Bible Contradictions #41: Do sinners go to hell?

Bible contradictions 41

The cornerstone of the Christian religions is conversion. Win souls for Jesus! Christianity is much, much more about growing the faith than it is about actually following the teachings of Christ. So how do you convince an otherwise normal person to join a religion that they otherwise wouldn’t join? Threaten them with eternal hellfire if they don’t join. It worked brilliantly for millennia. But where does Christianity get the idea for hell? Straight from the bible, of course! But then again, the bible contradicts itself more times than I can count. In many verses the punishment for sin is hell. In others punishment is death. The list is long, so bear with me.

Verses supporting hell for sinners

  1. Daniel 12:2
  2. Matthew 13:41-42
  3. Matthew 18:8-9
  4. Matthew 22:13
  5. Matthew 25:41
  6. Matthew 25:46
  7. Mark 9:43-48
  8. Luke 16:22-24
  9. John 5:28-29
  10. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
  11. Jude 1:7
  12. Revelation 14:10-11
  13. Revelation 20:10
  14. Revelation 20:14-15

Verses supporting only death for sinners

  1. Deuteronomy 29:20
  2. Psalm 1:4-6
  3. Psalm 34:16
  4. Psalm 37:1-2
  5. Psalm 37:20
  6. Psalm 69:28
  7. Proverbs 10:25
  8. Proverbs 24:20
  9. Obadiah 1:16
  10. Romans 6:21
  11. Romans 6:23
  12. 1 Corinthians 3:17
  13. 2 Corinthians 2:15
  14. Galatians 6:8
  15. Philippians 3:18-19
  16. James 1:15
  17. James 4:12
  18. James 5:20

But not to worry! First, it’s highly, highly unlikely that hell exists. It’s so unlikely that we can completely disregard it as a possibility. But furthermore, there are bible verses that claim that everyone, including sinners, goes to heaven! Verses like 1 Corinthians 15:22 and 1 John 2:2, which states “and he [Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” The whole world, which must also include the indigenous peoples of modern Americas who never heard of Jesus.

In short, the bible makes three contradictory claims: 1) sinners go to hell, 2) sinners die, and 3) everyone goes to heaven.

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12 Responses to Bible Contradictions #41: Do sinners go to hell?

  1. As usual, there is no contradiction here.

    Comparing Quote 1 with Quote 2 is comparing apples with oranges.

    That particular logical fallacy is an atheist favorite.

    In the first quote, Jesus is using a rhetorical technique called hyperbole (high-PER-bow-lee) to express the grave nature of sin.

    In the second quote, Saint Paul is explaining the wonder and purpose of Jesus Christ.

    So clearly, the atheist may as well read, “The Chronicles of Mickey Mouse,” and call it the Bible.

    That way the Bible Contradiction #41 would make a lot more sense.

    • Rayan Zehn says:

      I would recommend reading the post instead of just the image. I clearly demonstrate the contradiction.

      • Rayan,

        The meme is your first premise. I proved that your first premise is false.

        That means that every that comes after your false first premise is also false.

        Your problem is that you don’t have the foggiest idea what the Bible says or means..

      • Rayan Zehn says:

        The meme is not the premise. The text includes the premise. The meme is merely a copy/paste of two verses that fit the length requirement. Do you stop reading news articles after the headline? No. You read the body as well. I would strongly suggest actually reading posts before slinging accusations about those posts.

      • SOM,

        Recess is over. Time to go in. Go on. Be a good boy.

      • Cerberus Black says:

        No Mr Zhen, he’s som is right. As he has stated:

        It’s a byproduct of Disneyland, that’s just pact full of magical wonder! Ha!

    • Robert says:

      Haa. Well said.

      • Robert says:

        Well said Silenceofmind. The truth is that the natural man can’t perceive the things of the spirit. There is more to it than just one verse. There is a whole chapter that summerizes that one verse. The bible is more than ink and paper.
        Hell is definitely for real.

  2. Zehn,

    If I know the headline on a “news” article is bogus, I don’t bother wasting my time reading the article.

    If you can’t get your headline right, you certainly are going to make hash out of the article.

    Bible study requires actual knowledge of the Bible.

    Atheists make up whatever they need to, whenever they need to, in order to make the atheist narrative work.

    That means that atheism is an unprincipled attack on reason and truth.

    • Cerberus Black says:

      If I know the headline of a “news” article is bogus, I don’t bother wasting my time reading the article.
      (Som)

      Enough said. Since it’s very obvious that you don’t read any news articles, it’s most obvious then how you can’t even begin to understand your blabblle.

  3. Robert says:

    The truth is that Death comes first, then judgment.
    Yup, hell is for real. Does a guilty murderer go to jail, or prison or perhaps the death penalty? A criminal goes to jail first, then awaits judgment, then goes to serve his sentance. The question is, who can escape hell? Or who can escape death?

  4. Robert says:

    If you read around 1 Corinthians 15:22 and 1 John 2:2, you would see the context in who these verses are refering to. Go ahead, take out your bibles.
    Let me give an example, Matthew 7:1 yells us NOT to judge and John 7:24 tells us to judge. I know why. Read around it. Hell is for real. So is salvation.

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