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Was the Doctrine of Hell Added to the Bible?

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October 20, 2020 1:00 am

Was the Doctrine of Hell Added to the Bible?

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1. In 1 Samuel 21, David pretends to be insane in front of the king of Gath so he wouldn’t be recognized. Was this sinful since he was concealing the truth and trying to deceive the king with his actions? I’ve always thought he was just using his wit to get out of a bad situation, especially since he later claims in Psalms 34 and 56 that he was trusting God to rescue him in that moment. Is it possible for certain kinds of deception to not be rooted in sin but instead simply be shrewd and timely wisdom?

2. Is the bible only true in the original languages, and are subsequent translations tainted with error?

3. My cousin is 16 and her parents are going through a divorce. I believe now would be a good to time to reach out and start sharing with her about Jesus and the gospel, but I don’t know how to start. Any advice?

4. I have family members who are telling me that the doctrine of hell has been added to the bible, and that the original meaning of hell was about refinement and that all religions and spiritualities are mere attempts at trying to get to God. Any idea how to respond to this?

 

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I have family members were telling me that the doctrine of hell has been added to the Bible and that the original meaning of hell was about refinement. Can you tell me how to respond to this. That is one of the questions will be answering on today's edition of Cora Christianity hi this is Bill Meyer along with Pastor Israel Sanchez and this is the radio program where we answer your questions about the Bible and the Christian life every day. You can call us right now with your question.

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This is from Luke and Luke says in first Samuel 21. David pretends to be insane in front of the king of Gath so he wouldn't be recognized was this sinful since he was concealing the truth and trying to deceive the king with his actions always thought he was just using his wet to get out of a bad situation, especially since you later claims in Psalm 34 that he was trusting God to rescue him in that moment. Is it possible for certain kinds of deception not to be rooted in sin, but instead simply to be shrewd and timely wisdom Licking my kids love that story when we were reading through first and second Samuel, you get to first Samuel chapter 21 where David is is acting like he's crazy and I got for little pretty crazy kids that that's cool to read this the accountant for sale 21. Beginning in verse 10, this is David is on the run from King Saul and we read David Rosen fled that day from Saul and went to a cash king of Gath, and the servants of a kiss said to him, is not this David, the king of the land did they not sing to what another of him and dances. Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his 10,000s, and David took these words to heart, and was much afraid of a Kish the king of Gath, and so he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard and so it's one of the ways it David portrays himself here in this passage so that the king of Gath doesn't kill him, I mean David is afraid now I don't think that David was sitting we know what is Psalm that David writes after he sends sounds like it Psalm 51 kb is crying out to the Lord it it's the song that he penned in response to Nathan the prophet confronting him, and he has no problem saying, have mercy upon me oh Lord, I have sent but the song that he writes in response to this account, you bring it up. Psalm 34 doesn't seem to indicate that David had sinned in any way at all. In fact, Psalm 34 begins of David when he changed his mind before I'll be Mela so that he drove him out and he went away and so this is something that David did and David begins that Psalm I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord, let the humble hear and be glad, O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together and in that Psalm, David talks about how the Lord delivers the righteous out of tribulation. When the righteous cry for help.

The Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles first 17 and so I don't think that we could say on the basis of what you have in first Samuel 21 that David was explicitly sending yeah it does seem like he's changing his behavior.

He is being shrewd he's being wise, making sure to not do something that would cause the king to kill him. But there's nothing that indicates that he was sitting not in first Samuel 21 and and certainly not later, as he explained some of these things in the Psalms that he wrote so. Thank you for your question. This is core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez and Israel. Here's a call that came in at 833-843-2673.

This is Elias in New York City and brother Bill Marquart, Bible future, said that the holy Scriptures old and New Testament is only 100% trust for the rule in the original transcripts from the mouth of God. In the original Greek and Hebrew.

Subsequent translations are tainted with era maybe only slight error but what is your God clearly judgment. Mr. King James version of the King James version tainted with era or in God's plan is totally trust toward mutual without error. Please review Boulevard I like to mold on not being perceived by the enemy, Satan, or you misled God give you wish to love mercy and grace kindness. Thank you Barbara Scalise. Thank you and may the Lord give all of those things to you as well.

