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First of all we need to examine this idea of applied torment, regarding hell. The descriptions of what awaits those who reject God are in the context of a society that held honor/shame in much higher regard than we do.
Why are the descriptions in the Bible about the torment awaiting the unsaved contingent upon the context of a certain society's views on honor/shame?
Because that was the society and culture originally addressed. To ignore that context leaves us in an arbitrary and insecure position of completely redefining the meaning per each change in culture and society. We wouldn't do that with modern literature and expect to understand what the author meant. We can't expect any better for writings to ancient, non-western cultures using different languages.
[see Luke 16 for example].
I'll reference material about Luke 16 further down.
Are you saying that the Bible was influenced by the people who were writing/translating it? Does that mean that you believe the translators to have imput their biases into the scripture? If so, wouldn't that negate it's being infallible?
I see no reason that personal style, cultural context and literary devices per both of those, are in conflict with being inspired or the original text being infallible or inerrant. Some might try to argue that having to study such issues for understanding speaks against both, but there is no reason that something must be universal in expression in order to be inerrant or infallible.
The following will inform and help avoid misconceptions about this and contextual matters for those on any side of these issues.
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