Hell is mentioned and described on four occasions and there are references as well to the Lake of Fire (see previous explanation and translation of Lake of Fire above.)

    So Dr. Noe seems to be less than accurate or less than truthful in his assumptions. Given his relationship with the Universalist views of a god who would certainly send no one to hell and also the Inclusionist doctrine of Carlton Pearson the teaching of Hell is not acceptable. One can only wonder why.

    In the following link one can find a discussion of Pluralism, Diversity, and Inclusion. Inclusion is about a third of the way down but the entire article deals with the entire subject of Pluralism, Diversity and Inclusion; http://willhefindfaith.blogspot.com/2009/02/pluralism.html

    You can also find Carltons Inclusion Doctrine and a discussion of such here: http://www.ondoctrine.com/10pearso.htm

  • AFticker, thanks for the good links. Some pastors are like Democrats (are probably Democrats) and want you t love them and their teachings, and so their teachings are false, so as not to make you feel uncomfortable…or, in this case, so that you will buy his book.