Friday, December 16, 2011

Is Hell in the Bible a Real Place? | The Origins of Hell


By Kelly Granite Enck
The drawing above is from "The Book of the Dead" in Egypt and it predates the Holy Bible. It's interesting because the origins of Hell are the same. But, it's a nice hell! :) The soul goes through a fire for purification. I have seen the Egyptian tombs with my own eyes, said to be 5,000 years old. And all of the Egypt  painting are beautiful! They showed no form of punishment in any of their hieroglyphics.
"If God Forgives Everything, Why is there a Hell?" 

Dr. David R. Hawkins, M.D., PhD has a brilliant quote, "Guilt is a trick of the ego, it says,..woo is me." Terror in any form teaches a fictional state. "HELL" is a very real place, but only in the mind. If you believe in Hell, you make it real. I have good news, "Hell" is entirely fictional. My journey began at Bible College, where I studied the gospel religiously. I will present the evidence and you can decide. Remember, what Paul wrote, Test Everything. Hold onto what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)  

The Gallop poll states that "SNAKES" hold the number one spot in human fears. The Gallop poll (Survey # GO 133064) has "SNAKES" holding the number one spot in human fears, over the fear of: public speaking, heights, being closed into small spaces, needles, getting shots, mice, flying on an airplane, dogs, thunder and lightening, crowds, going to the doctor and the dark. In our collective consciousness and even lying in our subconscious, is the idea of Satan, represented as the snake.
Let's take a deeper look into mankind's fears, and where they stem from.

Let's start with the Bible, chapter 3 of  GENESIS: The Fall of Man. "The Serpent, "slyer than every beast of the field," tempts the woman to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, telling her that it will make her more like God, and that it will not lead to death. After some thought, the woman decides to take from the tree and eat it. She then gives the fruit to the man, who eats also, "and the eyes of the two of them were opened." Aware now of their nakedness, they make coverings of fig leaves, and hide from the sight of God. God asks them what they have done, and man and woman defer responsibility. The man blames the woman for giving him the fruit, but implies a sentiment that God is also at fault for making the woman in the first place ("The woman Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me the fruit of the tree, and I ate"), while the woman blames the serpent for seducing her to disobedience ("The serpent beguiled me and I ate"). God curses the serpent "above all animals," making it lick dust and go on its belly all its days and to be an enemy of the human race. God then passes judgment for the disobedience of the man and woman, condemning the man to a life of toil and the woman to create new life through painful childbirth, and banishes them from the Garden. The woman is given the name Eve (Heb. hawwah) "because she was the mother of all living [Heb. hay]," and Adam receives his name when the text drops the definite article from the word for "the man," changing "ha-adam" to "Adam". Eve/woman is also established as subordinate to Adam/man, ending the unity between the sexes. God then posts two cherubim, with flaming swords, at the entrance to the Garden of Eden in order to block the way to the Tree of Life, "lest he put out his hand .. and eat, and live forever."

In other religions, such as Judaism, Islam, and Gnosticism stories about Jesus, written at the same time as the scriptures chosen for the making of the Bible), the term "The Fall" is not recognized and there are varying interpretations of the Eden narrative are presented. Storytellers twisted the tale of Ningishzida, the Mesopotamian god of the underworld into the story of Adam and Eve. These snake tales crossed cultures, like the Asian nagas, the serpent was an earth spirit, and a patron of the trees, hundreds of years before the Tanakh, what we call the Old Testament. 

The Tanakh was compiled by 450 BCE. The original fable of the snake and the tree of life portrays the snake as good. The snake represented the Kundalini life force in the Asian/Indian cultures and the symbol of 'eternal life' in Egyptian history. You will even find the snake mentioned in the first written language, the Vedas, viewed as generous, humble, and heroic. And in the South Asian culture the serpent was a symbol of playfulness and caution.

In 2007 a Poll recorded that 3 in 10 Americans take the Bible literally, which means they believe in Satan. Biblical scriptures translates Satan as the "angel of light," whom was once in heaven worshipping God. When the beautiful angel became tired of worshipping God for eternity, God kicked him out of heaven. Now, Satan is pissed off and down here on earth ruling it. Whomever dreamed this translation up has never sailed the icy strait, witnessed the aurora- borealis or heard the beautiful songs of whales, like I have.

