Friday, February 15, 2008

Sheol - Job 7:9

The twelfth time Sheol is mentioned in the Bible is in Job 7:9. Chapter 7 is one of the most anguishing parts of Job's discourse, as he pointedly questions the persistent trials he suffered.

As usual, translating from Hebrew, we get:

"The cloud fades - vanishes - so he who goes down to Sheol shall not come up." - Job 7:9

The KJV renders it this way: "As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more."

This compares the person who goes to Sheol to a fading, vanishing cloud. It is an apt description, since our bodies dissolve and turn to "dust" after death.
Here, like we've seen so far, Sheol clearly means the grave.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sheol - The book of Job

To recap, so far we have learned that Sheol is in the ground and very little more. Our examinations of the first 11 times it is mentioned have yielded "grave" as the best possible translation of this Hebrew word.

Now, we move on to the book of Job, which is a fascinating story of the nature of suffering and what we perceive as personal injustice. Sheol is mentioned 8 times in the Job alone!

Although the majority of Job is considered Hebrew poetry, we can still glean some insights on Sheol and how the Jews viewed it.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sheol - 1 Kings 2:6 and 1 Kings 2:9

The tenth and eleventh time the word Sheol is used in the Old Testament is in 1 Kings 2:6 and 1 Kings 2:9 which are part of a very bloody chapter.

At this juncture, King David is near death and gives some commands to his son Solomon, who is next in line for the throne. He gives his command to Solomon to kill Joab, who was a rather wicked and bloodthirsty commander of the army.

"And do according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray hair go down to Sheol in peace." - 1 Kings 2:6

Obviously, this also refers to the grave. There is no way that Solomon could control whether Joab had a peaceful time in Sheol if it meant a place of torment.

Then King David tells Solomon to kill Shimei who also was a thorn in his side during his rule.

"And now, do not acquit him, for you are a wise man, and you know that which you shall do to him, and shall bring down his gray hair, with blood, to Sheol." - 1 Kings 2:9

This also is referring to the grave, just like the previous entry.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sheol - 2 Samuel 22:6

The 9th time we see the word Sheol in the Old Testament is in 2 Samuel 22:6.

This time, King David is singing a praise song to YHVH for deliverance from his enemies.

To put it in context, I'm including the whole sentence from v.5 to v.7
"When surround me the waves of death; the torrents of wickedness overwhelm me, the cords of Sheol are round about me; confront me the snares of death; in my distress I called on YHVH and to God."

The Hebrew here is a little choppy, so let's clean it up:
"When the waves of death surround me, the torrents of wickedness overwhelm me, the cords of Sheol are around me and the snares of death confront me, in my distress I called on YHVH and to God."

David was clearly alive when he wrote this, and had not been killed by Saul or any of his enemies, but surely believed that it was possible that he would be. The adjectives used - waves, torrents, cords, and snares - all describe a sense of being inexorably trapped. Waves and snares describe death, which pursue and eventually catch us all. "Torrents of wickedness" describe not only the people that tried to kill David, but also the lingering fear of death. Finally, cords of Sheol describe much the same as snares of death - it is not something we can escape.

No matter how we look at this one, Sheol means nothing more than the grave. You can't escape it. Only Jesus did!

Sheol - 1 Samuel 2:6

The 8th time we see the word Sheol in the Old Testament is in 1 Samuel 2:6. Note that neither Joshua, nor Judges (the 6th and 7th books of the Old Testament, respectively) give any mention of the word Sheol.

In this context, a young woman named Hannah is saying a prayer of thanksgiving to YHVH for giving her a son, Samuel, whom she "loaned" to YHVH for all of his life. Her prayer encompasses 1 Samuel 2:1 to 1 Samuel 2:10 and is a good example of a praise to God.

Of interest to us, when looking at Sheol, is the passage at 1 Samuel 2:6 which states:
"YHVH kills and keeps alive. He brings down [to] Sheol and brings up."

When we look at this passage it should be pretty clear what we've discovered already. Sheol is the grave - a place of death, and it is down beneath the earth.

Sheol - Deuteronomy 32:22

The 7th time we find the word Sheol used in the Old Testament is in Deuteronomy 32:22 which is also the final time we see it in the Pentateuch (or the Five Books of Moses).

This time, it is in the context of a song that Moses gave the congregation of Israel shortly before his death. (cf. Deut 31:30)
This song begins from Deut 32:1 until Deut 32:43 and is typical of Hebrew poetry in that God is portrayed as a loving God, then it shows His anger at the betrayal of His people and their subsequent punishment and finally ends with redemption and hope. It is a recurring theme in the Old Testament.

