March 10, 2017 (Mt 5:2-26)

“You’ve heard it said…but I say…” We just heard this a couple of weeks ago at Sunday mass. (Go check out my homily) The word “hell” does not appear in the Bible. It’s an English word used to translate various Hebrew/Greek words that do appear. Gehenna,often used to represent hell, was a geographical place that was a garbage dump in Jesus’ time. So, there was a perpetual fire blazing. (Some believe it was a place of human sacrifice at one time.) You can see why it became a symbol for the torments of hell. It was used to warn against separation from God.

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