I really appreciate your question and it's a very, very important question.

Were talking about how to understand the nature and extent of inspiration, the inspiration of the holy Scriptures. Now I want to go into this a little bit because it's a topic that we don't often talk about here on the core but it is this.

As I said, when it's really important for our understanding of the Bible and help descriptors authoritative and is meant to teach us to guide us in all things.

Inspiration has to do with the work of the Holy Spirit in securing what we call infallibility, infallibility of a particular set of teaching here were talking about the Bible and because Scripture is infallible, it can be trusted with this is God's word that Scripture makes this claim that it that it's inspired by God. That is God speaking to us again that the text that I often go to his second Timothy chapter 3 verse 16 were Paul told Timothy all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work that how is it that God inspired the Scripture some people that you have what's called the mechanical view of inspiration. Think of God treating the apostles and prophets. His puppets know that downloading the inspired words into them, or dictating word for word the inspired text to them so that there there sort of writing it as God gives them word for word what what he intended for them to write it probably wasn't like that though, I like to think of inspiration.

Many theologians of thought of it like this, as well as his more organic Peter said in second Peter chapter 1 verse 21. No prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit the prophets, the apostles, the men who wrote Scripture retain their own consciousness. They had their own thoughts lose their own personalities and yet the spirit worked in and through them to produce the Scriptures. Now that's a certain nature of inspiration was that the Holy Spirit working in these people using them there particular faculties with their mind with their thoughts to inspire the truth for us to write the inspired Scriptures now in terms of inspiration. At least the extent of inspiration. There are also a few different views but only one of them is really worth us clinging to some people think that the Scriptures are only partially inspired meaning. Yes inspiration happened, but you really can't believe all of it belies I probably don't have to tell you what the problem is with that view, it makes you the ultimate judge of Scripture that is to say which section of the Bible is inspired and which is in you know. And if I want to do away with the part of the Bible that addresses my sin is a really dangerous unit believe that the Scriptures are only partially inspired because if there only partially inspired.

We really can't trust any of it because we don't know which part is inspired other people have thought that that the way inspiration works, at least in terms of the extent of inspiration has to do with what's called thought inspiration was God inspired the thoughts but not the words. So the idea of inspiration is there, but it doesn't extend to the particular words of Scripture. But if you study the Bible, or theology, you know that words are very important that thoughts are communicated by words we ought to embrace the view that recognizes that the very words of Scripture are inspired and that this inspiration extends to the whole Bible. All of Scripture. Now that doesn't mean that we can't misinterpret those words and that's why we have to be so careful in how we approach the Scriptures, but all Scripture is God breathed again. Second Timothy three verse 16 now to your question more directly note translations of the Bible are not perfect is in the 17th century there was a Bible that was printed accidentally took boat not out of the seventh commandment so said instead of saying you shall not commit adultery. It said, you shall commit adultery. Well, that wasn't inspired but I want you to know that while translations may not be flawless and of the each have their their own. Maybe strength and maybe some even weaknesses there really good at getting us to the original if we have a good translation so you can study God's word in the English Bible, new King James is perfectly fine.

I I happen to use the ESV other translations that tend to be really close to the original or are translations like the new American Standard Bible, and after studying the English Bible, you really are getting a good sense of what the original said, and often times when there is a question of interpretation.

There will be a footnote in your Bible that will save us some manuscripts now have this word or that word and I think that's really helpful as well.

