Wright is wrong

The Rev Professor NT Wright in his new book claims ‘Almost nobody in the gospels warns about ‘going to hell’. But Wright is wrong: there are lots of warnings about hell in the gospels, especially in Matthew and all from Jesus! There are references to Hell in chapters 5, 7, 10, 18, 22, 23, & 25.


Categories: Bible, Christianity

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  1. Galatians1:8 who is this angel from heaven or angel from god ?


    • Galatians is not one of the four gospels. When NT Wright makes the claim that “Almost nobody in the gospels warns about ‘going to hell”, his claim is about the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), not the entire new testament.

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  2. FYI Paul, I’m sure NT Wright is entirely aware of all the passages you cited.

    I’m almost certain that the issue revolves around the correct way to interpret the greek word “Gehenna”. This is not a point NT has just discovered, but an age old discussion.

    Look at this image: https://imgur.com/a/j4GPn

    Positions there like Annihilationism aren’t just modern ideas. According to wikipedia:

    “However, the annihilationist position is not without some historical warrant. Early forms of conditional immortality can be found in the writings of Ignatius of Antioch (d. 108), Justin Martyr (d. 165), and Irenaeus (d. 202). However, the teachings of Arnobius (d. 330) are often interpreted as the first to defend annihilationism explicitly. One quote in particular stands out in Arnobius’ second book of Against the Heathen:”


    It really should not shock you that early church figures differed on issues about hell. After all, we know early Christians couldn’t even agree on the nature of Isa (as) and had numerous competing movements (marcion, gnostics, ebionites, ect).

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  3. I think most scholars consider the historical Jesus to have been an apocalyptic prophet, who preached an eschatological message about the end times. As such hell would have naturally been central to his concerns – as it evidently was for John the Baptist too.

    Luke 12:25

    ‘But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear.’


  4. He might be Wrong, but then we must ask “Who is Wright?”


    • Nicholas Thomas Wright (born 1 December 1948) is a leading British New Testament scholar and retired Anglican bishop. In academia, he is published as N. T. Wright, but is otherwise known as Tom Wright. Between 2003 and his retirement in 2010, he was the Bishop of Durham. He then became Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College in the University of St Andrews in Scotland.



  5. No question then, Wright is not in any way Wrong.


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