Sunday, June 5, 2011

Question #35

Rev 20:10 says, "And the Devil... the wild beast and the false prophet [already were]; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever". Where will the Devil, the wild beast, and the false prophet be "tormented day and night forever and ever"? Likewise, Rev 14:9-11 says, "... If anyone worship the wild beast... he shall be tormented with fire and sulphur... And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever..." Where could "anyone" be "tormented... forever and ever"?

Jehovah's Witnesses who are confronted with this question ought to ask a few questions of their own. For example, the questioner is suggesting that a symbolic wild beast can be literally tortured. And are we to believe there is a literal monster with seven heads lurking in some cavern under the earth? Also, the typical view of hell is that Satan and his demons oversee a fiery torture chamber, but Revelation depicts the Devil as the one being tortured. So, if the Devil is being tortured, who is doing the torturing? God? Jesus? 

These are the kinds of gross absurdities that empty-headed people accept who insist on taking Bible symbolism literally. 

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