PM3118: Hell in Matthew

In the KJV in the Gospel of Matthew, the word hell occurs nine times:
  1. 5:22 - But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
  2. 5:29 - And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
  3. 5:30 - And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
  4. 10:28 - And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
  5. 11:23 - And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
  6. 16:18 - And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
  7. 18:9 - And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
  8. 23:15 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
  9. 23:33 - Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Let us consider each of these occurrences in turn:

#1 - Matthew 5:21-22
Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
What does it mean it was said of them of old time? This refers to what is written in the original scriptures, prior to any corruptions. As to Thou shalt not kill, this is a clear and indubitable teaching of heavenly law - you shall not kill, which includes to not execute, which by the law of heaven is absolutely prohibited; but it is permissible to kill in a just war, or as an act of mercy. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment, the judgement means the power of restriction, the judgement to impose restriction. It is not justice, neither the earthly justice falsely so-called, nor the true justice of heaven, but merely the power of restriction. And But I say unto you, this is to address a misinterpretation which had come about concerning the original teaching, which as a Prophet of re-establishment it is his role to correct. That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause - this refers to those who anger easily, even though they do not kill or injure or inflict pain or otherwise use force, they still may be subjected to the power of restriction if they are overly angry, that by restriction their anger may be cured. without a cause - this means the imposition of restriction is not applied to those who anger on rare occasions, under extreme circumstances when anyone could be expected to anger; but only those who anger frequently, needlessly, over trifles. and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca - this is another example of needless anger. shall be in danger of the council - in order words, in danger of restriction - the council which has the power, the grave task and risk, of imposing restriction. but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire - really, the fire of Gehenna, the fire of the valley of Hinnom, which as we have already established, is those who will be remembered poorly. So those who continue in their task of anger, face not merely the danger of restriction, but even of becoming an object of ill memory. (The implication of Jesus' emphasis on not being an object of ill memory, is that one ought to act so as to be remembered fondly - even do great deeds, so as to be remembered for one's greatness. It is not that being so remembered is an end in itself - it is not - but it is a good objective to adopt to ensure one attains ends in themselves - as such it is an efficient means; thus are things for those who belong to the cause - but for those who belong to the blessing, they are pleased to be forgotten, to be remain utterly unknown - for their hearts are set on other things.)

#2/#3 - Matthew 5:29-30
5:29-30 -
This is a parallel to Mark 9:47 already discussed - hell is actually Gehenna, the state of being an object of ill memory. The reference to not that thy whole body should be cast into hell makes it clear that this "hell" is not a place where the soul goes, but only where the body goes, which is the external sign of the soul. Where the soul goes, the text does not say, for where the soul goes is not part of the topic of the text, the text is silent on this matter, for it is speaking of other matters. The advice to pluck out one's eyes or cut off one's own hand, must clearly be understood as hyperbole - there is no actually advice to blind one's self or perform self-amputation here. The real meaning, is that we should put no limits on what we are willing to give up, to forego, for the sake of the most holy cause; that the memory of us shall be of the utmost good, not of ill recollection.

#4 - Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Originally, the text here read originally not καὶ ψυχὴν καὶ σῶμα (both soul and body) but rather καὶ πνεῦμα καὶ σῶμα (both spirit and body). Spirit and body are two external signs of the soul, two basic categories of patterns-in-experience, the spiritual and the material. Indeed, when body is used, spirit would be even more precise - although certainly body is included, as in one's image. Those who kill in the body are those who persecute the people of the holy cause through bloody violence and murder; those who kill in the spirit are those who lead the people of the holy cause to forsake their cause and to betray it.

The valley of Gehenna is the true damnatio memoriae - not to be forgotten (for such is part of the blessing of the blessed ones) - but to be remembered poorly. Let us construct buildings of Gehenna, and entomb within the name and image and form - even the body, bones or ashes, if such be possible - of those who are not to be forgotten on account of their grave misdeeds - persons such as Adolf Hitler. There are those who have the office of maintaining this edifice; but neither priestess nor priest are permitted to be among their number. The building and maintenance of this edifice, and the entombing therein of those who ought to be so entombed, is a true mitzvah.

