The Gehenna Controversy: Never Shall Be Quenched

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off; it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell (Gehenna), into the fire that never shall be quenched; where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off; it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell (Gehenna), into the fire that never shall be quenched; where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out; it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell (Gehenna) fire; where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:43-49)

This being the most terrific and full description of Gehenna fire, given in the New Testament, we shall give it a careful consideration. It ought to settle the question that Gehenna does not refer to a place of endless punishment in a future state. Let it then be observed, several things are mentioned in this passage...

Gehenna fire is here mentioned three times. What, then, did our Lord mean by it? He explains what he meant thus, “Into the fire that never shall be quenched; where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” As Gehenna fire is three times mentioned, so the explanation is three times repeated. Our Lord says,

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Author: Walter Balfour

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Bible reference(s): 2 Kings 22:17, 2 Chron. 34:25, Jer. 4:4, Jer. 7:20, Amos 5:6, Isaiah 34:10, Isaiah 1:31, Isaiah 66:24, Ezek. 20:47-48, Matt. 3:12, Mark 9:43-49, Luke 3:17

Source: An Inquiry into the Scriptural Import of the words Sheol, Hades, Tartarus and Gehenna, translated Hell in the Common English Version. Revised, with essays and notes, by Otis A. Skinner (Boston: A. Tompkins, 1854).

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