Hell is a bad word

Only four of the twenty-seven New Testament documents use the two words that have been translated as hell. If Jesus taught that there is a place of eternal torment by fire, it seems John’s Gospel would have mentioned it. And I would imagine that the Apostle Paul would have mentioned it also, but he did not. It is also clear that there was no consensus in the early Church that Jesus warned about such a place. But since at least the fifth century, many Christians have interpreted Scripture in a way that they “know” that most people will be separated from God forever, burning for all eternity.

 But if traditional teaching is not grounded in Scripture and was not passed on by the disciples and their earliest successors, shouldn’t that doctrine be clarified? This is especially true when it comes to divine justice, we must constantly work together to try to learn what is true.

Jesus taught that God notices what we do and what we fail to do during our lives, and he taught that divine justice will be administered in this life or in the age to come. The challenge to you, as you read this book, is to keep in mind that God is love, light, and life, and forget what you have been told about hell. If you read this book without a preconceived notion that divine justice will result in never-ending torment by fire and never-ending separation from God, you may conclude that Jesus never spoke about such a place.

You may end up agreeing that Hell is a Bad Word.