I nearly fell off my chair in my Pauline Epistles while I was attending Bible College. My Professor announced to our class that Satan was ruling the Earth! And he went on to say that it will not be until after the 1,000 year Millennium, during which Satan and Arch Angel Michael will fight till death, that Jesus will take the throne again. When Satan is defeated God will recreate, the New Earth, which is according to the Bible a large Jerusalem. Those that don't believe in this are said, to spend "Eternity" in the lake of fire. Interesting, on so many evil levels. But, this is the literalistic translation of the Bible. If you are like me, this was not your idea of Heaven right? :)

Origins of the Word HELL
*halja, meaning “one who covers up or hides something” and was used derisively for those who attempted to be something other than what they were in life: beggars pretended to be kings, the illiterate masqueraded as priests and teachers.  The first use of the word “Hell” in the contemporary Christian context occurred in Iceland in the eighth century. Seven hundred years after Jesus time.

“Hell” has no Judeo-Christian origin.  Self-styled hate-mongers from the emerging church of Constantine through the dark days of Martin Luther and into the blindness of Bradlee Dean and Michele Bachman, Hell has become a concept that is more in keeping with the word Gehenna (Greek γέεννα), Gehinnom (Hebrew: גהנום/גהנם which is Aramaic in origin.  It refers to one of two valleys where apostate Israelites and followers of various Ba’als (a word that originally was used for Yah/Yahweh and actually means “husband” and “lord” and Canaanite gods.  

The valley is found in Joshua 15:8, 18:16. When ancient (Biblical) Hebrews thought of the fate of those who died, they did not consider either heaven nor hell.  Instead, the deceased descended into Sheol: שְׁאוֹל It meant (and translates as) “a pit” or a “grave”. It was darkness and not a place nor an afterlife.  There was no belief that the dead would be “restored” or “come back to life” or be “born again.”  As it appears in Psalm 6:4–5 “Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?”  Sheol is a place of nothingness: Through a series of bad translations and redactions Gehenna is transmogrified in both Rabbinical Jewish and Early Christian writing as a destination of the wicked–in keeping with the evolving underworld of the god Hades in ancient Greek theology. The Hebrews do not make Gehenna a purgatory until the days of the Mishnah: in Kiddushin 4.14, Avot 1.5; 5.19, 20, Tosefta t. Bereshith 6.15, and Babylonian Talmud b.Rosh Hashanah 16b:7a; b. Bereshith 28b. It is an invention that has no ancient foundation. (Redaction is a form of editing in which multiple source texts are combined (redacted) and subjected to minor alteration to make them into a single work.)

Jesus uses the word Gehenna 11 times to describe the opposite to life in the Kingdom of God: βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ (Mark 9:43-48).

Gehenna (Greek γέεννα), Gehinnom (Rabbinical Hebrew: גהנום/גהנם) and Yiddish Gehinnam, are terms derived from a place outside ancient Jerusalem known in the Hebrew Bible as the Valley of the Son of Hinnom (Hebrew: גֵיא בֶן־הִנֹּם or גיא בן-הינום); one of the two principal valleys surrounding the Old City.
In the Hebrew Bible, the site was initially where apostate Israelites and followers of various Ba'als and Caananite gods, including Moloch, sacrificed their children by fire (2 Chr. 28:3, 33:6; Jer. 7:31, 19:2-6). In Jewish, Christian and Islamic scripture, Gehenna is a destination of the wicked. This is different from the more neutral Sheol/Hades, the abode of the dead, though the King James version of the Bible translates both with the Anglo-Saxon word Hell. 
Gehenna is derived from the Hebrew ge hinnom or the "Valley of Hinnom!
Photo of the "Hell" in the Bible, today! :)
The “Kingdom” is within people (Luke 17:20-21), it is not a physical or extra-terrestrial place.  It follows the Hebrew: מלכות השמים‎, Malkuth meaning a cleansing of the mind (spiritual rebirth) and a willingness to tolerate and emotionally support–not destroy–others.  It was Cyrus king of Persia who embellished this thought by saying: ” ‘The Lord, the gods of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah (a line plagiarized in 2 Chronicles 36:23).  The “Lord” being discussed was neither Yahweh nor Jesus, but a universal aspect of love that would occur once people stopped judging one another (Matthew 7:1 and Acts 10:24; cp.

