What Is The Truth About Hell?

Do the lost burn in forever in Hell?

In the bible there are several words for hell such as Sheol and Hades. Sheol basically means the grave. In Genesis Sheol is the place where Adam went after he sinned in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:19 For dust you are made and dust you shall return.

There are also words about hell in the New Testament. In Acts 2:27 Thou shall not leave my soul in Hades. Jesus also speaks about Hades. In Revelation 1:18 where He says " I am he that liveth, and was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore and have the keys to Hades. The fact that Jesus has the keys to Hades , and Jesus speaks about the gates of Hades to Peter in Mathew 16:18 Though art Peter and upon this rock I build my church and the gates of Hades shall not revial against it.


It is very interesting, that all the people on earth, from the creation to the present time on earth in Revelation 20:13 Death and Hades ( the grave) gave up it's dead and those who where in them. Remember in the bible, the dead were sleeping in the ground. When Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead, Lazarus had been dead for four days Lazarus had been in his tomb for four days and was staring to starting to stink. But Jesus called out to Lazarus and said " Lazarus come out" and Lazarus came out. Lazarus had been wrapped in with clothes and Jesus said " Loose him and let him go"

The fact is that Lazarus had been in the grave for four days, but Jesus brought him back to life.

God has the power to destroy hell, and also has the mercy to destroy hell. He can simply destroy hell. He can destroy hell and not allow his children to burn forever in the lake of fire

Do you believe this. Is this true? Some do, and some do, and some do not. Please watch the video below.

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment doctorulna as you understand a lot of my hubs are questions. They help me learn more about the truth, which is what I need. Thank you so much.


graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

It my help to note that the word Hell is stated 22 times in the New Testament (KJV) and of those 22 times the word Hell was mentioned by Jesus Christ 15 times within the four Gospels. And a total of 8 times just within the Book of Matthew alone.

In the Old Testament, Hell is stated total of 32 times starting at the Book of Deuteronomy 32: 22. But it should also be understood that the numbers I stated could vary depending on which translation of bible is being used.

I believe the best way to determine what exactly Hell is to understand first the context in which the word itself is used.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Michele, you have touched upon a question I simply am not qualified to answer. I have an open mind, but it is strictly a matter of faith, and I never discuss religion or politics on a public forum. I do, however, provide support for a Hubber I respect, so here I am. I hope some of the comments provide you with clarification of some sort.,

bill


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

graceinus Thank you for your comment, I will be doing that the more I read and study.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

doctorulna true, and it is very important to understand what the bible is teaching us.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you bill for supporting me, I appreciate it very much


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I am a mason. We are discouraged to anything that would shake a person's faith. On the contrary we must support your faith.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great approach to this subject, Michele. I hope it makes people think about the reality of this place. Your questions are challenging, but that is how we learn. Blessings.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Mh thank you so much for supporting my faith. I actually do believe that God is too has so much mercy that He does not make people burn forever in hell. What about a person who does not believe in God, but does wonderful things for other people. Like providing food for people who have none. Things like that.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks teaches, sometimes people comment and sometimes do not. Sometime I know, a lot of times I don't. This might be a very short hub:)


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Mine is a God of love not punishment. The concept of Hell is man-made and was created to control the masses. I hope most people evolve from wanting to do good not out of fear of going to Hell.


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

The more I have thought on eternity, the less likely the traditional basis of hell has seemed.

The nearest I have come to any understanding is that God has an obligation to cater for all humanity, including those who by choice or actions are unable to accompany Him for eternity, and that place must be a place He decides never to revisit, in which all of those who do not qualify for eternity with Him, must be contained for eternity without Him.

That would preclude any escape from the place, as there would be no way for anyone to change destination once they were dead, and would also preclude any intervention by God, Christ or the Holy Spirit, so there would be no restraining force there to limit what anybody did.

It would therefore contain all who sought to be rebellious and have control over their life, it must contain all demons, all murderers, deviants and every other miscreant who rejected God or was by their own actions incapable of union with Him.

So no rules, no restraint, all of the dregs of humanity and no escape.

In that scenario, I can see hell.

Gods Creation is so large, so vast, those who reach eternal life with God, would never know of it's existence, and when eternity is reached, and all is then known, would agree with God that those who failed this soul school we are living here whilst alive, deserved their eternal fate, and had chosen it themselves.

God reaches out to every soul injected into this existence, He is love personified, and nobody needs to fear death, unless they choose to reject Gods Grace and Mercy in favor of choosing the enemies leies and deceptions whilst alive.

Gaining eternal life with God is not difficult, just in fact a matter of rejecting the enemy, choosing to do Gods will, rather than our own, and helping others whenever we can or are required to.

Choosing to reject God is also a simple thing, all that requires is rebellion against God, choosing to do our will rather than Gods, and counting our own self greater than Him.

