When the English word hell is found in scripture think grave or pit. Each time in the King James Old Testament the word hell is translated from the Hebrew word: she’owl. Many times it is translated as grave. In the King James New Testament the word hell is translated from the Greek words geenna, haides and one time tartaroo.
If the reference includes fire then think of the local garbage dump. Gehenna was the local garbage dump located outside Jerusalem. The bodies of criminals and the poor ended up there. For the Lake of Fire scripture tells us that it is symbolic of the second death. Haides is just a grave. Tartaroo is a really deep grave or pit.
There is no Dante`s Inferno found in scripture. Yahweh God said the concept of burning people alive never came into his mind.
Jeremiah 19:5 “and have built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons in the fire for burnt offerings to Baal; which I didn’t command, nor spoke it, neither came it into my mind:.
Sorry, a bit of a delicate subject today, but no one teaches it.
Romans 1:26-27 “For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For their women changed the natural function into that which is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural function of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another, men doing what is inappropriate with men, and receiving in themselves the due penalty of their error.”
The misunderstanding is that verse 26 is not directed toward women with women. God did not make women with the ability to have intercourse. In the Greek, Romans 1:26 forbids unnatural or anal intercourse between a man and a woman. Likewise verse 27 forbids unnatural or anal intercourse between a man and a man. I consider these Laws partly as health Laws as they are designed to protect health.
The sexual prohibitions in scripture have to do with intercourse. Scriptural “sex” is centered around the male penis. One must not have intercourse with a married woman who is not your wife or anal intercourse with a man or woman. If you see the word adultery in a verse then you know the woman was married. There must be a married woman involved to commit adulteration. The marital status of the man is never regarded in determining adultery. Intercourse with a single woman is considered marriage. Fornication is basically prostitution and is not a catch all term for any type of sexual behavior. All the above is only in light of consensual activity. Intercourse with an animal or one of another race not your own is always forbidden.
The idea is the protection of the family heritage for the man, the continuation of his family line unadulterated. That is why there is Leverite marriage in God’s Law.
Apparently therefore there are no prohibitions for other sexual enjoyments such as masturbation. It is almost required to mention Onan. In Genesis 38:8-9 Onan, who’s mother was of a forbidden lineage for Israel to marry, was not masturbating. He was supposed to be fulfilling a public promise to raise up seed to his dead brother. His greed and selfishness made him break that promise. I blame Asceticism as a major contributor of the idea that somehow physical enjoyment is sinful. Consider it a blessing to be enjoyed alone or with others depending on the situation and in keeping with scriptural ideals.
This subject is always difficult to write about. I always worry about forgetting any details or worse being misunderstood. Always keep scripture’s requirements in mind and not tradition or false morality. Study to show yourself approved.
God’s Law is for our good health, enjoyment and protection.
Matthew 7:15-16 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit”.
1 John 4:3 “Beloved, don’t believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit who doesn’t confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the Antichrist, of whom you have heard that it comes. Now it is in the world already.”
2 Peter 2:1 “But false prophets also arose among the people, as false teachers will also be among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master who bought them, bringing on themselves swift destruction.”
False teachers are in every church except your church? Beware, they are everywhere as the scripture says. I have run into more than a few. They seek out and destroy Christians where they can or reputations where they can not. Study and believe the scripture first. Be brave, Christ will give you strength. Yahweh God reveals truth to those who seek it.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 “Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is judged by no one. “For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
Many make the claim that they are New Testament only Christians. I have heard at least one story about a preacher who tore the Old testament from his Bible and threw it in the trash as part of his Sunday morning preaching.
The New Testament without the Old Testament is an incomplete Bible. Paul called the Old Testament scripture.
Romans 1:2 “Which he promised before through his prophets in the holy Scriptures”.
The writers of the New Testament were very familiar with the Old Testament. They quoted frequently from the Old Testament. When a quote from the Old Testament is found, one is expected to know the context of that quote in order to understand the passage in the New Testament.
Additionally, the statutes that explain the commandments found in Romans 13 are not found in the New Testament. One must search the Old Testament to learn what the commands mean. For example, adultery is not just about breaking wedlock. Use the scriptural definitions and not the dictionary for better understanding.
Be a whole Bible Christian.
The formalized Christian “worship service” is what it is because of tradition and history with the Catholic church. Scripture shows us something more simple. Consider a living room styled devotional. There was singing, praying, sharing encouragement and scripture. There was also a shared meal.
Communion may be taken. There is some history suggesting that it was taken for a Passover remembrance, 1 Corinthians 5:8. According to an early church writer, the apostle John taught the taking of communion for a Passover remembrance. Either way, there is no prohibition to take it when ever Christians meet.
The Sunday morning “service” has become more about entertainment and a paid speaker.
If all the saved are going to stay in heaven forever after death then why is there going to be a new or renewed earth?
Isaiah 65:17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth”.
Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”
2 Peter 3:13 “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
The maker of our bodies knows what is good and bad for us, thus the health laws. Christ ate meat while with us on this earth.
Luke 24:41-43, “”Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. He took them, and ate in front of them.”
Yahweh God is a moral God. He can not change His morals or what is right or wrong. I like to tell people that what was sin the day The Adam was placed in the garden is still sin today. What is sin today was sin that very same day. God can not change. To change what is right and wrong from one day to the next or even from one covenant to the next changes God into another God. Therefore incest as defined by scripture has always been a sin. So who did Seth marry?
Scripture does not say, but it does give us clues. Read Genesis 1 and 2. I believe that Genesis 1 is the general creation. This general creation included Adamites. Let me suggest that God created several Adamite couples. Genesis 2 is the specific creation of, as the Hebrew text says, “The Adam” in the garden.
Genesis 1 children were then available for Seth, and Cain as well, to marry. There may be other solutions. Study and consider the possibilities.
There are different levels of sin in scripture.
1 John 5:16 “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for those who sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I don’t say that he should make a request concerning this.”
A “sin leading to death” is the same as a death penalty sin in the old testament. Rape is an example of a death penalty sin. The penalty is for the one who committed the rape, not the one who was raped. Islam blames the victim. Stealing a car requires repayment, not the loss of a hand. God’s Law is for protection and good health. Yahweh God’s Law does not punish the victim.
A weekly rest is very important to Yahweh God. God’s Law is for our benefit and good health. The Sabbath was observed by Yahweh God Himself at the end of the Genesis chapter one creation event. So the Sabbath was not a new or added Law at the time of Moses. The Sabbath will be observed on the new earth in the next age. The Sabbath most are familiar with today is not the Sabbath of Scripture.
Here is a brief look at the Sabbath over the years of scripture. Reading the article will help explain what Pharaoh said in Exodus 5:5.
Pharaoh said, “Behold, the people of the land are now many, and you make them rest from their burdens.”