PROF. M. M. NINAN
CHAPTER ONE: THE EDEN STORY
CHAPTER TWO: SHEOL & GEHENNA
CHAPTER THREE: GAN EDEN - PARADISE
CHAPTER FOUR: G'MUL - KARMA ; GILGULIM - REINCARNATION
CHAPTER FIVE: ZORASTRIAN INFLUENCE
CHAPTER SIX: JEWISH TWO AGE MODEL
CHAPTER SEVEN: THE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE OF HELL
CHAPTER EIGHT: HELL FIRE IS A
PURIFYING FIRE FOR THE SPIRIT
CHAPTER NINE: THE HARROWING OF HELL
CHAPTER TEN: CAN HEAVEN AND HELL BE ETERNAL?
CHAPTER ELEVEN: BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THINGS
PROF. M. M. NINAN
Heaven and Hell developed through history in all
religions and probably did influence each other. There is a confusing
conglomeration of sytems, theologies and
doctrines not only varying between religions but also within Christianity
and that claiming credence based on sola scriptora
- only the scriptures.
This is an attempt to make sense out of the basic
doctrine in Judeo-Christian on Heaven and Hells. I used plural because
there appears to be a number of hells. What then is the purpose of these
hells and for that matter heaven?
The theology of these should be based on the purpose of their
existence. I feel it should be based
on the relation between man and God.
This relation starts with creation of Adam and Eve and the story of
the eviction of Adam and Eve from Eden.
Eden remains the Paradise to which Adam and Eve and all Adamic race are to return to -
at least according to major Christian Churches. Others call it Heaven. Man is complete
only when he is back in the Garden with a physical body - a resurrected
body and that a glorified body with much more dimensions than jus the three dimension of
space and that goes from glory to glory instead of from order to disorder
Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden. However the reason for the eviction of
Adam and Eve is often represented as the action of an angry God because
this creature disobeyed the creator.
But I saw a totally different picture. It was the love of a father to his
children that led that event - lest they eat of the fruit of the tree of
Life and live eternally in the self centered state as a demon. (See my book
- "The Love That Will Not Let Me Go".) It was with the hope that
the babies who in their keen inquisitive nature tread the unknown. Death was granted in love so that they
could one day be restored to the family and be part of the Elohim through Theosis.
However it appears that the interpreters of the Bible
created three different pictures in the relation with Man and God in
understanding the process of this return.
1) God-man relationship is a relation of a
King to his subject. He will punish
and torture those who violate his laws. All for the glory of the King. You
dare to disobey me?
2) God-man relationship is a relationship between a
Tribal Chief to a member of another tribe at war with them. If they are caught within the territory,
the Chief will take them to a riverbed and cut off their neck.
2) God man relationship is a Father to Son
relationship and God is Love and Love never fails. The father is waiting in pain to see his
sons come home.
This is the story of heaven and hell. A story of hope- a way of pain and
suffering of the Father for the lost son.
He made his own hell, and he will have to make his own choice to
return home. The way is open through
the cross where the father broke his heart and bled. The highway to heaven
is open through the body of the resurrected Jesus, the first born. Will all