#5 - Matthew 11:23
And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
The word here hell is actually ᾅδου (hades) - the grave, the underworld place of the dead. This is not Gehenna; it has nothing necessarily to do with Gehenna. The KJV's translation of hell is extremely misleading, translating two very different Greek words by the same English word - one can only suggest that here is an example of the KJV translators twisting scripture to suit their own purposes - such have the false prophets always done! Note that the vastly superior Vulgate does not commit this error - 10:28 reads qui potest et animam et corpus perdere in gehennam vs 11:23 usque in infernum descendes. (Although, we see here that the corruption of ψυχὴν in place of πνεῦμα must have occurred prior to the translation into Latin; but at least here, it seems, in this case, while the Vulgate is repeating existing corruptions, it is not adding further corruptions of its own - the same cannot be said for the KJV!)

So, this verse reads in the first part, that Capernaum, which has been raised up very high, will be brought down very low - even raised up to heavenly heights, brought down to the underworld. How are they raised up? In their own self-estimation. How are they lowered? In truth. They think they are near to heaven, but in truth they are among the furthest therefrom. And, they will be swallowed up by the grave, for rejecting the truth they lack the favour of the cause - whereas, had they loved the truth, they would have followed the cause, and the favour of the cause would have protected them. What are the mighty works, which have been done in thee - these works are the mightiest possible work, the preaching of the truth of the most holy cause. had been done in Sodom - this truth, which had been preached in Capernaum, had not been preached in Sodom

it would have remained until this day - This requires some explanation. What happened to Sodom? Most likely, it was destroyed by some form of natural disaster - although we have little information. This natural disaster was most certainly not divine punishment or chastisement - for there is no such thing upon the earth. Clearly, as all disasters, this was an evil willed as a means to particular goods, an evil in some other branch avoided. What was the sin of the Sodomites? There was no sexual element to it - it was simply an extreme hatred of foreigners, an extreme xenophobia. When visitors came to Lot, the men of the city did not wish to rape them - simply to kill them, because they were foreigners. The vile rapist Lot, he offered them his daughters to rape instead - but they didn't want to rape anyone, just kill the foreigners - thus were his daughters spared. Because of their hatred of foreigners, when disaster befell them, no one would assist them, neither would anyone welcome the refugees; not only did they hate foreigners, they hated each other almost as much, and hence when disaster came would not even help each other. On account of this, the disaster destroyed them - whereas, had they felt differently about foreigners and about each other, they would have survived. If there had been one to teach them the truth of the cause, and had they believed it, they would have been saved from destruction, for the disaster which destroyed them they would have survived.

Let us take the opportunity to clarify a few further points about Sodom and Gomorrah:
  • The guests are simply messengers, ambassadors, envoys, emissaries - humans, not angels - sent to Sodom from some foreign land. It is not entirely clear why they ventured to such an inhospitable place. They may well have had little choice - envoys sent forth from elsewhere to elsewhere, some misfortune befalling them, they are forced to turn to the most inhospitable of places for hospitality. They receive some from this man Lot (he gifted them some needed provisions), among those few of Sodom who would do as such - yet, despite his hospitality, there is something about him which makes them uneasy, they are not keen to take more of his hospitality than they have to.
  • The story has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality whatsoever. The claim that the men of Sodom wished to rape Lot's guests. However, the men did not wish to rape them, simply to injure and kill them because they were foreigners. Gay men are not "Sodomites" - Sodomites are those who hate foreigners, in other words, xenophobes.
  • The guests did not wish to sleep in Lot's house, even though they knew the danger of sleeping on the streets in Sodom, because they did not trust Lot. They suspect he was a wicked man. However, they were between a rock and a hard place. His reprehensible behaviour in offering his daughters to the mob to be rape proved their suspicions about his character. We should not suppose the mob were entirely disinterested in raping Lot's daughters - but, they would not trade that for the safety of Lot's guests. On the other hand, if the guests went outside, they would fall victim to the mob that wanted to kill them.
  • As to what blinded the men of the mob, it need not necessarily have been anything supernatural. It may have been some sort of incendiary or chemical weapon. Whatever it was, it was enough to make them withdraw, if only to seek reinforcements.
  • They knew then they should take the opportunity to flee; not because they foresaw or feared any disaster, but simply out of fear that the men of the city would kill them. They urged Lot and his family to flee, not that Lot was in any way a righteous man, but because they knew he was at risk, having been known to harbour foreigners. Even if Lot himself was undeserving, his innocent family should not suffer - for the wicked men of Sodom would not have spared the family of Lot.
  • As if by coincidence, sometime after Lot and his family escaped, the great disaster befell Sodom. We should not suppose that they alone escaped, but few others did.
  • Lot's wife "looking back", refers to her desire to go back and help the people of Sodom face the disaster. Even though they had posed a great threat to her life, so noble was her heart that she was eager to return to save them. She reasoned, rightly or wrongly, that the disaster would make them forget their prior enmity toward her. But Lot, being the vile and wicked man he was, when his wife would not obey him, he murdered her - this is what it means by a "pillar of salt" - actually, it refers to the location where Lot left the corpse of his wife, without even a proper burial.
  • Being the evil man which he was, Lot, having escaped the disaster, proceeds in drunkenness to rape his own daughters. Contrary to the suggestion of the text, that they "wanted" it, the truth is that it was rape plain and simple.
  • The suggestion that Moab and Ammon are descended from incest is pure xenophobia on the part of the false prophets who corrupted this part of the Bible.
Let us also consider Luke 17:28-32 (KJV): Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife. Now, clearly, the day when the Son of man is revealed - this is the day of triumph, of the first triumph. The "Son of Man" is the Saviour to Come. The revelation thereof is the revelation that that one indeed is the Saviour to Come, through the means of first triumph, and that such a Triumph and such a Saviour indeed are - a final, conclusive, unquestionable revelation. It destroyed them all, for they lacked the cause, even though they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded. And it rained fire and brimstone from heaven - a great disaster befell them. And the same day - around the same time. Even thus shall it be - a great disaster shall befall those who love what is evil. he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away; and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back - in those days, do not fear the loss of material goods in these days, do not be afraid to sacrifice such for the cause - for, whatever is lost, many times such shall be granted. But Remember Lot's wife - remember her nobility, remember her holy martyrdom. Do not turn back for these petty things, but neither flee from danger, but be ready to turn back as she did for the rescue of souls, willingness even unto death as she herself did die.

