(The term “logia” (Greek: λόγια), plural of “logion” (Greek: λόγιον), is used variously in ancient writings and modern scholarship in reference to communications of divine origin – Wikipedia.) Over time ‘believing only’ replaced logical thinking. Religion took the path of blind indoctrination forsaking free and independent grasp and understanding because religion is politics. Religion has shaped the map. Religion fought for control of human minds, oppressing and dispossessing people of logic. Dark Ages descended and today we marvel at the ancient ingenuity to which we find no answers. Today this pursuit for the magical (religious) faith became a stronghold in human mind. We believe that knowledge and logic is bad, assuming that we can’t understand God nor His creation. We have also assumed that miracles signs and wonders can only happen by faith, yet we see in the Bible that first came miracles and then faith followed after which knowledge was released. Practice follows knowledge; hence, the Ten Commandments. Even Jesus in the New Testament said, [John 14:23] “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
It is so much easier to be catapulted into a fantastic orbit then to examine details like these:
1. Sons of God came down from heaven – Luke 3 shows the genealogy of Jesus all the way to Adam who is called “the son of God” meaning the first son.
2. Logic. If he is called the son of God then it is Adam and his sons who were mixed with other people. The Bible meticulously traces Adam’s genes in people, if Adam was the only human on earth then the biblical genealogies would make no sense, but it does. Why?
3. Jesus said in Matthew 22:30, Mark 12:25 & Luke 20:36 that after resurrection we shall be like angels and we will no longer marry nor (sexually) procreate. So that invalidates the notion that the sons of of God were angels that came down to earth, mated with women and then produced giants.
4. Because angels are winds, spirits and flames (Psalms 104:4, Hebrews 1:7, and they are genderless (point 3).
5. “… there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). This picture speaks of our state in Christ after resurrection.
The ancients mulled over these things; hence we have some allusions to chained angels in Greek subterranean regions like Apollyon, Abyss, Tartarus etc, but today we can trace it all back to the origins of these ideas. Why should we? The answer lies in singularity and not dualism. One God, one way to Him and one Messiah. This unmixed direct approach liberates us from man’s fantasy-spiked theology. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
The mixture of spirit and matter produces religion, abstract and symbolical. We try to pinpoint spirits (angels) and make them fleshly. We make three heavens, which we number and locate in abstract places we can’t define nor locate as if heaven is like planets Venus or Mars. We cannot count innumerable myriads, but we believe in one third of “fallen angels” and then if fallen then in what way? Is it a gravitational fall or moral? Etc.
[Judges 13:20] For it came about when the flame went up from the altar toward heaven that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. When Manoah and his wife saw this they fell on their faces to the ground.
So the physical common-to-earth flames don’t scorch angels; and we shall be like them. But you may say, “Yes, but only the wicked will suffer not the righteous.” Be careful what you say, for the Word says that none of us are righteous (Romans 3:10). We are saved by grace. Examine your feelings. Would you like the wicked to fry for eternity? For whatever the reason, he or she did not accept Christ or your preaching or has not attended your church services? Let us not bring here any church theology, but rather get education from the Truth.
God loves to reason with us.
There was a widely spread doctrine of the old Israelite Baal, which Queen Jezebel imported from Tyre. Her father, Eth Baal, was the high priest of that cult.
[Mark 3:23-27] The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished! But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.”
No logic could penetrate those stony heads. But today we have a quite similar situation.
[Luke 11:18] “If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.”
[NOTE: BAAL – ZE – BUL (Transliterated as Master Fly or, Lord it is a fly). Lord Fly, the old Baal.]
First of all, Satan must be a king in order to have a kingdom, but is he?
Matthew 5:22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery * hell.”
* A literal translation: Gehenna of fire. In other words such one shall be burned up or annihilated like stubble or garbage.
For some strange reason people entertain an idea that eternity is something perpetual according to the known-to-us span of time. Eternity is the absence of time simply because in it there are no physical objects and no shadows. Time is relative to light, darkness and matter.
Eternity cannot be measured with time’s intervals therefore it is not the absence of the measurable time, but rather oneness of God. The heavenly kingdom is instantaneously present, not fragmented like the physical realm, but one. Nonetheless, it was a powerful allegory, with which the Scribes and Pharisees used to frighten people. Their job was to bring back to Judaism the Hellenized Jews, and in order to successfully do that they used anything visibly present to make their point. GeHinnom was exactly that point.
In the New Testament these are the verses that contain the word Gehenna translated as hell: Matthew 5:29-30; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 18:9; Matthew 23:15, 33; Mark 9:43, 45, 47; Luke 12:5 and James 3:6.
In 2 Peter 2:4 appears the Greek word “Tartaroo” translated as Tartarus, which was believed to be the lowest region in the abyss or Hades (Greek) or Sheol (Hebrew). The ancient Greeks imagined it to be the place of the dead wicked and the most miserable place ever imagined. Tartarus has been commonly translated as hell, I guess… to simplify things; but it hardly simplifies anything, but rather confuses even more.
With so many new translations of the Bible the usage of “Hell” seems to shrink. In the first Catholic English translation of the Bible, (published in 1610) the text contained the word “Hell” 110 times. A year later the King James Version contained 54 words; and the New King James version uses “Hell” 32 times, but the New American Standard uses it only 13 times.
The English word for “Hell” was perhaps derived from the Old English Norse mythological word “Hel” an idea of a continuous yet conscious torture. I do not think that the word “Hellenism” bears any connotation to hell, although one never knows. In order to not dwell too much on this we conclude that “Hell” is a word most fearsome.