But what I want you to take away from all of this is is one the word of God, but the entire word of God is inspired for us for our growth and grace to reprove us that the challenge us to strengthen us and you can be confident that the English translations that we have the true translations of the Greek and Hebrew texts are really good. I think you can read it and receive what it says and be encouraged by it because it's God's word for you. So God bless you and thank you for that question lies. Thanks so much for getting in contact with us your core Christianity. We love your question you're listening to core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez. Have you ever felt like God has let you down. All if so, we have a great resource to tell you about today and Bill and I think probably each and every one of us have felt like that at one point in our lives or another in in those moments I think a lot of people are tempted to turn their backs on the Lord. It's really important for us to understand who God is and what he has actually promised to us. We can take him at his word that we created this resource. It's a four-week Bible study called what did God promise it will guide you to the biblical foundation for understanding what God has promised to his people and how he continues to keep his promises to his people throughout the ages. Find it on our website. Core, Christianity.com and it's free. When you sign up for a weekly newsletter. So head over to core Christianity.com/offers to download what did God promise and you can also call us for that resource or any one of our resources at 833-843-2673. That's 833, the court, let's get to another question a drill.

This one came to our Instagram account and it says my cousin is 16 and her parents are going through divorce.

I believe now would be a good time to reach out and start sharing with her about Jesus, but I don't know how to start any advice, let's pray for your cousin right now and I and I want to pray for you also. As you seek God's wisdom and being able to speak to her and to comfort her father we pray for this young woman who no doubt is suffering right now and struggling with what's going on in her family. I pray Jesus that you would be with her. I pray Lord that you would comfort her. I pray even though not knowing the situation, but for peace for reconciliation for healing in her family.

Even with her parents. I asked Lord that through these difficult circumstances. You might open their eyes, their hearts to you and that you would be at work in them and and father. This individual who wrote us on on Instagram, would you please be with them as well, which you give them wisdom, grace, a continued heart of compassion and love for this cousin and a father that you would guide them so that they would be able to encourage this person and also Lord speak your truth to them the truth of your work. We ask in Jesus name, amen I difficult situation.

Of course, dip divorces so devastating for families and and on children as well and I think just extending love would be so appropriate I'm I'm grateful that you want to reach out to your cousin and encourage her this really has to be a difficult time for so making yourself available to talk letting her know that you're praying for her seeing if there's anything that you can do to be helpful to me. I do think just reaching out and and saying hey I'm here. I know you're going through something hard. If you want to talk. I want to listen.

I want to be there for you. I think that that could go a long way. You don't want to come off like well she's vulnerable. So now is my chance to swoop in and talk to her about God you want to make her feel that way either at the same time we do know that sometimes God uses hard circumstances, devastating circumstances, even to draw us near to him and and so you don't know.

I don't know how the Lord is is working in this situation, but you're gonna want to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit you're going to want to be prayerful and saying God you give me the guidance evaluates really difficult situations like this to sale here is you know the three things you can say because sometimes there's really nothing that we can say except I'm here for you and I'm praying for you and Jesus loves you and I would love to talk to you and so you're gonna want to pray you don't want to be's. Be sensitive to your cousin and try to get into situations where you can have those conversations with her another another real simple thing that you can do and maybe she would be open to this is inviting her to church this I had left the bring to church with me on a Sunday and maybe just an opportunity to get away for a little bit and spend some time together. You know that that could be also something that the Lord really uses and so pray for her reach out to her. Encourage her invited to church and pray that God gives you wisdom as you speak to her and look for ways to share the love of Christ with her in the midst of this difficult situation. Bill, your counselor I and I know you've worked with couples who are going to divorces and and I'm sure even with with children and young adults who whose parents if gotten divorced I what we need to know what's important thing for this person to know, in the midst of the situation when you know one of the dangers is that this young woman could start to feel like the divorces her fault that she could be responsible for her parents divorce a lot of kids end up feeling that way when reality it's just two adults who are unable to work out their differences and they can't resolve conflict. And so, somehow I think the scrolls cousin could assure her look this is not your problem.