#6 - Matthew 16:18
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Here, again, the "gates of hell" are really the "gates of hades" - the gates of the underworld, the gates of the grave, the gates of death. A better translation might be: You are the Rock, and upon this rock I will build my assembly; and death shall not prevail against it. Now, death shall not prevail against it means it shall not be vanquished, but continue without vanquishment unto the final end - as indeed in some branches it has, even as in these here branches it has not. Jesus said they would not, and indeed they did not; but he never denied they would, as indeed they have. And my assembly means the assembly, the ecclesia, of the people of the most holy Cause, and the central vessel (in that establishment) thereof, the central vessel of the flotilla of the holy Cause. Now what is rock? It is an appointment. This may well be a ceremony of investiture as Appointed Successor to the Prophet and Vice-President of the Holy Council (although there is some doubt, it must be said, as to whether Peter or James the Just was that successor - or possibly James the Just was the successor to the successor). As an investiture, it would have been a formal ceremony (a rite, a sacrament), subsequent to the decree of the Prophet-in-Council.

We should note that in Acts 15, that Peter makes a proposal to the Council, and James judges it approved. That is to say, Peter proposes to the council; other notables speak in favour, although clearly there were also some present who were opposed, whether they were properly councillors, or merely present to present their case, we know not; James, who as Vice-President of the Council was chair or vice-chair - the only proper chair, for the Prophet not being a councillor cannot truly be the chair - expresses the agreement of the majority of Council, which he has judged - no doubt correctly, and by some proper means such as voting - to the proposal of Prophet - thus by this act of his is enacted a decree of the Prophet-in-Council. However, since it appears James predeceased Peter, the appointed successor never actually did so succeed.

#7 - Matthew 18:9
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
We have already discussed this passage - Matthew 5:29-30 and Mark 9:47-48. There is nothing further to add.

#8 - Matthew 23:15
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Here hell = Gehenna. The scribes and Pharisees are enemies of the most holy Cause, haters of the truth, lovers of falsehood; they will travel across both land and sea to turn a single person to their ways of error - which leads to being an object of ill memory. Indeed, those whom they mislead shall fall into greater error even than they - thus they shall be twice a child of Gehenna.

#9 - Matthew 23:33
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
τῆς κρίσεως τῆς γεέννης - the judgement, the declaration (the decree of the Prophet-in-Council) that one is to be remembered in the hall of Gehenna. τῆς κρίσεως means the trial, the judgement, etc.

Conclusion
There is absolutely nothing in Matthew, or indeed anywhere in the Bible, which teaches everlasting damnation. Despite the immense corruptions which the false prophets have worked into the text, they have not corrupted it enough - for, even after all their corruptions, this favoured doctrine of theirs still is not present! May it be totally rejected for the accursed lie which it is!
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