The Bible Does Not Teach an Eternity of Anything
In my previous hub, I showed that judgment does not take place in some hell hole of torture. In fact, the word hell has no place in scripture because it's not scripture. The Lake of Fire is, however. What it isn't, is a litteral place of burning. You should have understood that fire is from God and God is Fire. This symbolic fire purifies as it burns out all stuble. Knowing this, we should conclude that this judgment must come to an end. So why does the bible say judgment is eternal or forever? Say it with me people.
One of the easiest mistranslations to prove is that of forever and eternal. It is easy because the words are used in ways that could never mean forever or eternal. Unlike the word hell, the KJ is usually consistent in keeping the words eternity, eternal, forever, and forever and ever. For instance:
aions of the aions=forever and ever
I can't remember what everlasting comes from but it obviously means age lasting. However, once the KJ really drops the ball by tranlating aions as world. You know, since the aions began? What if it'd said, "since the forever began"? I, with the help of my teacher Ray Smith, will now take apart this mistranslation and expose it for what it is.
The Most Evil Mistranslation in Scripture:
Eternity, Eternal, Forever, Forever and Ever (Eternity x 2):
Judgment is misrepresented by the KJ Bible as lasting an eternity or forever. The ancient Greeks and Hebrews had no term for our English eternity. In scripture, the kingdom of God is said to be “without end”. Paul speaks of incorruption and immortality and a time in which God will be “all in all”. But eternal is not correct.
The Greek Word aion, aionios, (Olam) Translated Everlasting – Eternal In The Holy Bible, Shown To Denote Limited Duration
By Rev. John Wesley Hanson, A.M.
Editor of The New Covenant
Chicago: Northwestern Universalist Publishing House 1975
(Quotes Professor Knapp, author of The Greek Testament Known)-“The pure idea of eternity is too abstract to have been conceived in the early ages of the world, and accordingly is not found expressed by any word in the ancient languages.
Rev. Goodwin-“We have the whole evidence of seven Greek writers, extending through about six centuries, down to the age of Plato, who make use of aion common with other words; and not one of them ever employs it in the sense of eternity.”
The term aions is used below in ways that when the rest is translated properly, forever or eternity would never make sense.
Before the aions: 1 Cor. 2:7 (before the eternities?)
God makes the aions Heb. 1:2 (God makes the forevers?)
Past aions: Col. 1:26 (Past eternities)
Present aion: Gal. 1:4 (Present forever)
End of present aion: Mat. 24:3 (End of present eternity)
The next aion: Lk. 18:30 (The next forever?)
Future aions: Eph. 2:7 (Future eternities?)
Contrasting aions: Eph. 3:21 (Contrasting forevers?)
Ends of the aions: 1 Cor.10:11 (Ends of the eternities?)
And you, being dead to your offenses and sins, in which once you walked, in accord with the aion (not eternity) of this world, in accord with the chief of the jurisdiction of the air (Satan), the spirit now operating in the sons of stubbornness. . .
Gen.-. . . . .; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. . .He that is born in your house, and he that is bought with your money, must be circumcised: and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting (olam) covenant.
Behold, I Paul say unto you, If Ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
. . .as it (Old Covenant) was replaced by a new covenant “which was clearly not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers. . .” (Wasn’t OC everlasting?)
“And this shall be an everlasting (olam) statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. . .
“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the atonement.
More on this everlasting statute:
Heb. 10:4, 9-10
But in those sacrifices there is remembrance again made of sins every year. . .Then said He, Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God, He takes away the first (covenant) that He may establish the second (covenant). By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
This eternal covenant lasted less than 1500 years.
Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever (olam) (Eternal servant? I think not.)
II Corinthians 4:4
. . . in whom the god (Satan) of this aion (is Satan the God of eternity?) blinds the apprehensions of the unbelieving so that the illumination of the evangel of the glory of Christ, Who is the Image of the invisible God. (No trinity here either)
1 Cor. 15:24-26
Then comes the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father, when He (Christ) shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till (and no longer) He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (As you can see, calling Christ the God of eternity rather than the God of the ages or eonian is incorrect)
Instances where aionios cannot possibly mean eternal:
. . .according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world (aionios) began. (the word kosmos is not found in this verse, they knew eternities or forevers wouldn’t make sense). Eternity has no beginning.
II Thes. 2:16
. . . and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace. (Just how long are we going to need consolation and hope? for eternity? When will we experience the promises?)
II Tim. 1:9
. . . according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began (times eonian) (What if it had said before eternity?)
Even as Sodom and Gomorha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal (eonian) fire (justice of fire eonian).
When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then you (Jerusalem) shall return to your former estate. (their former estate was not in hell, was it?)
“Justinian called a council in 540 wherein he labored to add the word “endless” to the Greek aionios life. He knew and conceded that aionios was not endless, and so insisted in the Church inserting the word endless before it to signify “endless life” and “endless punishment.” (Ray Smith)
The Greek aion is the same as the English Eon and the Greek aionios is the English eonian. These words never mean forever. Had God wanted His Word to have a term meaning forever, there would have been one in the language of the day.
Judgment will not last forever as the theologians insist, but are eonian. Once all sins have been repented of each new creature will be given life immortal and will be in The Kingdom of God which “will have no end”.
And for those who think only those who have heard the truth can be punished (aionios chastisement)
For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law. (Making some eternal hell even more unjustifiable when it’s already unspeakably unjustified.)
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