"WHAT IS HELL?: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith" is a comprehensive exploration into one of Christianity's most debated topics: the nature and concept of Hell. Through thirteen meticulously researched chapters, the author, a renowned conservative Bible scholar, delves deep into historical, theological, and scriptural analyses to unravel centuries-old misconceptions and present a clear, biblically grounded understanding of Hell.
The book begins by tracing the origins of the traditional hellfire doctrine, examining its roots in early Christian thought, influences from Greek mythology, pagan beliefs, and teachings of the early Church Fathers. It then meticulously dissects key biblical terms like Sheol, Hades, and Gehenna, differentiating their original meanings from common misinterpretations.
In a groundbreaking approach, the author questions the traditional belief in the immortality of the soul and eternal suffering, offering instead a thorough scriptural analysis that points towards the annihilation view. This perspective is bolstered by an in-depth study of the state of the dead as described in the Bible, challenging long-held beliefs about consciousness after death.
The book also critically examines symbolic language in the Book of Revelation, contextualizing the 'fire and brimstone' imagery and its implications for the concept of eternal torment. The author addresses popular proof-texts often cited in support of the hellfire doctrine, offering alternative interpretations grounded in a literal understanding of biblical chronology and prophecy.
A pivotal chapter of the book explores the final judgment from a scriptural standpoint, juxtaposing the traditional view of eternal suffering with a doctrine of annihilation. This leads to a broader discussion on how such doctrinal shifts impact Christian faith, practice, and the broader understanding of God’s justice and love.
"WHAT IS HELL?" is not just a theological treatise but also addresses the pastoral implications of these revised doctrines. It guides pastors and teachers in correcting misconceptions, fostering hope and love in Christian teaching, and shaping the future of Christian doctrine in light of these profound truths.
This scholarly yet accessible book concludes with an epilogue that looks forward to the theological and pastoral implications of a revised doctrine of Hell, suggesting a future where Christian teaching is more compassionate, hope-filled, and aligned with the true message of the Scriptures.
"WHAT IS HELL?" is essential reading for theologians, pastors, Bible students, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of one of Christianity’s most challenging doctrines. It serves as a catalyst for rethinking, teaching, and living out the Christian faith in a way that is more faithful to the Scriptures and more resonant with the God of love and justice revealed in them.
- Publisher: Christian Publishing House (January 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 187 pages
- ISBN-10: 0692610170
- ISBN-13: 978-0692610176
- Item Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions: 5 x 0.47 x 8 inches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).