Mark said:Did a bit of objectivity slip out among all the best efforts of the "Greek Enforcers" and others to spin and dilute the truth out of such parables?
"Weeping and gnashing of teeth" - sounds like torture.
FWIW I think it is referring to Gehenna, or the 'Valley of Hinnom'. A place where children were sacrificed to Moloch and was latter used as a rubbish dump where fires were lit to keep the rubbish down. The 'weeping and gnashing' being a reference to the dogs who would fight over scraps and 'gnash' their teeth together. Only the most vile offenders were thrown there. Dogs fighting over their flesh? The distortion I think is seeing it as some future state rather than a present reality.
Even though STS seem to have it all there own way, there is enormous drive in realising it could be your friends who are having their souls smashed. Maybe that's why the C's said they won't win, they will only go so far as it is profitable, whereas STO will fight for each other to the very end...