|Traditional Christian Teachings Are Based Upon Fear
FEAR: TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS ARE BASED UPON FEAR
Recently, I spoke the truth of hell not being eternal to a person bound by traditional
christian beliefs. This led to this person's church elders contacting me and basically
telling me they love me, but I am no longer welcome in their church building. No problem.
I would rather be outside religious walls than in them, anyway. But, when discussing this
with my friend Jay, he pointed out something very interesting to me. Jay made the point
that all one has to attack is the false doctrine of an eternal hell, and the religious feel
threatened in all their beliefs. And truly, all their beliefs are threatened if they cease to
believe in an eternal hell. Why? As Jay so wisely pointed out, their entire traditional
christian doctrines are founded on this false teaching which invokes fear. It is fear of not
pleasing God and suffering for an eternity. Hence, their entire teachings are fear-based
and not of love.
Fear is not of God, but man-made. God is love. Now, all I pointed out to this person who
is bound by religion, was that the word "hell" is not in their Bible (in the original Greek or
Hebrew), and neither are the words "forever" or "eternal." The word mis-translated as
forever or eternal is the Greek word aion, which means for a set period of time - meaning
it has an end. The words mis-translated as hell either mean grave (sheol and hades), or
a trash dump outside of Jerusalem (gehenna).
Why was I such a threat to the whole church that the elders would meet and then call
me? Was it out of love for me, believing me to be lost? No, it was all motivated by fear -
fear of losing control of their club (church) in the name of Christ. ;If they loved like they
say they do, then they would show it in action. Instead, they showed they are walking in
fear (afraid of me) by telling me I am no longer welcome to visit them. Closed minds are
always bound closed through fear. Here is a simple thought to consider: Since God is
supposed to be all-knowing (omniscient), and all-powerful (omnipotent), then why
wouldn't He simply create those whom He fore-knew would make the choices He
preferred, and therefore not have to destroy anyone for making the choices He didn't
prefer? Otherwise, we have a blood-thirsty god who is evil, if god created people whom
he already knew He would have to destroy because of their eventual bad choices. God
would then have made the choice to destroy maliciously, when there was no need to
create that which would later have to be destroyed! If God is all-powerful and
all-knowing, He should have easily been able to create those whom He desired, and thus
save the bad creations from ever existing and facing the eventual wrath of god!
Religion doesn't make sense when you think it through logically. I believe in an
intelligent divinity that foreknew everyone as stated in the bible: For whom He foreknew,
He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His son...God did not cast away His
people whom He foreknew. If we are eternal, then we have always been so (in Spirit);
therefore, we will always be so. Anything that has a beginning, must have an end. You
cannot create eternal from the temporal. The Divine will save all...
"They bind the
minds and souls of
men with ropes of
fear, and then tell
them they are
But fear is learned,
for fear is created.
Religion that is
fearful is thus also a
creation of man."