The Savior's Reference To Outer Darkness

When the scriptures were originally written, during the time of Christ, "scientists" in the days of Christ only knew five things about the Universe:
1) Our Sun,
2) Our Earth,
3) Our Moon
4) They may have observed the movements of some planets (stars do not move from our perspective but the planets, if people can track their dots, do move very slowly)
5) The Stars

It is questionable whether they knew that "stars" were really "Suns" which were really far, far, far, far away!!!

Yet in three places in the book of Matthew the term "Outer Darkness" is used which would not apply to any of these five types of celestial bodies!!!

First, Matthew 8:11-13:
Bible - Matthew 8:11-13

11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Second, Matthew 22:11-14:
Bible - Matthew 22:11-14

11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

It is interesting that the only "sin" of this person is that he was not wearing the proper wedding garment. Yet he was cast into outer darkness.

Here is third example of the Savior using the phrase: outer darkness:

Third, Matthew 25:28-32:
Bible - Matthew 25:28-32

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

The Book of Mormon also uses the term "outer darkness" in Alma 40:12-14:

12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.

13 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil—for behold, they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord; for behold, they chose evil works rather than good; therefore the spirit of the devil did enter into them, and take possession of their house—and these shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.

14 Now this is the state of the souls of the wicked, yea, in darkness, and a state of awful, fearful looking for the fiery indignation of the wrath of God upon them; thus they remain in this estate, as well as the righteous in paradise, until the time of their resurrection.


To Whom Might The "Outer Darkness" Punishment Apply???

Basically, anything in our solar system which is outside of Neptune could be considered to be in "outer darkness,"

Pluto was demoted to a "dwarf planet" so it is no longer considered a "planet."

It is not clear as to who end up in "outer darkness," or why they will be sent there, but it is clear that some people will go there or the Savior would not have mentioned it!!!

I would assume that those who end up in Outer Darkness will be a subset of those who go to the Telestial Kingdom. But why one person headed to the Telestial Kingdom would end up in outer darkness and another may not, is definitly not clear!!!

So let us think about where the Savior might have been thinking about when He (and Alma The Younger) might have been talking about.

There are three places in our extended solar system (i.e. the Sun and all of the planets) where there would clearly be "darkness:"
1) Kuiper Belt,
2) Oort Clout,
3) Planet Nine (sometimes called Planet X)

You might want to Google these three phrases as I will not go into very much detail about them.

By the way, the Oort Cloud extends a very long ways away from our Sun, but no one knows how far because it is a bunch of rocks and ice.

There are five "dwarf planets" which are in the Kuiper Belt where people could live on as part of the outer darkness punishment which would fit in addition to the above list (i.e. they are outside of Neptune's orbit):
1) Ceres,
2) Pluto, which used to be categorized as a planet but was demoted when other dwarf planets (just as big as Pluto) were discovered in the Kuiper Belt,
3) Haumea,
4) Makamake
5) Eris

Here is an excellent article on the Kuiper Belt:
Article: 10 Things to Know About the Kuiper Belt

And remember the Oort Cloud is beyond the Kuiper Belt!!


Planet 9

While it is obvious that anything further from the Sun than Neptune would qualify as "outer darkness." Planet 9 is a different case for two reasons.

First, is the orbit of Planet 9. It has a gigantic orbit!!!!

Anyone living on Planet 9 (as the "outer darkness" punishment) would see our Sun much dimmer than almost anything outside of Neptune's orbit. At times it would be way, way further away than anything in the Oort Cloud, much less the Kuiper Belt!!!

Remember, NO OBSERVATORY has ever "seen" Planet 9, not even the observatories in space!!!

The only reason that astonomers know Planet 9 exists is because they see clear gravitational pulls from Planet 9!!!

Second, what if Planet 9 were a gas giant???

Anyone standing on the surface of Planet 9, and given its gigantic orbit aroud the Sun, and if it was a gas giant, would be in such darkness that they literally would not have a clue what direction the Sun was from them!!!!

The only way to replicate this darkness on Planet Earth (that is us) would be to be in a gigantic, winding cave, at least 1 mile from the entrance to the cave!!!


Final Comments

The big question is this: why haven't astronomers been able to see a planet (Planet 9) which has about ten times the mass as our planet???

If Planet 9 is a "gas giant" like Juipiter, just much further away, it would be easy to figure out why astronomers cannot see Planet 9. The very dim light from the Sun (at this distance away from our Sun), would probably not penetrate the clouds surrounding Planet 9 to even get to the hard core of Planet 9.

And the planet's surface would not make very good mirrors and the clouds would interfere with any light going back to earth.

To make things worse, what little, or no light, gets to the hard surface of Planet 9 would have to "bounce" off of the hard core of Planet 9 and AGAIN GO THROUGH THE GAS CLOUD (a second time) to get back to earth!!! Ain't gonna happen!!!!!

So let's now think of someone who is banished to live on the surfact of Planet 9.

For reasons I just mentioned, very little light, if any, would get to the surface of Planet 9 because of the clouds PLUS the distance from the Sun!!! These people would literally be in outer darkness!!!


Final Comments

When the Savior was talking about "Outer Darkness" He could have been thinking about:
1) The far end of the Oort Cloud (on a large rock or large ice chunk very, very, very, very far away from the Sun!!!),
2) In the Kuiper Belt on some Dwarf Planet such as Pluto,
3) On Planet 9 in the Kuiper Belt (assuming it is "built" like Jupiter because our astronomers cannot see it)???

What do you think??? Well, the worse punishment of all would be on a dwarf planet many millions of miles past the Kuiper Belt and into the Oort Cloud!!! You cannot imagine how dark it would be!!!

Both Planet 9, because of the clouds, or deep, deep, deep into the Oort Cloud would both create unbelievable darkness!!!

And I should add that the Oort Cloud, way, way, way, way away from the Sun would be very, very, very cold!!!! Remember, the Oort Cloud has a lot of ice in it!!! In the Oort Cloud, millions of different people could live alone on their own private, frozen icecube!!!!

Don't forget loneliness as a punishment!!!

And if you did run into other people, who are also in outer darkness think what kind of people they would be!!!

This is the key to me: it seems to me that God intentionally and carefully designed Planet 9 to be HELL!!!!!


Back To The Time Of Christ

The people in Jerusalen in the time of Christ did not have a clue what the Savior was talking about!!! But the aposles would clearly have known that outer darkness was not a good thing!!!

Here is my point, when the Savior made his comments, no one, not even His disciples, would have had a clue what He was talking about!!!

But today we know many options that the Savior could have been talking about, most of them in the Oort Cloud.

But perhaps some people will end up on Planet 9 and others may end up way, way, way, way out on the Oort cloud where it is lonely. I just hope I am not in any of the places I have talked about!!!


Planets Hotter Than Hell!!!

Most people, when they think about hell, think about "burning in hell," not "freezing in hell"!!!

While the planet Mercury would suffice for burning in hell, Mercury, even if the same side of Mercury always faced the Sun, is nothing compared to some of the planets in other solar systems in our Universe!!!!

A planet called a "Hot Juipiter" is a gas giant (like Jupiter) but is very, very close to the sun/star that it orbits and they get really, really hot!!!

Some stars are giant X-Ray machines and you would not want to get anywhere near one these stars!!!

It would be nice if one of the apostles was familiar with the cold and hot planets (and other objects) and clarified who goes where??? Well, it's not going to happen.

The Spitzer Space Telescope, is an infrared telescope in space that specializes in looking at exoplanets outside of our solar systems. It pretty much specializes in finding places that would make anything in our solar system seem cold.