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Talking Sheep & Goats: Not An Afterlife Documentary April 19, 2011

Nowhere does the sheep and goats story mention heaven or hell.
It is NOT a story about the afterlife. That approach totally misses the point.

Author Bert Gary has a lot to say about the subject.
Check it out at
Then come back, if you wish, to leave comments.

Also check out my brief post:

And, of course, the recent book, “Love Wins.”


2010 in review January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 68 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 150 posts. There were 67 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 19th with 270 views. The most popular post that day was The Misunderstood God.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lifewalk, rich mullins quotes, andrew farley heresy, short pro life quotes, and chris colcord.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Misunderstood God September 2010


Tribbles Aren’t The Trouble. Labels Are. August 2010


Scriptures and the Word of God October 2010


Eve Of Destruction 2012 July 2010


About Me May 2009
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What The Hell? December 2, 2010

Some Quotes from Bert Gary’s Blog:

Hell is number one in the playbook for much of modern evangelism. I’ve made clear (in the linked article), the words Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, and Tartarus have been but should not have been translated into English as “hell” in the first place. No biblical mention of Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, or Tartarus is in reference to the afterlife.


It’s not appreciated the extent to which Jesus used poetic pictures in his teaching. Let me demonstrate by showing you Jesus’ best known quotes about [hell].


Gehenna—geenna {pronounced gheh’-en-nah}—occurs only a dozen times in the New Testament. The term is a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew words ge hinnom meaning the “Valley of Hinnom,” or ge bene hinnom meaning “the valley of the sons of Hinnom.” (ISBE) Yes, it’s a real valley. It’s downhill from the southern wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. I’ve been there many times. I’ve explored its length. The valley was notorious for two things:

[You’ll want to read ALL of this article! Click:  Bert’s Blog.]


Bert Gary and the Funny Video May 14, 2010

My wife and I laughed out-loud at this “Jesus Loves You” video.

It takes an awful lot of back-peddling and double-talk to even try to
explain away the holes in a lot of theology.

Watch the video, then read some comments (below) by the ever insightful Bert Gary.


“…many [people] have not thought through the inherent contradictions in modern evangelicalism’s fundamental claims—specifically, Jesus and the Father are different and have a different mind about you, God’s default setting for all people is not love and grace but eternal torture, and Jesus is bound by a rule more powerful than Him that forces him to torture you forever if you don’t knuckle under and say “the magic Jesus words.”

What is ironic is that an atheist, cartoon comedian sees so clearly what is wrong, and most [people] don’t see it or are in various stages of fuzziness about it. It makes me want to start a class, show the cartoon, and then walk through the contradictory theological assumptions in modern evangelicalism’s message, contrasting it with the biblical message:

1. Jesus loves me but I will be tortured forever if I don’t love him back, so there is a “love” that not only allows torture, but requires torture.

2. Jesus has to torture me if I don’t love him though he doesn’t want to, so there is a rule more powerful than Jesus that forces him to do what he doesn’t want to do.

3. Jesus and his Father are very different and are of two different minds about me, so Jesus loves me but his Father’s hate of sin and sinners overrides the Son’s love.

4. Jesus was sent by the Father not to change me, but to try to change the Father’s mind about me and his plan to torture me by threatening me with his Father’s torture-plan, so I must love him in order to stop him from torturing me.

5. Fear then is supposed to make me love, making fear more powerful than love and making love dependent upon fear.

This theology is fundamentally founded on hate. The Father hates sin, so he is required to hate sinners. The hate of sinners requires that the Father punish sinners. But apparently there is another “side” of the Father that wants to offer sinners a loophole. So he sends Jesus, his Son, who is very different from him, to say “I love you, but my Father hates you and plans to torture you forever if you don’t love me back.” This “loving threat” is intended to frighten you into loving him in order to save your own soul.

Modern evangelism by and large begins with this fear of hell. It’s their foundation. But if fear is the opposite of faith, and biblically it is, then how can you lead someone to faith with fear? Fear cannot lead to faith. Fear and faith are mutually exclusive. How can we label religious motivation and manipulation of people using fear as “faith”?

1 John 4:18-19 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.

We love him and have faith in him because he loved us first. Using fear, on the other hand, is a faithless, loveless act. Basing everything on fear of punishment drives out faith! Love, however, both compels faith and is the fruit of faith (Galatians 5:22).”
— Bert Gary


Baby Smashing: 101 April 24, 2010


“Bless The Baby Smashers?”
By Bert Gary and David Foreman

Do you want to claim all the blessings of the Bible? I’ve heard pastors telling their congregants to claim this very thing. But I have reservations. And I raise my reservations in order to question common assumptions about what the Bible is and how to interpret it.

Now I like this blessing:

Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. (Psalm 41:1)

But look at this one:

Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!
(Psalm 137:9 – ESV)

Do I really want to claim all the blessings in the Bible? I realize the Bible assures us, “For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in him; therefore also through him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God.” (2 Cor 1:20 – NET) But obviously I can’t claim the right to be a blessed baby smasher, can I? Houston, we have a problem.

As I have grown to love and trust the Bible, I’ve come to understand that the Scriptures “plainly” say a lot of things. But, where I see us frequently getting off track is when we fail to realize that, if not reverently cautious to read Scriptures in context, we can read the Bible saying a lot of things that the Bible “plainly” doesn’t say.

— Read the rest of the article. Click HERE: Does The Bible Really Say That


The Un-Religion September 29, 2009

“True Christianity is the un-religion. It’s a non-religion. Moreover, real Christianity is the end of all religion. Religious people are dancing with a corpse and don’t know it.”
– Bert Gary, from Un-Religion. 

This is one very good article.  Read more at:


Where is my grandmother (1908-2007)? – Bert Gary’s MySpace Blog | September 25, 2009

“Albert Einstein’s mind-blowing explanation of time, believe it or not, which most people have never heard or understood, illustrates a biblical view of time.”  Agree?  Disagree?  Either way, this is one very interesting article.  See what you think.

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