Choose the Power of the Tongue in His Truth: Life and Death
Between Words, Doctrines and Righteous Judgment
Which words do our doctrines speak in meaning?
Reformative, Corrective-Justice, Reconciliation
Destructive, Abuse, Permanent-Neglect?
It’s obvious that the Bible only teaches the former about God’s Redemptive Justice & Reconciling Love.
As Dr. JW Hanson observes the ‘different existing Greek words’ used by the infamous historian ‘Josephus’ himself whilst describing the “difference” in the ‘afterlife Judgment doctrine between Christ vs the Pharisees & Jews’, to quote:
“For example, the Pharisees, according to Josephus, regarded the penalty of sin as torment without end, and they stated the doctrine in unambiguous terms. They called it eirgmos aidios (eternal imprisonment) and timorion adialeipton (endless torment), while our Lord called the punishment of sin aionion kolasin (age-long chastisement).”
As It Is Written:
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 7:24)
“And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6)
“Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching (doctrine) of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:12)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:15)
It’s obvious from history and Scripture even by the ‘words used to describe afterlife punishment’ that Christ taught ‘corrective punishment to the age’ (“Kolasin” also means ‘pruning for betterment of plants in botany’) whilst the Pharisees taught ‘abuse-type eternal punishment with no betterment for the wicked’; God was ‘never’ pleased with ‘what the Pharisees taught as doctrine’ using ‘His Holy Name’.
What are we preaching with regards to this aspect too? We need to be careful as Christ warned above, “be careful” or “watch out” against the “doctrine” (teaching) originating by the Pharisees who also used Scripture, but ‘interpreted the words & meanings wrongly’.