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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #31)

Tue May 28, 2013, 09:24 PM

50. if that is true then undoubtedly we northern europeans still go to ragnarok or the like.

 

if what you way is true, then there can be no change from one age to the next about the 'heaven' or 'sheol' or 'hades' what-have-you. the heaven/hell dualism is particularly gnostic in the sort of big-G Gnostic sense of the word, and is what has led scholars of early christian history to conclude that there was a great deal of syncretism before the nicean councils. certainly that type of dualism is entirely absent in the torah's concept of the 'afterlife'.. if indeed it can be called that.

in short, either there is a heaven, or just hades, or just sheol, or just the ancient egyptian afterlife, etc.. there are beliefs far and away more ancient and compelling than 'heaven'.

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