So I've thought.. hm.. felt? known? understood? ugh.. sometimes its just to hard to find the right word. This has been pressing on my heart in a positive way for quite a while. As I've come to the Way, Torah, Y'shoah, Jesus, from a strange avenue.
See I was raised in a home with a father who was first and foremost concerned with being Christ-like and truly from a Hebraic context. I went to a Christian school, but it was only different in that they required a bible class and the teachers were believers... We didn't go to church all the time as often my pop wasn't really liked by pastors so I never received indoctrination there... then on to college and it was a baptist university where they again required a bible class and to go to the school church sometimes but that never stopped me from being the typical college student neck deep in what makes me and only me happy. Then I married an incredible man who was not religious at all but the most loving, kind and patient person I'd ever met... he had more fruit of the spirit then most Christians I knew. Still never went to church but occasionally and usually for christian religious holidays.
Don't get me wrong, I never doubted for a moment that there was a God, that He sent his Son, that there was a Spirit that held me close.. but it was only that... just a knowing... never did a thing about it. As my pop would say, "I never let it bother me much" lol.. I love my parents so much they are such a gift. I was also raised to be a patriot of America. I loved my country.. I didn't really know much about why I felt that either.. but that love of country is what lit the fire that burnt away all the dogmas of men and dropped me right in the lap of my loving Shepherd, Yahshoah, Y'shoah, Jesus, the Way, the Truth, the Life, my Torah. Strange right...lol..So I'm not going to expound on that part of my journey right now.. if you wanna know more just pop a comment below and I'll divulge.
But for now, the topic at hand is the concept of an eternal hell of fire and torment being a man made idea. I started thinking this after learning so much about the Paleo Hebrew Alefbeit via Eriktology on YouTube from Eric Bissell. It released me from worrying about all of those loved ones whom I thought were going to go to hell because they didn't subscribe to the Christian theology I understood before. I knew that as I read the ancient scriptures from before Y'shoah and the scriptures He used to teach his apostles, that I didn't see this horrible place spoken of. I read that people died and were gathered to their fathers... that after death there was no more consciousness. Even before the Paleo Hebrew study, I felt that the concept I knew of hell had to be a state of a spirit with in a person who had no connection to their Maker. I watched people live out what I saw as hell on earth. I saw a loving and merciful Creator who allowed his children to leave him or to even never find him whilst they lived but allowed their death to be the end of that.
Then today a friend of mine, that I know through my parents, who is observant of the Way, asked me a question. He said "I'm curious - if you care to share - what you meant by you no longer fear for your husbands eternal well being." I read this and started to think about how to answer. I let it sit a while and decided to look on YouTube for a video I'd watched before about the Christian concept of hell but couldn't find it. So I did a search for "christian conceptualization of hell" and found this link.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I read this. It is exactly what I was thinking and I wanted to share it with you all. I have looked at a couple other pages on this site and I realize the author seems to not understand Paul nor understand that Y'shoah is the Torah that Paul spoke of. I am grateful though for the page I found initially as it put my thoughts into words!
shalom vahavah echad!
peace and one love