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1) The fires of Gehenna were made by humans, not by God.
In fact, 2) God abhorred the fires of Gehenna.
Gehenna - God - Judgment - Judgment - God
4) Gehenna symbolizes God’s judgment, but this divine judgment is not an “angry God directly inflicting violence upon sinners for eternity” judgment.
It’s a 5) “reap what you sow” judgment—if we sow violence, injustice, and oppression, we will reap that violence, injustice, and oppression upon ourselves, in very human, very natural, ways, within human history and not beyond it.
Judgment - Clout - Ways - Violence - Rungs
It’s a 6) judgment specifically upon the powerful, those with social or economic or political or religious clout, for the ways in which they oppress and commit violence against the weak, those on the bottom rungs of our social and economic and political and religious hierarchies.
With this background on Gehenna in mind, we can now fully appreciate Jesus’ words on **** in the Gospels.
Jesus - **** - Unbelievers - God - Inferno
Jesus isn’t talking about a “literal ****” where unrepentant unbelievers go after they die to be tortured in God’s inferno for all eternity.
He’s talking about the violent consequences of our own violent actions, right here in our lived lives, right here in human history.
Consequences - Power - Wealth - Indifference - Means
He’s talking about such consequences especially for those who use their power to oppress the weak, who live in wealth in indifference to the poor, who have the means to care for the sick and clothe the naked and feed the hungry but refuse...
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