Be you a Christian, a Jew, an atheist or otherwise, you are not a goat. It’s rather unlikely that you might one day change into a goat. Or a sheep. No, you are a human being, a “son of man” in Jewish terms, and valuable to God. That was the truth for Matthew, the Jewish author of Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. So let the fire and brimstone image go, because your Father loves you. But don’t trust my word. If you’re plagued by self-inflicted goat trauma, you should know what Rabbi Christ believed.
“Hell is not a punishment in the conventional sense. It is in fact the expression of a great kindness.”
Rabbi Aron Moss