“Though he were dead” – A Controversial Understanding of John 11:25-26

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Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? – John 11:25-26 KJV

Like many other verses in the bible, John 11:25-26 uses certain words in multiple senses. This means that the reader needs to be extra careful when trying to understand such verses in order to avoid ending up with the wrong interpretation. What I am about to say will no doubt shock many readers, but after much study, I strongly believe that John 11:25-26 is referring to the idea that it is possible for (at least some of) the dead to believe the gospel. I am going to demonstrate this discovery by carefully revealing what I believe to be the true meaning of key words in this passage. Specifically, the words “dead” and “die” or “live” and “liveth” are terms to which these verses have ascribed multiple meanings. One of the reasons why I say this is because the usual meaning of the words “die” and “live” seem inadequate to account for the contrast required between verses 25 and 26. It’s as if the word “dead” in verse 25 and “die” in verse 26 refer to two different types of death.

Interestingly enough, the bible does tell us that there are actually two types of death that can happen to a man. Continue reading

If Christ died for all then how come some will end up in hell?

Isaiah 53:6
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him [Christ] the iniquity of us all.

A common question raised by the Calvinist is: If Christ died for all men then how come some men will end up in hell? Shouldn’t the fact that Christ died for all men mean that all men are saved?

My response to the Calvinist is: No!
Ultimately, to be saved means to attain a righteousness that is acceptable to God. The book of Romans, in the 10th chapter outlines only two such modes of righteousness:

(1) righteousness that comes by the law
– Righteousness by the law is a dead end since no one has ever kept the law without error (Ezekiel 33:13).

(2) righteousness which is by faith.
– The only way anyone attains to righteousness which is by faith is through belief in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross; this is what is meant by obeying the gospel (Romans 10:8-9).

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Do you believe in Hell?

CO:

Do you believe in hell?

WTOP asked it readers this, what do you think:  http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/03/24/fear-hell/#

Oh by the way, a pastor was expelled, seems he didn’t believe in hell, either, oops:  http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/03/24/fear-hell/#

James:

According to the bible Hell obviously exists (Mark 9:45); so, since I utterly believe everything that is stated in scripture, I believe in Hell.
Incidentally, hell itself is taken and tossed into a lake of fire where there is everlasting torment, this is then the final place for all unbelievers (Revelations 20:14). Also, there are different degrees of punishment in hell (Luke 10:12). Obviously people that don’t believe in hell also don’t believe in the bible to which I’m tempted to inquire how they account for whatever morality they profess or expect others to abide by.