So my studies took a different turn. I set out to discover whether “Easter” had its roots in paganism. There is so much to sift through, and so many varying opinions, with very few facts. I will be honest, I was getting discouraged. Is Easter from Ishtar? Is it a worship of a false goddess/messiah? … More Easter – Pagan? or Something Else?
Today I am finally going to tackle the subject of Gehenna. Also known in the Old testament as the Valley of the son of Hinnom, Gehinnom, or Tophet and rendered “Hell” or “Hell fire” in many translations. Bear with me, there is a lot to cover and I still have a lot to learn. I … More Gehenna – Old Testament
I learned something new the other day. Ever since discovering that many of the words translated as “Hell, Hades, etc” are actually not correct (see my other post on He Descended into Hell), I have been trying to dig deeper into the other words associated with the idea of “Hell.” How many of you have heard … More Fire and Brimstone
My eldest son was gifted swimming lessons for his birthday from my mom. We grew up around the lake and had lessons every year. She wanted to carry on the tradition (and make sure he knew how to swim for the many adventures to come while visiting Gramama). At one of these lessons, another mom … More Modern Tower of Babel
One day after church my husband asked why we say that Jesus “descended into Hell” in the Apostles Creed. We recite this creed every Sunday, and I never gave it much thought. I didn’t know the answer. He talked with his mom about it as well. She told a co-worker, who then wrote up a … More He Descended into Hell
I am still getting pulled back to the first few chapters of Genesis, the story of Noah in particular. Remember the movie Noah? In one scene, men kill an animal. When asked by his sons, Noah explains that they do it because it makes them stronger. Later, the animals are described as “innocent.” They lived … More Food for Thought
A dear friend went to be with his Heavenly Father after a battle with brain cancer. I am still in shock that he is gone. We hadn’t spoken or seen each other in a few years. It’s easy to claim that “life” happens as an excuse. But that doesn’t help the guilt. I should have … More Saying Goodbye