No Final Judgment for Mortals?

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No Final Judgment for Mortals?

Post  ChristianLady on Fri 01 Feb 2008, 12:10 am

Science & Health, 291:28-31
No final judgement awaits mortals, for the judgement-day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgement by which mortal man is divested of all material error.

"The sinner makes his own hell by doing evil, the saint his own heaven by doing right” (S&H, 266:20-21. See also lines 26-27).

that which 'worketh abomination or maketh a lie'" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, 160:25; S&H, 588:1-4; see also Miscellaneous Writings, 237:2-6).

The eternal roasting amidst noxious vapors; the election of the minority to be saved and the majority to be eternally punished; the wrath of God, to be appeased by the sacrifice and torture of His favorite Son, –- are some of the false beliefs that have produced sin, sickness, and death. . . . (The People’s Idea of God, 3:5-10. See also Retrospection and Introspection, 13-14)

The Christian Science Publishing Society writes the following on the first page of its pamphlet, Questions and Answers on Christian Science:

To us, heaven and hell are states of thought, not places. People experience their own heaven or hell right here in proportion as they draw closer to the love of God or fall into the confusion of dead-end materialism.

It seems abundantly clear what Christian Science teaches about the eternal state: NO FINAL JUDGMENT!

What the Bible Says About Itself

The Bible provides the basis for our current discussion and Mrs. Eddy’s stated foundation for Christian Science, so let us begin by considering what it says about itself:

Psalm 119:142, 160
Your law is truth . . . the sum of your word is truth. (NASB translation)

Proverbs 30:5-6
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words lest He reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. (NASB translation)

John 17:17
Thy word is truth. (KJV translation)

I Thessalonians 2:13
And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. (NASB translation)

II Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed ["theopneustos" in the original Greek] and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV translation)

II Peter 1:20-21
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV translation)

These and other verses say that the Bible was authored by “the God of truth“ (Isaiah 65:16). He is the One "who cannot lie" (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18), and so his Word must be truth. We can believe what the Bible says.

A Few Questions to Ponder

Do Mrs. Eddy’s statements regarding judgment, heaven and hell have any basis in biblical or theological fact? Specifically,

  • Is hell only a "false belief" that produces "sin, sickness, and death"?

  • Is it true that heaven and hell are just mental states of existence? (Or could they actually be real and permanent locations reserved for the righteous and the wicked after physical death?)

  • Is it really true that hell is a condition of "self-imposed agony," composed of flames produced by a "guilty conscience"?

  • Is it true that hell is a man-made existence created by those who are accustomed to "doing evil"? (Or, would it be closer to the truth to say hell is a place where the flames are real and where a very real agony is "imposed” upon the ungodly by a holy and righteous God who is "angry with the wicked every day" (Psalm 7:11)?

What does God say in His Scriptures concerning heaven and hell? What did Jesus, the prophets and apostles say about them? These are questions that need solid biblical answers, not speculative opinions. One writer offers some basic advice for anyone seeking spiritual truth, especially as it concerns heaven and hell:

All teachings, new or old, should be examined closely by the Bible . . . did Jesus teach it in the Gospels? Was it practiced by the early church in the Book of Acts? Were we given instruction on it in the Epistles?

Another writer states:

What of eternity? There are thousands of shrewd, farseeing men today who look sharply after their own interests in this life, but seem stone-blind to eternity before them. In spite of the infinite love of God, in spite of the known brevity of man's history here, in spite of the terrors of judgment after death and the solemn probability of waking up at last on hell's side of a "fixed” gulf, men hurry on to the bitter end, as if there were no God, no death, no judgment, no heaven, no hell. One can put off the thought of eternity, but procrastination is not only a thief but a murderer. There is much truth in the Spanish proverb that says, "The road of 'By-and-by’ leads to the town of 'Never.'" One must travel that road no longer: "now is the day of salvation."

If you have even the slightest doubt regarding where you will spend eternity after this life is over, does it make any sense to place your trust in the opinions of one woman, namely, Mary Baker Eddy? Is it possible you are living a life on borrowed time that is precariously based on someone else's erroneous theological information? Could it be that Mrs. Eddy's knowledge of eternity is NOT based on the truth of God? It has been said that hell is the truth discovered too late!

