Dementia as a Metaphor for Hell

NT Wright describes hell as the process of a person becoming non-human. Essentially, it’s a process of dehumanizing. The person exists in an ex-human state, no longer reflecting their maker in any meaningful sense, can no longer excite in themselves or others the natural sympathy so feel even for the hardened criminal.

Salvation is a humanizing process, or becoming what we were designed to be at creation. Jesus was the exemplar for humanity.

If I had to describe the dehumanizing process, it would look like someone with dementia. They lose their identity, forget who they are and often have no idea where they are or what they’re doing. The body breaks down and eventually just stops working.

I’ve seen that first hand and it’s not pretty.

I pray your life is on a journey back to the Garden (now a city lit by Jesus, but once just a garden) where you can walk and talk with God with complete transparency and wholeness.

Phil Files - Christian Edition
Phil Files - Christian Edition
Dementia as a Metaphor for Hell

David has been a systems thinker most of his life. He has started three businesses as well as designed and developed systems and processes in existing organizations. He has a Doctorate in Leadership and has also done additional post-graduate work in communications.

He has also pastored 3 churches and loves to think about, write about and podcast about scripture, theology, and leadership.

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