However, our study is about Sheol and Hell. Deuteronomy 32:22 says (translated directly from Hebrew):
"For a fire is breaking out in My anger, and it shall burn to lowest Sheol, and it shall devour the earth and its produce, and it shall scorch the foundations of the mountains."

Clearly the "it" refers to the fire, except the obvious place of "its" produce, which refers to the earth.
This passage describes the totality of God's wrath at some future time period, since the earth has not been devoured by fire, nor have the mountains been scorched in human history.

Bear in mind that this is not only a poetic description of God's wrath to Israel for their idolotry, but also a glimpse of end-time prophecy where all nations will be punished.

But does this tell us that Sheol, the grave, is a place of burning? Clearly not in this context. God's wrath, manifested in fire, has not taken place yet. So, Sheol, at least in this passage is not burning, yet.

There is something else interesting about this passage, in that it uses an adjective "lowest" to describe Sheol. This has the implication that there are different "depths" of Sheol. Let's keep that in mind as we continue on with the remaining 57 instances of Sheol in the Old Testament.

Friday, February 1, 2008

A Young Man Named Levi

I saw a special on TV a few weeks back called "Jesus Camp" for the first time.

Now, I want to say up front that I didn't really care much for the "documentary" because I thought it portrayed Christianity in an almost cult-like fashion. And, I will readily admit that my perception is primarily influenced by the fact that I am not a Pentacostal/Charismatic type of believer.

That aside, I was smitten by the sincerity and zeal of one of the youngsters portrayed in the film, a young man by the name of Levi. How apt, I thought - Levi, named after the Israelite tribe responsible for the care and feeding of the Lord's flock.

Festooned with a ponytail and sincere, boyish face, Levi fearlessly articulated and opined about Jesus in front of a sea of rapt faces. His family, equally zealous to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, took the lad all over the country as part of his missionary work. Levi was seen, unplussed and unafraid, in Washington D.C. at the steps of the Supreme Court building demonstrating his cause.

My fascination with young Levi prompted me to look him up on the Internet and email him and his parents. Interestingly, he replied to me, and we've been sharing our thoughts on Jesus, suffering, and other Christian topics.

And as I read Levi's words, I am left wondering if he will one day be one of the great Evangelists who fearlessly step forward to feed the flock and convince the unbelievers of the Saving Grace and Salvation that comes from Jesus alone. He's a teenager now, and I'm hoping that the pressures of the world, and all the temptations therein, will not sway this young man from a very noble destiny.

Only time will tell.

JC Masters

Wow, it's February, and I'm way behind...

Being a writer has its own challenges. It's not like we punch a clock or anything, or have a boss who stands over us while we bang out words for you to consume.

No, a writer lives on his own time schedule. Beats his own drum, so to speak.

I have to admit, I have stepped off the cliff of activity into the oblivion of procrastination and unmotivation. And, if I were working for anyone but the Lord Jesus Christ, I might have been alright with that.

But no. I *am* doing this for Him, and I'm ashamed at the late night TV watching and overall slacking. When I have a "real" job, I am often heard saying, "Work as if you are working for the Lord." Well, now I'm working for the Lord, and I've been caught napping.

Oh, sure, I can come up with all kinds of reasons, legitimate and not. But, in the end, it's just excuse making at it's finest.

Well, no more. It's time to get back on track. Even though I will miss my (albeit self-imposed) deadline, I will continue to move forward to produce my new book, "What the Hell? Simple Answers to Life's Most Burning Questions" for Christians and non-Christians alike.

But it will not be available in mid-February like I promised. Probably mid-March.

Thankfully, my Boss is infinitely forgiving and I fall upon the throne of grace humbly accepting His forgiveness and encouragement to move forward.

Thank you for understanding, Jesus. I love you, my friend, Lord, and Savior.

JC Masters

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Why I Don't Believe Bill Wiese Went To Hell

Occasionally, my research for my upcoming book, "What the Hell? Simple Answers to Life's Most Burning Questions", takes me to the testimonies and personal experiences of others regarding Hell.
Recently, I came across the book, "23 Minutes In Hell", by Bill Wiese. Now, I don't know Bill Wiese and I have nothing against the man. In fact, as a fellow Christian, I am overjoyed that he is seeking to spread the gospel in his own way. However, after reading his book, cover to cover, I was left thinking that either the man was deceived, or was intentionally pushing an agenda. Not knowing him, as I said, I dare not conjecture which.

