What's the Truth About Heaven and Hell?: Sorting Out   the Confusion About the Afterlife  -     By: Douglas A. Jacoby
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What's the Truth About Heaven and Hell?: Sorting Out the Confusion About the Afterlife

Harvest House Publishers / 2013 / Paperback

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Are you finding all the talk about heaven and hell confusing? Most popular perceptions of the afterlife are actually a jumble of bedtime stories, folk religion, and wishful thinking. The Bible is clear and filled with a better hope than the cliches we cherish. In What's the Truth About Heaven and Hell, Douglas Jacoby provides a user-friendly survey of Bible texts and a level-headed critique of church tradition, current scholarship, and popular books. The truth will leave you with confidence in the face of death, comfort in times of grief, and hope when life doesn't seem to make sense.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736951725
ISBN-13: 9780736951722

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Recent books about heaven and hell have aroused the interest of committed Christians and curious seekers alike. But the wide range of viewpoints has also created confusion and left many people wondering what they are to believe. This user-friendly guide presents the most popular views on heaven, hell, purgatory, judgment, and related topics, followed by brief, easy-to-follow analysis. Readers will be equipped to make their own well-informed decisions about questions like these:

  • What happens when we die? Where did the idea of purgatory come from?
  • Will our bodies be resurrected someday? If so, does cremation offend God?
  • Will unbelievers be judged by God and punished in hell forever? Or will they be annihilated? What about those who never heard the gospel message?

This summary of the latest Evangelical teaching and traditional mainstream scholarship provides readers with tools to assess each position in the light of Scripture.

Author Bio

Douglas Jacoby is a Bible teacher and professor and the author of A Quick Overview of the Bible, Compelling Evidence for God and the Bible, Your Bible Questions Answered, and The Ultimate Bible Quiz Book. A graduate of Duke University (history), Harvard Divinity School (New Testament), and Drew University (ministry), Dr. Jacoby has taught in more than 100 nations around the world. www.douglasjacoby.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent read
    August 28, 2014
    Benjamin
    As a Christian, I held to many traditional views about the after-life that were shaped by everything from religious movies to popular music to Tom & Jerry cartoons. If you have been looking for a clear take on heaven and hell, this book really helps to untangle the confusion.Doug does a phenomenal job of not only showing the biblical support for the regular view but also explaining where many of the traditional misconceptions about the after-life stem from. He sites tons of sources and is completely thorough. His tone is humble, grounded and responsible, and he is very careful to be respectful toward those he disagrees with.This book puts Doug among the pioneers who are courageously and effectively challenging the popular, traditional and, dare I say, inaccurate teachings about heaven and hell that are circulating in modern day "churchianity.". He presents a sound biblical view that will no doubt continue to gain more momentum and acceptance in the years to come.

    I personally believe this book is a must read for any Christian who is serious about building deep (and accurate) convictions about the after-life and conveying the true heart of God to those who are seeking him.

    Also in Matthew 5:32 says "But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery. (NLT) Uh, the end of it can't be taken literal, because you are allowed to marry widows, if it'll keep then from sinning. 1 Corinthians 7:8-9; 1 Timothy 5:14. So take the Bible literal, when literal and figuratively when it's not a straight forward answer.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    disappointing, very wrong views of the author
    May 30, 2013
    Mark
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    If you have read many of my reviews, you know I rarely give negative reviews. I may take issue with curse words being in a Christian fiction novel, which still boggles my mind, but I never give a completely negative book review. However, this one will be.

    I disagreed with the author a lot. I think its a dangerous thing to go through the Bible and deciding on what parts of it can be interpreted literal, and what parts cannot. It is more dangerous to put your views in a book. The author spends quite a bit of time doing just that. He says that 1/3 of the Bible is poetry then gives several examples of passages and verses that we should not take as literal, and I didn't agree with a lot of the examples he gave.

    An example: I am not trying to start a debate on this verse, but Matthew 5:32 says "But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery. (NLT) The author said this verse cannot be taken as literal...... Uh, if you start throwing out statements Jesus Himself made like that, where are you going to stop? That one was the worst example he gave, but I had a hard time taking anything with a grain of salt that he said after that.

    He gives several views of hell, and seems to go with the idea of annihilation, and gives the idea of burning in hell forever is from tradition. My Bible says it will be forever...... where does the tradition idea come from? The author doesn't believe the miliennium is literal...... I could go on and list other examples, but let me just say I didn't like the book, I didn't like or agree with the author's views, and cannot recommend this book. I hate to give a bad review, but I cannot in good conscience do otherwise with this title.
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