Te Bible’s View of Hell and Judgment

If hell and final judgment are innocuous as Mrs. Eddy would have you believe, then why do Jesus and his apostles teach the exact opposite? Why are descriptions of hell throughout the New Testament terrifyingly different from the “hell” of Christian Science? A careful examination of the Scriptures reveals a hell that is:

  • A place of unquenchable fire (Matthew 5:22; 18:8-9; 25:41; Mark 9:48)

  • A place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12; 13:42; 22:13)

  • A place of outer darkness (Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 25:30; II Peter 2:17; Jude 13)

  • A place that is like a bottomless pit (Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:1-3, 11:7; 20:1-3)

  • A place where people scream for mercy, have memories, are in conscious torment, feel alone, and cannot escape (Luke 16:19-31)

  • A place of everlasting damnation and destruction (Mark 3:29; II Thessalonians 1:9)

  • A place of punishment where the wrath of God is continuously being poured out forever (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 14:10-11)

  • A place called the second death (Revelation 21:8)

A Bodily Resurrection and the Final Judgment

Even if one granted Mrs. Eddy's notion of hell as only a mental state of existence and not a real place, it would still be a merciless and hideous state of mind in which to Jesus, however, does not give her that option. In Matthew 10:28 he says, "Do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (NASB, emphasis added).

In Jesus' account of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), we find the rich man in hell crying out, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame" (verse 24, NASB, emphasis added). Notice that both Lazarus and the rich man have bodies. In the case of the rich man, his body is experiencing real torment. This is not a just a mental state of being.

In John 5:25-29, Jesus says that his Father has given him all authority to execute judgment upon everyone, and that some will rise from the grave "unto the resurrection of life" while the rest will come up from the grave to experience a “resurrection of damnation" (verse 29, KJV).

Jesus spoke of his resurrection many times while here on Earth “in the days of his flesh” (Hebrews 5:7, KJV). On one occasion, he referred to the "temple of his body" that would be raised on the third day (John 2:19-22, KJV, emphasis added).

What Jesus is plainly saying in these passages is that the body—not just a "mental state of being,"—will be raised up on the Last Day. The resurrection body created by God will be made either eternally corruptible to endure everlasting torment (Mark 9:43-49) or eternally incorruptible to enjoy everlasting bliss (see 1 Corinthians 15, especially verses 42, 51-54). The spirit and soul of a person will always exist because it is the immaterial part of man and does not need to be resurrected. The resurrection is physical—pertaining only to a person's body. At some point in time, the material and the immaterial part of a person will again unite for eternity in heaven or hell. Speaking to the believers at the church in Thessalonica, the apostle Paul writes: "May your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ [i.e., the resurrection]" (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NASB, emphasis added).

Paul expands his argument for a bodily resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15: Since we obviously possess a physical body in our present finite existence (15:35 ff.), and since the Lord Jesus Christ had a very real physical body before and after his resurrection, and since his bodily resurrection is historical fact and guarantees our resurrection in the future (15:12-24), then it follows that we too will possess a body fitted for eternity. It will be a body that God has chosen (15:38), a body related to the former one (15:36), yet different (15:39-41).

It is well to remember that the God “who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist" (Romans 4:17, NASB, emphasis added) is the same God who spoke to Jeremiah and said, "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?" (Jeremiah 32:27, NASB, emphasis added) In these two short passages God says that he created real beings of flesh and that he is able to raise them back to life after their physical death!

Yet, Mrs. Eddy insists that “the belief that material bodies return to dust, hereafter to rise up as spiritual bodies with material sensations and desires, is incorrect" (S&H, 73:19-21). According to whose opinion is it incorrect—Mary Baker Eddy's or God's? It never seemed to bother Mrs. Eddy that her resurrection theology was (and still is) far removed from the teachings of Jesus and Paul, let alone the rest of the Bible. (See for example S&H, 44:28 ff.; 45:6; 45:32-46:3; 291:25 ff.; 313:26-30; 593:9-11.)

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