The book speaks of him somehow being catapulted into a Dante's Inferno type of Hell while, presumably, asleep in his bed. Now, if you are not familiar with Dante's Inferno, it is a part of a larger poem written by a man named Dante Alighieri in the 14th century which greatly influenced the Church's perception of Hell. Inferno, of course, was a fictitious poem, not having anything to do with Biblical Scripture, but was more about Dante's political angst against some of his enemies at the time.

Wiese borrows a significant amount of the descriptors in Inferno in his alleged trip to Hell. I don't fault him for that, as it is the meat and drink of modern Christianity, however wrong it may be.

There are, however, some very strange inconsistencies in Wiese's story which require the observant reader to take notice. I will address them individually.

1. He claims to have gone to bed at Midnight on 23 NOV 1998 and was "catapulted out of my bed into the very pit of hell." (p. 2) So, by his own testimony, he was in bed at the time of his "departure" to hell, he says, at 3:00 am. However, his wife, Annette, whom he appropriately and tenderly describes in his book, says this on p. 46: "I woke up to screams coming from down the hallway. My first reaction was to look to my right to see if Bill was there beside me in bed. He wasn't." So, the million dollar question is, how did Bill get from being in his bed to laying on the floor several rooms away if he was in Hell the whole time, with no way to control his body in the meantime?

2. Annette continues on with this: "I turned to my left and looked at the digital clock, and noticed that it was 3:23 a.m. I got out of bed and WALKED down the hallway to the living room where I found Bill in a fetal position with his hands grasping at the sides of his head. His breathing was erratic, and he was screaming, "I feel like I'm going to die!" I thought he was having a heart attack." - Emphasis mine. I don't know about you, but if someone *I* loved was in a fetal position on the floor, and their screams woke me up, I would RUN, not walk to wherever they were. Her testimony does not match what a prudent person would do under those circumstances, and the rest of her story is similarly unbelievable. She didn't call 911 when she believed he was having a heart attack, even when he was screaming the entire time she was praying over him. No woman I have spoken to, even Christian ones, has agreed that they would have done the same under similar circumstances, knowing what Annette knew at the time she had awoken.

3. He claimed several times during the book, that he was unable to think of the Lord during his time in Hell because Jesus Himself prevented it. (p. 37) There are two problems with that. First, how would he know that the demons in his cell were blaspheming against a God he didn't know? (p. 4) Second, in his alleged encounter with Jesus, all Jesus said was, "I kept it from you" but did not otherwise give an explanation. Wiese offered an explanation, but that didn't come from Jesus.

4. Upon arrival to his cell, initially, Wiese said he could not stand due to an inexplicable weakness, which apparently never got better. (p. 2) However, after getting soundly whupped on by 2 of his 4 giant demon captors, somehow, with his chest ripped open and in the new found pitch blackness, he was able to stand up and walk away. He offered no explanation how he somehow "adjusted" to his predicament and got stronger, even as his circumstances got much, much worse.

5. After escaping his cell and demonic tormentors, he said he was taken back there to get roughed up again, prone on the floor. Then, all of a sudden, he was standing next to the pit of fire 10 miles away without any explanation as to how he was carried such a vast distance instantaneously, or how he managed to stand up after being nearly drawn and quartered. (p. 14)

6. During his encounter with Jesus, he claimed that he arose from the bottom of the cavern and was rising in the air. Then suddenly Jesus appeared, and he fell to His feet. How is that possible when both are floating in the air? What could he have fallen on?

7. His testimony, indeed the title of the book, indicates that he had been in Hell proper for 23 minutes, but clearly that couldn't be the case because he claimed that Jesus took him out of Hell and into outer space, and then back to his home. That time between his departure from Hell and his arrival at home clearly would have eaten into his 23 minutes.

8. His "abduction" at 3:00 am - Now this may picking nits, but why would Jesus take Bill at the tail end of what is referred to as the "Witching Hour"?

9. Finally, and this is perhaps the most damning (pardon the pun) to his story, but Scripture clearly states that folks don't go to Hell and return back to the earth. In fact, according to the Lazarus and the rich man parable, it is strictly forbidden because nobody would believe the person anyway. Jesus ABSOLUTELY would not violate His own Word. And for Wiese to have actually gone to Hell and come back would contradict God's Word. This beats even the previously mentioned contradictions in Wiese's story.