John


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

Hey Michele,

You asked a question that many people ask and I believe that the answer is revealed in the Bible itself. I would encourage you to look through the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and read what Jesus Himself has to say about Hell.

In the Book of Revelation Hell is destroyed by God. It is cast into the Lake of Fire. Those that are in Hell are cast in the Lake of Fire, along with the devil and his angels. Those who are not found written in the Book of Life are cast into the Lake of Fire as well. To read about it you can see Revelation Chapter 19 and 20.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Good morning Mishele.

Hell is very real and will never be destroyed. I can support this with many Bible verses but instead will suggest you watch a video calles "23 minutes in Hell" I forget the mans name but it will be very eye opening for you.

God bless you with His sweet divine love


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Lipnancy I agree with you. God is more merciful than we can even imagine. I also agree that people want to do good simply because they want to do good, not because they are afraid they will go to hell if they do not do good.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

But, God is so great, so wonderful, and so full of love. Why not simply return man to dust, like He did to Adam? If one returns to dust, then that man is nothing. No paradise, but simply nothing.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Hello North Wind, I believe that to be true. In Revelation there is a new Heaven and a New Earth. It also says in Revelation 21:8 that those who are thrown into the lake of fire that it will be the second death. It means they will die. Not burn forever. Just that they will die.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Hello teacherjoe. 23 minutes in hell is a popular video, but I mostly read from the bible. Look at Revelation 20:14 where death and Hades (hell) are both throne into the lake of fire. That means that even hell is destroyed. Only satan and the beast are the ones who will burn forever.

The second death means death.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

Hi Michelle, I did not take it to mean that those who were not found in the Book of Life would just die. Since the Book of Revelation says that the beast and Satan would be cast into the Lake of Fire where they would be 'tormented day and night forever and ever,' would not that also be the case for those who were thrown into the Lake who were not written in the Book of Life?

Also, I do not think that there is any of God's children who are in Hell. Those who are in Hell and those who will be cast into the Lake of Fire because they are not in the Book of Life are no children of His.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

But, aren't those people just the ones who took the mark of the beast?

What about people who truly do not understand God. People who are not evil, but just don't understand?


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Good morning Michele.

May I suggest you look up Mark 9:43 and Revelation 20:11 and 14.

God bless you


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Hello teacherjoe,

In Mark 9:43 they kept silent, for on the road, they had argued among themselves who was greater.

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne and the one seated on it. From before him the earth and the heaven fled away and no place was found for them.

Revelation 20:14 Death and Hades (hell) were hurled into the lake of fire, this means the second death, the lake of fire.

So, that means they do not burn in hell forever. Hell is destroyed by the lake of fire. Death is destroyed. They will not suffer forever because God does not punish all. Perhaps God only punishes evil.

Thank you very much for your comment.

God bless you.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Hi Michele.

Perhaps we are getting our information from differant Bibles. I counted 33 on http://www.biblegateway.com which is the referance site I use. My preferance is the New International Version

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.. Revelation 20:10 -15 New International Version.

Please note the sentence They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. Mark 9:42 New International Version

God bless you.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

The ones who take the mark of the beast are the ones at the end of things as we know it. There are others who came before and who exist today who are now in Hell or are on their way there who will be cast into the Lake of Fire as well.

The Bible does say that there is no one good except God and that we do not enter into heaven by our righteousness but by His. As a result, we all deserve to go to Hell. It is only through His saving grace that some of us are redeemed. As He said, 'Many are called but few are chosen.'


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

North Wind, I had forgotten about the cutting off of one's hand. That does make quite a difference. Also Many are called, but few are chosen.

Thank you for your comments. They make quite a difference in my thinking.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Great approach to the subject, which is quite a controversial subject and shall remain unanswered, we can only guess, and i firmly believe that after death our soul gets transferred to other new born bodies, based on our Karma's of previous life, heaven or hell, they are experienced during our exiting life, which is being decided by the Almighty God.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Does the Karma of the previous life mean that a person is good or bad? If so, wouldn't that be a reason for people to act good? Just wondering.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

Michele, wow, you have hit on a controversial subject and the comments by your readers show this.

How anyone could believe in 'hell' at all is beyond me. How the churches have mislead the masses!

Another wonderful piece of writing.

Agreeing with your faith and beliefs!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Excellent hub Michele,

Really great write, and I loved the video - so powerful and thought-provoking.

I have been praying for you each and every day. I really love your new photo pic.

Voted Way Up

In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

LadyLyell I agree with you, but many churches do not preach about hell these days, and those that do, well teach that anyone who is not in their church go there.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank Faith thank you for the complement on the new pic. It has been 2 years since the surgery. Just wanted to show how long my hair has become. Bald made me want to show my hair! lol..

