Originally posted by rwingett
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. [b]And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Sounds to me like he's trying to instill fear of everlasting punishment here.[/b]
I was wondering when someone was going to point out the obvious.
The fact is, Jesus talked more about hell than almost any other single subject.
Jesus is indeed trying to instill fear of everlasting punishment. Not, though, in order to manipulate people, as some have proffered here, but in order to warn others of the impending reality
of hell (i.e., eternal separation from God, the source of all good).
Dismiss Jesus' words at your own peril.
P.S. Don't take rwingett's word for it that Jesus didn't say the majority of what is attributed to him in the gospels. It is easy to swallow hook, line and sinker that which agrees with what we are already inclined to believe. I would council you to challenge yourself by investigating the reliability of the gospels. There are many excellent books on the subject. A good place to start would be, "The Case For Christ," by Lee Strobel. Strobel challenges the top experts in the world with the deepest and most current skepticism of the authenticity of Jesus's life and ministry as recorded in the gospels, and his book references many relevant books along the way. Plus, it's just a good read.