So, that leaves us with the nagging question, why would Wiese experience this, if he experienced it at all? Bear in mind that Wiese is a professed Christian since 1970 and has had 28 years to learn the Bible and Hell mythology as it pertains to Christianity today - prior to this event. I don't think he hallucinated it, but he may have dreamed it. And he could have just made it up.

If he dreamed it, then he clearly was being deceived. I have no clue why he would make it up, other than to add more validity to the Hell scare tactics that have produced recalcitrant and often backsliding pseudo-converts througout the ages.

Does this mean that his book is entirely bad? No, not really. He does make some standard Christian points that Jesus, not our own "goodness" or good works, is the way to Heaven. That's the gospel in a nutshell, and thankfully Wiese does not waver from that point at any time. Does he use a substantial portion of his biblical references inappropriately or out of context. Yes, and that's a very pervasive scourge in modern Christian writings that is incredibly annoying, not to mention dangerous.

All that being said, I believe Bill Wiese to be an earnest Christian man who is doing what he can to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others, in his own way. Do I believe his story? Absolutely's inconsistent as well as being unbiblical. But I, in no way doubt his faithfulness to Jesus or his commitment to spreading the Gospel.

I will email him to see if he wants to address any of the points I made, or to clarify areas of confusion on my part, and if he deigns to answer, I will put it here for all to see.

May the Peace and Love of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you always,

JC Masters

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sheol - Numbers 16:30, 33

The 5th and 6th times the word Sheol is used in the Old Testament is in Numbers 16:30 and right afterward in Numbers 16:33.

Before we look at those passages, Numbers 16 details a story about how three men, Korah, Dathan and Abiram, along with 250 other influential leaders, were questioning Yahweh's appointment of Aaron and Moses as leaders. Moses humbled himself before his accusers and prayed to Yahweh publicly to show them His will.
Then Dathan and Abiram made some false accusations against Moses, who became angry and prayed to Yahweh.

Moses, after getting Yahweh's instructions, tells the congregation to get away from the tents of those three men. What happens next is very interesting.

Moses puts it on Yahweh to perform His will by showing a miraculous sign that Moses himself certainly could not produce. He says in v. 30, "But if YHVH creates a new thing and the ground opens her mouth and swallows them, and all that they have, and they go alive, to Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised YHVH."

This tells us that Sheol is in the ground. This makes sense because graves are in the ground. But what's interesting is that it says that these people will go alive to Sheol. Fortunately, v. 33 sheds more light on this.

And they sank, they and all they had, alive to Sheol, and the earth covered over them, and they perished from among the assembly.

So this tells us that the errant people were alive when they sank into the earth, and were destroyed in the process. The Hebrew word for perished in this verse is 'abad which means to be destroyed. It is used many times in the Old Testament.

Even though those people went down, alive, to Sheol, they didn't stay that way. Common sense tells us that if the ground were to open up, swallow us, and cover us up, that our chances of survival in such an event would be slim to none.

In any case, there is no reading of suffering, torment or any other continuing consciousness or existence, in these passages.

Friday, January 11, 2008

I'm a Christopreneur

Ok, I'll admit it. I just made up the word Christopreneur at 12:31am on 11 JAN 2008.

The definition of entrepreneur is found on Wikipedia and it begins with:

"An entrepreneur is a person who operates a new enterprise or venture and assumes some accountability for the inherent risks."

So, I'm coining the term Christopreneur to be defined as:

"A Christopreneur is a person who operates a new Christ centered enterprise or venture and assumes some accountability for the inherent risks."

So, why am I a Christopreneur?
Frankly, it's because I love Jesus Christ and believe that producing or recommending quality Christian products to earn capital to do the Lord's work in helping the poor and sick is better than asking for mere donations.

Here's what a Christopreneur is:
  • It is someone who runs his/her business with a Christ like mentality. "What would Jesus do?" is not an afterthought, but the modus operandi of the organization.
  • It is someone who sells a quality product, and channels the profits to performing God's work.

That's what a Christopreneur is, but here's what it's not:

  • It's not someone who lines their own pockets by preying on gullible Christians and non-believers.
  • It's not someone who doesn't give back to the community.

Are there other Christopreneurs out there? Oh yeah! And thank God for that!

Agape to you,

JC Masters

P.S. Check out the "Cool Things for Christians" links in the right column.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Asking Atheists and Agnostics on Yahoo! Answers again.

