“If the King James Bible was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me!” In the Christian world we hear things like this. There is a fundamental problem here and that is that the KJV (1611) was mainly translated from the Latin Vulgate (405 A.D.) and contains the concepts of ‘hell’ and ‘eternal torment’ which were NOT in the original texts, both Old and New Testaments alike. While much of the KJV is good translation the change to ‘hell’ and ‘eternal torment’ totally mitigated against God’s Adoption and Inclusion of all of humanity. Election became selective with some being chosen to be ‘saved’ and others, or the rest chosen to be lost or damned to the fires of ‘hell’. Double predestination if you will.
That teaching which would pervade the church for the next 1500 plus years was NOT GOOD NEWS. One would even have to wait until death to find out which category he or she was in. No one could take real Joy in their salvation since there would always be the possibility that one could go to ‘hell’ and miss out on the bliss of the heavenly relationship with the Father.
Scripture is replete with the ‘inclusion’ of all humanity in the salvation equation of Jesus Christ. Dozens and dozens of them. ( see I Cor.15:22; Hebrews 10:10; Hebrews 9:12; I Timothy 4:10, to name a few.)
The thought of Augustine and St. Jerome was that since the fear of the damning underworld tended to keep people more morally in line in the Greek world stemming from Plato’s teaching it would work in the church. ( Plato actually gave the name ‘hell’ to the Greek underworld and named “Hades” as the god of ‘hell’. ) To do this a NEW translation of the Bible would be needed now written in Latin and changing the wording to reflect the concepts of ‘hell’ and ‘eternal torment or damnation”. The church would be FORBIDDEN to read the Bible under fear of punishment and even death. Bibles were forbidden to even be owned by church members. The church would now with the Pope be the sole authority of Biblical interpretation.
When the Protestant Reformation occurred in the 1500s to 1600s, the concept of ‘hell’ and ‘eternal torment’ was not questioned . The Gutenberg Bible in 1455 was even translated from and written from the Latin Vulgate of St. Jerome which continued to perpetuate the false concepts of ‘hell’ and ‘ eternal torment’.
All of this information is in my new book, HELL LETTERS:EXPOSING THE MYTH (Westbow Press, 2013). Check out the book on Amazon.com to order.
I did NOT invent this idea. Much information in available on the subject. Take a deep breath and look into it for yourself if TRUTH is what you want. Comments are always welcome on this blog. God bless.