Secret Heaven Test

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Heaven is for Young Sociopaths

Libby Anne recently noted one of the problems with concepts of heaven and hell. How can the eternal torment of others not impact the bliss of those in heaven? Apparently the answer some readily offer to this conundrum is that those in heaven will be so transformed that they will be unconcerned about the torment [Read More...]

Welcome to Heaven/Hell, Fred Phelps

I've heard it suggested on more than one occasion that heaven and hell are the same place, and the difference is the attitude of the individual to the experiences and surroundings there. This cartoon, which was shared by Kissing Fish on Facebook, seems to envisage something along those lines. Although you have to wonder what [Read More...]

The Solid Sky

Hector Avalos has a lengthy and detailed post about the solidity of the sky – the “firmament” – in ancient Israelite thinking, as found reflected in the Bible. Click through to read it, especially if you are not aware of how this provides overwhelming evidence that so-called Biblical literalists in fact pick and choose what [Read More...]

Moses in Winter

The above cartoon from The New Yorker, “Moses in Connecticut,” could be relocated to many places in the United States at the moment, including Indiana. Another New Yorker cartoon depicted the other side of the theology of snow:     [Read more...]

Salvation by Arrogance Alone?

In a recent conversation on the blog, the common conservative Evangelical conversation point was brought up, which envisages God asking a recently-deceased person “Why should I let you into my heaven?” When asked what his own response to such a question would be, the person who brought it up provided a lengthy speech. While such [Read More...]

Uploaded to the Cloud

This cartoon came to my attention via Facebook. I’ve long observed that the terminology we use for our files and information parallels the language some Christians use about the afterlife: “saved” and “lost.” And so I can readily see a technological metaphor catching on in reciprocal fashion. But is uploading the same thing as continuing [Read More...]

Book Burning Unnecessary

There were some interesting responses to a post I shared recently with a church sign advertising a book burning session (for members only). One commenter asked about the burning of books in the kingdom of God. I found the question profoundly ironic, since the only people I can imagine finding the question meaningful, or answerable, [Read More...]

Outside the Gate

As we reached the end of Hebrews in my Sunday school class last week, I was struck once again by how there are texts which are so clearly at odds with mythicism, and yet which are explained away with a little hand-waving. One example is the reference to Jesus suffering “outside the gate” (Hebrews 13:12). [Read More...]

Afterlife Diversity

A friend shared this screenshot from the movie Hellbound? on Facebook. I would dispute whether some of these texts clearly belong in the particular category in which they are placed (although if I recall correctly, in the movie the point of the chart was not to say that these prooftext support these views but simply [Read More...]

Time Lords Have Something Similar

Via Episcopal Church Memes   [Read more...]