I love diversity of thought.
And I love discussing God, Jesus, and Christianity with folks who are non-believers. Especially when it's a level headed, cool discussion. "Let us reason together."

So I asked this question on Yahoo! Answers, "Atheists and Agnostics, What kind of evidence would prove to you that Hell exists?"

I got a few good replies, but one in particular, by NH Baritone, struck me as interesting. Apparently, he found the question interesting enough to put on his own blog also, and we're sharing a discussion there, as well.

Check it out.

JC Masters

Recap of Sheol in Genesis

All 4 times that Sheol is used in Genesis was in the context of a comment by Jacob/Israel who understood it simply to be a place of interrment upon death. No context of burning, fire, cold, wet, dry, or even consciousness or awareness was stated or implied at this point.

Now, Moses wrote the book of Genesis, which took place prior to his birth.
Next, we will look at the remainder of the mentions of Sheol in the Pentateuch (which is simply the five books of Moses - Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy).

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sheol - Genesis 44:31

The fourth time the word Sheol is used in the old testament is in Genesis 44:31.

" will happen when he sees that the youth is not [with us], he will die, and your servants will bring the gray hair of your servant, our father, in sorrow, to Sheol."

In Genesis 44:29, a few passages earlier, Jacob was directly quoted by Judah, who is speaking to his brother Joseph in Egypt. Here in this passage, Judah emphasizes again the consequences of Joseph keeping Benjamin, their youngest brother, in Egypt.
Again, Sheol, in this passage, is referring to the grave, just like it had in the previous 3 verses.

Sheol - Genesis 44:29

The third time Sheol is in the Old Testament is in Genesis 44:29, which is a continuation of the Joseph story.

It reads: "And [if] you take also this one from my face and happen on him harm, you will bring my gray hair, in sorrow, to Sheol."

Clearly, this again is referring to the grave, as it is nearly the exact same wording spoken by Jacob in our previous passage.

This time, the brothers are quoting Jacob in front of their brother Joseph, who is doing a rather intense Q&A session with them!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Sheol - Genesis 42:38

This entry continues the story of Jacob, who already previously lost his son Joseph.

Genesis 42:38, translated directly from Hebrew in an Interlinear Bible, says:
And he said, "My son shall not go with you, for his brother is dead, and he alone is left. And [if] harm come[s] to him in the way which you go in, you would bring down my gray hair, in sorrow, to Sheol."

This is remarkably similar to what Jacob said before when he mourned the alleged death of his son Joseph. Now, the brothers want to take Joseph's younger son, Benjamin (from Jacob's second wife, Rachel, whom he loved) to Egypt because the person they want grain from (Joseph in disguise) demanded it.

Jacob is, at this point, having no part of it.

But, getting back to Sheol, clearly this is referring to the same place, or state of being as it did in Genesis 37:35. Furthermore, Jacob is clearly stating that he would die of grief.

Sheol - Genesis 37:35

I've decided that I'm going to share some of my research on Hell, beginning with each instance where it is mentioned in the bible. Specifically, every place where the original language (in this entry, Hebrew) word is used.

The first place the word Sheol (which is commonly translated "grave" and "hell") is found is at Genesis 37:35.

Translated directly from Hebrew in an Interlinear Bible, it says:
And arose all his sons and all his daughters to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, "I will go down to my son, mourning, to Sheol. And his father wept for him."

The "he" in this passage is Jacob/Israel who was just informed that his favorite son, Joseph, had been mauled by wild animals. It was a setup by Joseph's brothers, but Jacob assumed they were telling the truth.

Now, just so we are clear on the construct of Jacob's statement, "I will go down to my son, mourning, to Sheol," note that there are two prepositional phrases there.

To my son, and;
To Sheol.

It doesn't really matter which one is taken first, because both point to Sheol. Jacob is saying that his son, Joseph, is in Sheol, because he is dead. Furthermore, he says that he will go there too, where his son already is. Even though Joseph wasn't really dead, Jacob believed he was, and uttered his statement based on that belief.

The fact that he said he would go mourning, means that he would die in sorrow. Clearly, that didn't happen, even though Joseph was dead to him for many years until they went to be reunited in Egypt.

Obviously, this Sheol is merely referencing the grave, and not some burning place of torment.

Friday, January 4, 2008

A cool place to post Religious ideas

Here's a cool place to post your thoughts about any religion, not just Christianity.

Religious Forums

See you there!

