Hell And Idolatry
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that if one doesn’t accept Jesus as savior that he or she is bound to spend eternity in a place of endless torment in either a fiery pit (or in utter darkness believed by the more caring Christians). I grudgingly believed this for many years after all didn’t the New Testament speak of this punishment for the unbeliever. Later I awoke to some startling facts. The Hebrew bible didn’t speak of such a place. Hell in the Hebrew bible is either the stomach of a big fish (Jonah 2:2) or a place where even the unbelieving Pharaoh was being comforted (Ezekiel 32:30-32) Comforted in Hell! Certainly not the hell of the New Testament, but the Hell of the Jewish Scriptures.
Now as to Idolatry I found out that the God of Israel states clearly that to worship any other god is idolatry. This brings up an important question. How is one to know how to tell the true God from a false god? We are not left in the dark concerning that question. The Torah simply states:
“They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not to NEW gods that CAME NEWLY UP(hmm) whom YOUR FATHERS FEARED NOT. (another hmmm) (Deut 32:17)
Ask yourselves; Just who did our forefathers worship prior to the birth of Jesus??
Deuteronomy chapter 4 states that when God spoke to the entire Jewish nation we saw no form we only heard a voice. The prophet Hosea 11:9 states “For I am God not man” which is written in the Torah Numbers 23:19. Does one want to specifically know about God? To whom should one turn? To the Christian Missionary? No! Deuteronomy 32:7 states who we should turn to for that information:
“Ask your father and he will show you, your elders and they will tell you”
Yes, possibly our earthly father may not walk in a relationship with God, and that is why God states “Ask Your Elders” It is they who carry the torch of the God of Israel, not someone who worships a three person god.
I ask any who read this paper to consider that the New Testament speaks of people who are possessed with demons (try to find one case of this in the Jewish Bible, you will not) for such exists only in the imagination of the Christian bible. Notice that Satan is only mentioned a few times in the Hebrew bible. Not one time does he do anything except tempt individuals. The NewTestament makes a god out of him with powers in opposition to God. Yet he only operates under control of God in the True bible. (see Job chapters 1 and 2)
I am not afraid or concerned with hell, I am concerned about the idolatry that the New Testament teaches as fact, and so should you.
p.s. WARNING!! Read Deuteronomy 13
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal