03:19:42 AM Mar 30th 2011
edited by Camacan
edited by Camacan
Please Repair, Don't Respond rather than adding natter. This doesn't seem to be an example, given the linguistic and historic-cultural crossed wires. In any case this was always gonna be natterbait.
- The Bible: Revelation 20:13-14. That's right, even Jesus hates Hades.
- Then again, that Hades wasn't the greek god, but another name for Sheol, the place where everyone went after death until the day Yahweh judged everyone and sent them to Heaven or Hell. Then again, it is said Hades followed the Horseman Death; this could be taken as simply metaphorical redundancy, but in Revelation Yahweh does throw both the horsemen and Hades into Hell, something that would sound rather weird if it was a place rather than a person. Thus, if the verses in the Bible that heavily imply the existence of other gods are true, it pretty much undermines Yahweh's claims of being the only god.
- Death and Hades are thrown in the lake of fire. This is symbolic of God's intent to end death for humans, permanently. Compare 1st Corinthians 15:54-57. This plays the trope relatively straight, except here Hades is just referring to the common grave of all mankind, not some Anthropomorphic Personification.
- Overall, death in the NT is not treated as something evil. A gateway to your eternal existence -which might not be pleasant depending on how you were in life- but not evil in itself, just a temporary thing that will cease when this plane of existence does.
- A good thing to remember when reading the New Testament is that the writers pretty much universally wrote in Greek, using Greek idioms and metaphors to describe concepts and thinking that were mostly Hebrew in nature, hence the apparent disparity.