All Rights Reserved. Why is hell mentioned as a place of "outer darkness" in some passages and a "lake of fire" in others? I mean, darkness is the absence of light. So you can't have darkness and fire coexisting in the same place.
Can you? Answer: Sons of the Kingdom Interesting question. Jesus alone uses the term "outer darkness" on three occasions. It is found in Matthew when He praises the Roman centurion for his faith and states that the "sons of the kingdom" will be cast into outer darkness. We learn in Matthew that these sons of the kingdom are "true believers.
Wedding Guest without proper Attire In the parable of the Great Feast, Jesus also says the guest What - Wycliffe Gordon & Ron Westray - Bone Structure a proper wedding garment is thrown into outer darkness Matthew According to some notable theologians this, too, refers to a believer since believers put on clean garments of righteousness - good deeds - in the book of Revelation: "For the fine linen represents the good deeds Slave Of Darkness - Burning In Hell - Burning In Hell God's holy people" RevNLT.
Talents Parable Then in the parable of the talents Jesus throws the useless servant who Various - Material Heads Vol. 19 buried his one talent, into outer darkness as well Matt Note that many Greek language experts state this would be more accurately translated "the darkness outside. He is confined to the darkness outside for a limited timespan.
Therefore, none of these instances may refer to "hell" as we have understood it. They may refer to some form of exclusion from the Millennial Kingdom or from the Wedding Feast of the Lamb according to scholars like Dillow and Missler. But, these parables and the one narrative in Matthew apparently do not refer to the eternal damnation of hell.
The NKJV Study Bible states that the "sons of the kingdom" and "outer darkness" refer to the experience of "those who do not endure and so will not reign in the kingdom" see MattRom2 Tim13, 2 John 8, Slave Of Darkness - Burning In Hell - Burning In Hell Hell is a Lake of Fire - Consistently On the other hand, the " lake of fire " clearly refers to eternal hell. No Conflict So there really isn't any conflict at all between hell coexisting as outer darkness or as a lake of fire.
The two expressions refer to different places or experiences Pain - Ohio Players - Pain different groups of people.
Black Hole Regardless, even if hell did consist of outer darkness and a lake of fire combined, we need only remember that in a black hole both darkness and light are trapped. In that state the two can probably coexist. Additionally, we know there are degrees of hell Matt, Luke Perhaps one could be a lake of fire and another could consist of outer darkness.
It does not present an impossible situation for us. The reign of the servant kings. Hayesville, NC: Schoettle. Lang, G. Pictures and parables. Hayesville, NC: Schoetttle. Nashville, TN: Nelson.
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