In my article (“MY WORD: A differing view of life after death,” Aug. 13) that Michael Tymn responded to (“Robertson misses some religions,” letters, Aug. 23), I asked this question: “In Matthew 25:46 how is the word ‘everlasting’ limited in time, but the word ‘eternal’ is not limited in time?” I’m not surprised at all that Tymn did not answer this. He touches everything except for my original question.
Tymn makes the reader think that he’s an “expert” of Bible languages when he says, “Are you aware of the fact that the word “nepesh” is used 754 times in the Old Testament and takes on 30 different meanings…” That point holds zero value to the discussion as the New Testament is written in Greek, not Hebrew.
A Bulletin reader might say, “Tymn knows Greek: he talked about the Greek word, ‘aion’.” Again, that Greek word has zero to do with the questions I raised in my original article.
Tymn says what is read in the New Testament as “everlasting punishment” is really “age-long pruning.” In the Bible there is the time of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), the Mosaic Age (which ended in the first century), and the Christian Age (which we currently are in). Notice what Jesus said in Luke 11:51, “From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.”
That judgment was going to transcend the ages from Able (pre-Mosaic) to the prophets. I doubt that Tymn is a trained linguist, but I’m seeing that he is a poor Bible student.
In closing Tymn says, “Let me suggest that Hell is a ‘fire of the mind’…”
He can suggest that all he wants, but he gave no Scripture citation for proof. Someone could “suggest” that Hell is living in California, but is that what the Bible said?
Tymn finds himself at odds with Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5:29: “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”
Tymn’s article is a classic example of why the religious community is in the awful shape that it is: loads of opinion with next to no Bible. When Tymn and others like him do ever actually bring up the Bible, it is so they can say, “The Bible says that, but that’s not what the Bible means.”
For instance in his second to last paragraph he just throws out, “Hell is not eternal.” No scripture for proof. It’s as if our brains are supposed to go “poof” and we change our thinking based off of Tymn’s say-so.
I think I will stick with Jesus’ say-so: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matt. 25:46). Maybe Tymn can try again and answer my original question this time.
The writer lives in Martinsville.