One of the spookiest quotes from Jesus (and one of the most widely misunderstood) is found in Matthew Chapter 8 where he speaks of casting "children of the kingdom into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." People often quote this passage in reference to the futures of those who call themselves Christian, but really aren't. Most of us assume that "the outer darkness" is synonymous with Hell, and for good reason because many good teachers make that same assumption. But upon further and deeper investigation, the "outer darkness" that Jesus refers to isn't Hell. These "children of the kingdom" are not being judged or condemned away from Heaven, but rather they are being denied access to a particular privilege in the "Kingdom Of Heaven" that they falsely assumed they would have access.
March 26, 2010
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