I have also been praying for you, I pray you are doing well.

God bless you

Michele


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Good hub and I have to say I believe in what the bible say's.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Yes dear one, I am fine. My PT INR levels seem to be right where they need to be at this moment. I love your long hair, it is so beautiful, as you are inside and out. Thank you for praying for me. He hears and He heals. I know without a doubt. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much for your comment GlstngRosePetals I believe in the bible also.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Faith Reaper, thank you so much for your prayers. I am so happy your PT and INR levels are where they need to be. Isn't interesting that God has put us and several others together here on hubpages to pray for each other? We know He will hear our prayers.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Hi Michelle: Excellent thought provoking hub.

I have studied alot of the Bible. That being said, there is so much I do not understand. Sometimes it appears to contradict itself.

What happens when we die is, and has been for me, a mystery. I feel in my heart I will be in Heaven with my loved ones and that I will see the face of Jesus Christ.

I have read numerous accounts of quotes from things people have said on their death beds with their last dying breath. I THINK I read somewhere that Voltaire saw the flames of hell on his death bed, not sure.

If you google "quotes people have said with their last dying breath" I believe alot of sites will pop up.

I have also read accounts of people who have sat at the bedside of their loved ones and quoted what they have said. Some have greeted a dead family member with their last breath.

Not to mention the NUMEROUS books I have read of people who have died, then come back to life. (example "Heaven Is Real" by Todd Burpo, and "90 Minutes In Heaven" by Don Piper.

I guess, to summarize, I am unable to answer your question. It's an eternal mystery. But God knows.

He has been with me through every trial I have faced, and He has provided multitudes of blessings grace and mercy since the day I was born.

I believe those who practice utter dependence on God every single minute of every day are at peace regarding everything.

I know my Redeemer lives.

Voted up and useful. God bless you real good, and I pray for you every day. And I know we will meet some day.

PS: Your pic is lovely and your hair is beautiful. blessings Sparklea


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Sparklea, I know about what you are saying. Right before my father died, he had a dream about my mother. My mother had died two years two years earlier. He had been depressed. I was with him, and he told me he had a dream that my mother was reaching out to him with both her arms. He was in great health, walked four miles per day. That night he tripped and fell down the steps of his house. He hit his head at the bottom of the steps. He bled to death. My brother found him the next day.

It is confusing to me. I believe in the bible, but as an RN I have seen people,right before they die, reach out to loved ones right before they die.


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brotheryochanan 3 years ago from BC, canada

its nice that you've come to be open to hell as a misused word that authentically means grave. In john 3:16 you might like to notice that perish means to destroy fully, complete destruction. The catholic teaching that there is an underworld ruled by satan as a punishment place for unsaved people is truly ridiculous. Don't ever be leary on marrying the OT with the NT and vice versa. The old testament is scripture, endorsed by Jesus. There is no new doctrine in the NT but there is hellenism and catholic tweaking.

I know Jesus said: "Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Now, what was fulfilled? The messianic prophecies. Revelations wasn't written at the time of jesus so he could not be speaking about that, the NT was not around at all.. he was speaking of fulfillment of the messianic prophecies which he did fulfill completely with his death and resurrection. Now with the invention of printing presses.. we have the NIV version lol.

Good hub


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

That is true, in the Old Testament when people die they simple go to sleep in the ground. They have no memory, nothing. They are simply asleep.

However, things do change. When describing Hell or the Lake of fire.

The English word "Hell" refers to a place of eternal punishment for the wicked. Its meaning does not distinguish between the two separate places for the wicked to be punished, one temporary for the soul, and the other, the Lake of Fire, permanent for the soul and body. Nor does its meaning include the place of comfort for saints prior to Christ's resurrection. In normal English conversation, "Hell" is used only in the negative sense, with no saved people ever going there.

Lake of Fire described in Revelation 19 and 20. It is presently uninhabited, but the Beast and the False Prophet will be cast into it at the end of the tribulation (Revelation 19:20). One thousand years later, Satan will be cast into it (Revelation 20:10) and will be followed shortly by the lost people of all previous time periods (Revelation 20:15). They will all enter Gehenna together, in there resurrected bodies, where they will remain in torment for all eternity.

This Revelation 20 passage makes it clear that Hades and the Lake of Fire are not the same place. At the great white throne judgement at the end of the 1000 year kingdom, those in Hades will be removed from Hades, as Revelation 20:13 says, "... hell (Hades) delivered up the dead which were in them ...." And those which were in Hades will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:14-15). Note that the timing of this relocation of the lost occurs just before where Revelation 21:1 says, "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea." Hades, which will be emptied in Revelation 20:13, apparently will them be destroyed, since it is in the heart of the first earth.

I do my best, it is never perfect. I copied and pasted this one, because I researched it. However, as I have said before, I don't know everything. That is true!

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