JC Masters

Thursday, January 3, 2008

A little bit about Sheol

In case you didn't know, the Old Testament of the Christian bible was originally written in Hebrew, not English, by Jews, not Christians.
Every single one of the 65 times you see the word "Hell" in the Old Testament, it is translated from a Hebrew word, Sheol.

Sheol, put simply, referred to the grave. But that's not to say that the Hebrew poetry of Psalms, Job, Proverbs, etc., didn't personify Sheol in some way.
A way we do this in English is to say something like, "If he heard that, he'll be rolling over in his grave." Obviously, we know nobody can roll over in their grave.

The Jews initially really had no concept of an afterlife prior to a general resurrection of the dead. They believed that Sheol was a place where your consciousness (or awareness) wavered in and out in a quasi-dreamlike state. But you neither interacted with, nor perceived others in this state. It was, in all respects, like sleeping.


JC Masters

A New Poll About the Afterlife

I evaluated the comments from the good folks at Y!A R&S and thought I'd put up another poll.

The question is simple, "Where do you believe you'll go after you die?"

Let's see what they think!

Until next time,

JC Masters

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Origin of the word "Hell"

While doing research for my upcoming book, "What the Hell? Simple Answers to Life's Most Burning Questions", I did some looking up of the english meaning of the word Hell.

An online source I found useful was here:

Notice it gives a nice etymology and background for the word Hell.

Is it possible that our understanding of Hell has been skewed over the centuries?

We'll find out!

JC Masters

Why write about Hell?

Of all things to write about, Hell is probably the most challenging.

Many people have opinions on what it is, if anything, and where it is. The place where, if we are going to trust God, it will be defined is in the Bible.

When I was a youngster, the concept of Hell absolutely terrified me. I burnt myself once playing with matches when I was about 6 or so, and it hurt like...oh, you know. It was inconceivable to me that I could feel that pain all over my body instead of just on my finger.

I watched an episode of Star Trek with my mom, who was a fan of the show in the 60's and there was this guy, Christopher Pike, who was being manipulated mentally by these big headed aliens. One of the scenes was him in a pool of water (probably supposed to be burning oil) with flames all around him, and he was in agony.
I asked my mom what that was, and she said he was in Hell.

That image, cheesy as it was, stayed in my mind for years.

So, I had a personal interest in this Hell bit, even from an early age. And when I became old enough to actually research it on my own, I was startled at my discoveries.

And that's what my book, "What the Hell? Simple Answers to Life's Most Burning Questions" is all about.

Coming soon in February 2008!


JC Masters

New Poll asking What do you think Hell is?

I've been a member of the Yahoo! Answers community for quite some time now.
There is a community on there called Religion and Spirituality where there can be some very good questions posted. Of course, this is the Internet, and there are plenty of trolls and ne'er-do-wells out there, but for the most part, it's pretty low key and informative.

These types of communities are good for getting a non-scientific pulse on popular opinion, which is good for perfunctory research.

So, welcome R&Sers!

In Christ,

JC Masters

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Thoughts about Hell

What are the common beliefs about Hell?

Most, if they believe in Hell at all, believe that it is a place of burning torment that lasts forever.
Others believe that we are living in Hell right here on the earth.
Some believe that Hell is a place where a huge party of sinful excess is thrown for all sinners in the afterlife.
And there are people who believe that it is a place where red-suited demons with horns, pointy tails and pitchforks reign over people that didn't make the cut to Heaven.

Is Hell any of these things?

We'll find out.

JC Masters

What the Hell? Simple Answers to Life's Most Burning Questions

That's the title of my next book.

"What the Hell? Simple Answers to Life's Most Burning Questions"

Catchy, isn't it?

It's set to be released as an ebook in early February 2008. Coming Soon!

New Year's musings about Hell

Have you ever wondered what happens to you when you die?
Yes, we know that the body decays and turns to dust (chemically breaks down into simpler components). But what about YOU? Your thoughts, your personality, your consciousness?
Do you live on in some disembodied state, or do you cease to exist?
And if you are in a disembodied state, what does that entail? Is there a Heaven? Is there a Hell?
It's one of life's greatest mysteries that science, unfortunately, can't explain.

What about Hell? "What the Hell" is Hell all about, anyway?

Is Hell a place of suffering? Is it a place of burning torment? How long does it last? Forever, or some finite length of time?

Here we will discuss these things, and hopefully, be enlightened!

Until next time,

JC Masters