catherine wrote:I've just finished reading this very interesting book and wondered if anyone else had read it?
Select Internet Reviews: (Jerome Conspiracy First Edition)
By Gerald Peppy Jr. - 12/17/2008
Documents the unwritten history of how the doctrine of hell became part of mainstream Christianity and the Bible. The book's documentation shows:
1) The Roman Fathers (who are often quoted for their teaching of eternal punishment) represent the tiniest minority of Christians at the start of the faith.
2) The overwhelming vast majority of original Christians were taught universal salvation - not just in church but also in the earliest theological schools as well.
3) Almost overnight, mainstream Christianity shifted from belief in universal salvation to belief in the Roman doctrine of eternal punishment in hell.
4) The book then reveals the historical events which led to this sudden and instantaneous shift. (The historical revelation is not only fascinating, but it also has profound implications for the Christian faith today.)
This book blows the lid off a dirty little secret behind the development of a core Christian belief. And it reveals the surprising differences between the original Bible penned by the apostles and the modern versions read in churches today.
In my opinion, the Christian faith is very well served in the overall conclusion of the book. Despite the uncensored depiction of the raw historical truth, the book remains pro-Christian, pro-Bible in its final analysis.
I strongly recommend this book for Christians and non-Christians alike. A fascinating read regardless of your religious persuasion.
catherine wrote:B.W, thanks for your link. Although I find the 'arguments' against a literal hell very convincing, and I've read lots of articles about this ( for and against a literal hell) I take seriously the idea that we can be separated from God. I take the stance that I'm not sure so I will 'assume' there is a 'cutting off' from Jesus. Now I'm not sure if that is forever, or if we'll be conscious or not. I still fear whatever the outcome is, so I just pray to God to help me understand these things and I try to live each day, the way Jesus wants us to live. Your article on hell was interesting by the way.
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