This is your parents issue you can't take responsibility for this and also as you mentioned, just to be there to be a shoulder to cry on. Based on what you can turn to for comfort and encouragement right now and just to know that you are not a lot of kids are going through this sort of thing. It's tough. It's hard to merely think she can say is it's not God's will for your parents for your family. That's probably one of the places that she can start really helpful. Thanks, Bill. Let's get to another question here on core Christianity. This came in from Marlon in Kansas on your about hell family member that I talk to that poor translation of the Bible late at it in about an eternal hell that the older writings mentioned hell in a way of being our cleansing. Everyone alive on earth. Anybody else searching for God. After all, and what are your Buddhist, Muslim, all the different religions are all searching for God and yet so much for your ministry. I thank you for that call. If you know what these family members mean is that the doctrine of hell is something that isn't in the Bible, but the later generations try to strip foisted onto the Bible. I think that's just completely wrong when Jesus spoke about hell quite a bit during his earthly ministry. I just opened up to Matthew chapter 5 in verse 21. This is the sermon on the Mount Jesus saying you heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not murder, and whoever murders will be liable to judgment. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.

And whoever insults his brother will be liable to the Council and whoever says you fool will be liable to the hell of fire that were that Jesus says there were talks about hell they is referring to this place called Gahanna in the Hebrew was referring to the Valley of Hingham. This place is described in second Chronicles chapter 33 verse six.

It's also described in other places like the prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah chapter 7 and it was this infamous place where the people of God had practiced pagan idolatry. They had even sacrificed their own children.

It came to be that this just terrifying place associated with sin, idolatry, death and fire that's a Jesus sort of referring PCs echoing Betty think that's the place of torment. That's the place of torture.

He talks about this place throughout the New Testament I think is not true to say this idea that hell is in a real place or didn't exist or that it was something that later generations asserted that this is not true.

Jesus talked about any talk about hell is this place of conscious torment and conscious everlasting torment, so I'm not sure where your family members are are getting this idea now is the case that later throughout the history of the church and with kind of made these popular depictions of what hell is supposed to be like, and I think that we have to be careful with that as well. You know that a lot of that is just sort of speculation. It's hard for us to state this is exactly what hell is going to be like. But we can't say it's a place of conscious torment where God's judgment exists on those who turned away from Christ on those who rejected the gospel and and did not embrace the truth now regarding this idea that all religion is just an attempt to try to get to God. I think we need to unpack that a little bit.

I would say the answer to that is will yes and no. There are a lot of religions that will tell you what you need to do to get to goddess or climb the ladder up into heaven, I think of even that that scene and in the book of Genesis, the Tower of Babel, how the nations of the world, the people of the world are coming together to try to build a tower that reached up to heaven and I think that is human religion. It's our attempts to ascend to God, whether it's to reach God and in some way or to make ourselves gods and I think that's part of the ancient lie that Adam and Eve were given by the serpent in the garden.

But what makes Christianity distinct and I think this is what you can tell your family members and what it what a neat way to be able to share the gospel with them is that the Christian faith is in about what we do here is the list of of the works that you need to accomplish in order to get to heaven.

Some people will point to the 10 Commandments are to the summary of the law that Jesus gave love God and love your neighbor that kind of thing, and in all religion sort of teach that and so all religions are basically in a ways for us to get to God.

That's what some people think but the reality is the Christian faith is unique among all the religions of the world because it's not first and foremost about how we can reach God through our efforts.

It's about what God has done to stoop down to us. You see, the reality is Marlon. None of us can reach God.

Certainly not on the basis of our works are works are tainted more sinful. We don't obey the Lord like we should it if Christianity was offering us just another way to reach God. It would be like all the religions of the world and at the end of the day it would be bankrupt because none of us can do enough in order to reach heaven. The Christian faith is beautiful and it's frankly it's true it's the revelation of how God has stooped down, reach down to us how by sending his son so that he might in that flesh live the perfect life reach God if you will, by his perfect obedience and then bear the curse that our sins deserve.

Christianity is unlike all the religions of the world because instead of saying here's how you can reach up to God.

It's how God has reached down to you. Thanks for listening to court Christianity to request your copy of today's special offer. Visit us at court, Christianity.com and click on offers in the menu bar or call us at 1-833-843-2673 that's a 33, the court when you contact us. Please let us know how you been encouraged by this podcast and be sure to join us next time. As we explore the truth of God's word together


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