Was Eve really made from Adam's rib?
The mind believes anything it hears seven times, which helps when memorizing a phone number. You may have heard seven times that hell exists, and that Satan is a force against you by those you trusted as a child or even as an adult, and your mind may have made this true. I was talking to a friend yesterday who believes the Bible is factual, she said, We (us women) were made from Adam's rib.
"Does this mean that man has one less rib, than a woman?" I asked her.
"yes," she answered. I then googled the number of ribs for a man and woman in front of her.
I turned my computer around and showed her that we have the same number of ribs, 12.
She was shocked! I smiled then said, our minds believe anything told to us seven times.
"Have you taken everything in the Bible as fact without doing your own homework." 
"yes" she answered, then quoted me this Scripture: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16)"Did you know that Biblical scholars are debating over 1 and 2 Timothy. Many believe they were not written by Apostel Paul but, well after his death." Could they have been written to manipulate people? Take a good look at 1 and 2 Timothy, these chapters teach that women are to be silenced, submissive to men, and the Scriptures is packed with devil threats. Unlike Galatians 3:28, which states, "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Dr. Bart Ehrman renowned New Testament expert, states that sophisticated computer-generated statistical tools have demonstrated that Paul did not write the Pastoral letters—1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. The words hundreds of words analyzed do not match any of Paul's undisputed Epistles. These letters seemed to have been written to manipulate, in order for the men to have women remain submissive to them. The teachings by Jesus were radical for the time, telling women they could teach the world of God and they were free to become Apostles. See my blog Women According to Jesus.
What is the real truth about our slithering friends? Do you know why snakes are on the medical caduceus as our symbol for Medicine? The Greeks witnessed snakes bringing healing herbs to each other. Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, was the first physician in Greek mythology. His worshipers included Hippocrates, the pioneer of Western medicine. Asclepius' first tutors were snakes' he watched them bring helix herbs to each other. This may explain why nonpoisonous snakes were allowed to slider around on the floors of ancient Greek hospitals (a practice since discourage by the AMA). It may also explain how the Rod of Asclepius, entwined by a single serpent, became the symbol of medicine. And there's a more ambiguous link between snakes and medicine: The earliest pharmaceuticals, which included venom, could be lifesaving or lethal depending on dosage (and luck). A serpent thus provided a good allegory for the medical profession, with its mixed success rate.
I discovered the most fascinating thing in a magazine article today, titled, "Snake on the Brain", by Jeff Greenwald. "The strangest nod to serpents that I've come across, in Western spirituality at least is found in gematria, a form of Hebrew writing inspired by Greek geometry. In this mystical system of Jewish wisdom, each Hebrew letter is assigned a number. A common example is chai, which in Hebrew means "life" 9 as in l'chaim, "to life). The two letters that make up the word have a combined value of 18, a highly auspicious number in Jewish tradition. Every word in Hebrew thus has an occult numerical value-and a strong (not to mention divine) relationship with words of identical values. It turns out that the numerical value of the word for "serpent" is 358; identical to the value for the word "messiah." There's even a biblical root to this bit of wordplay. In one of the more controversial passages in the Gospels (John 3:14-16), Jesus himself is compared to a bronze serpent that Moses displayed on a pole during the Exodus to cure victims of snake bite: "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."" -Greenwald. If we do our own research the fear we have of our slithery friends, the snakes, will go away. "The Gallup poll proves one thing clearly, we have a surprising amount of control over our fears, even primal fears, conditioned by evolution and genetics and the mis-understanding of our history."-Greenwald.

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My first stop was to The World Sound Healing Conference in San Francisco. I wanted to understand the science of frequencies, especially if everything in the universe was vibrating to their own unique song!

I waited in the large conference room to hear Dr. Susan Yale's lecture on the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator.

The room went black and three pyramids projected on a movie screen.
"You can hear the sound of "nature" between the Pyramids of Giza," Dr. Yale said, pausing, "it's a perfect F Sharp."

No one moved. She spoke slowly, "If you knew there was a place in the world where you could hear God, would you go?"

I always wanted to sleep on the Nile!"

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Church of the Nativity
Jerusalem 

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