From the beginning I predicted the outcome;(Isaiah 46:10) Good News Translation
long ago I foretold what would happen.
I said that my plans would never fail,
that I would do everything I intended to do.
We can parse the difference between hell and the lake of fire because we’ve laid out the broad narrative of scripture, the conceptual backbone of the Bible, a theme which weaves together the law, prophets and the gospel.
The Bible is consistent throughout because it describes the physical expression in space and time of spiritual concepts, like light and darkness, good and evil, which are as fundamental as the elemental particles of which the universe is made. This also allows us to deduce the purpose of creation.
The purpose of creation is to bring about the permanent physical separation of light from darkness, day from night, good from evil.– The Purpose of Creation
With this in mind here’s a summary of the broad narrative of scripture.
A Brief Synopsis of the Broad Narrative of Scripture
|God is Light||1 John 1:5|
|Darkness is inherent to free will||John 1:5|
|Light and darkness must be physically separated||Genesis 1:6|
|God dwells in the light||Psalms 104:1-2|
|Light is above on the periphery||Daniel 12:3|
|Light, life and good are equivalent||John 3:19-21|
|Darkness, death and evil are equivalent||Job 30:26|
|Darkness is below at the center||Job 28:3|
|Once it has accumulated at the center, darkness will be cast into the furthest reaches of space||Matthew 8:12|
|Light comes down from above to the center, darkness will be gone||Revelation 21:2, 23|