A Growing Opposition to the Doctrine of Hell HTML version

5. C. R. GRESHAM: "It is generally conceived that there is little
about resurrection or after-life in what the Jews called the
Torah...and the Former Prophets...Death is seen as the end, the
destruction of human existence." Page 25. "Man's soul is
primarily his vitality, his life, not some separate part of a
person that has independent existence and an immortal
nature, God's spirit (His breath, His power) creates and
sustains all living things (Ps 33:6; 104:29-30), even the human
spirit (Zech 12:1), but never is man's soul or spirit seen as an
immortal part of man surviving death." Page 40. "The
widespread misunderstanding that the New Testament teaches
the immortality of the soul...If one recognizes that death and
eternal life in the New Testament are always bound up the
Christ-event, then it becomes clear that for the first Christians
the soul is not intrinsically immortal, but rather became so
only through the resurrection of Jesus Christ." Page 275. "What
The Bible Says About Resurrection" The College Press, 1983.
(Church of Christ).
6. SAMUEL DAWSON: "You may be surprised to learn that
most, if not all, of our popular concepts of Hell can be found in
the writings of Roman Catholic writers...None of our concepts
of Hell can be found in the teaching of Jesus Christ! You know
how indignant we get at the mention of purgatory-we know
that's not in the Bible. You may also find out that our popular
concepts of Hell came from the same place that purgatory did-
Roman Catholicism" "Jesus' Teaching On Hell," Page 13. A free
copy of this book at: www.gospelthemes.com (Church of
7. JERRY CROSS: "When Jesus was on earth he didn't speak of
immortality, but rather of eternal life. The Greeks taught that
the soul had a natural and innate quality to enable it to pass
through death and resist corruption. But, Jesus taught that our
'immortality' is anchored in a life-relationship with God. Jesus
was a teacher of 'eternal life,' but Plato of the 'immortality of
the soul.' Today these expressions are often confusingly used
as synonyms. Yet, they spring from two different sources, one
from Greek philosophy, and the other from New Testament
Christianity... It is very easy to read the term 'soul' or 'spirit' in
the English Bible and impart (much later) Descartes, Western