Hell is Just a Word But the Doctrine is Evil
Probably one of the worst and most damnable shows on TBN involves former teen acter Kirk Cameron and Ray Confort. They do this show entitled "Way of The master" (I refuse to capitalize a false god) and go around asking people if they died, would they go to heaven or hell?. What they and most of the people they talk to fail to realize is such a loaded question could never be answered honestly by anyone that knows the origin of the word hell. But what makes this question so evil, is that it promotes a dispicable doctrine of men that has no scriptural basis, and if it did, the entire book should be ignored anyway. These two men go around asking people if they've ever lied, stolen anything, lusted, hated, etc. They then tell them in so many words that because of these sins, they are deserving of an eternity of physical burning. However, if they choose christ they can avoid this. It never occured to these knuckle heads that most people never had a realistic chance to accept Christ or that the scriptures assert that God calls us to Him. Not the other way around. Their award winning moments are when they get poor saps crying over the prospect of burning in hell for eternity. It makes me livid to see how emotional people become over such a horrendous lie (I'm talking about the doctrine. These two obviously believe the hell trash). But should these people stop crying now that they have repented? Sure, if they're selfish enough not to worry about the billions of others headed for hell. Anyhow, this post goes through some misconceptions about the hell in the bible and explains why judgment is not an eternity of anything, let alone burning in physical fire.
The Most Damnable Doctrine Ever:
Oh Hell, what could that be?!!!
Fear is not in love, but perfect love is casting out fear, for fear has chastening. Now he who is fearing is not perfected in love.
Are fear mongering christians righteous for teaching about some eternal hell fire? And what kind of god would create such a place?
Saint Augustine from his writing, City of God: (One of the greatest hell teaching heretics of all time)
This (doctrine) seems to have been done on no other account, but as it was the business of princes, out of their wisdom and civil prudence, to deceive the people in their religion; princes, under the name of religion, persuaded the people to believe those things true, which they themselves knew to be idle fables; by this means, for their own ease in government, tying them the more closely to civil society.
The modern day Christian ideas of hell come directly out of Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy” which influenced the Catholic doctrines of heaven, hell and purgatory. Another famous book “Dante and His Inferno” has many of Plato’s and Virgil’s ideas of the Christian hell. This book had great (terrible) influence on Christian thought and teaching.
Did people in the OT ever go to a place called hell when they died?
Well, Abraham, who was righteous was to go to his fathers at death.
And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age
Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
So in other words, did Abraham join his fathers in heaven at death? Were the fathers righteous enough to go to such a place?
And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other Gods.
So if Abraham was to join his fathers at death, then it is abundantly clear that they were not in some fabled hell. They also weren’t in some misunderstood heaven, either.
Hell as defined in England in 1600s-
To cover, conceal. (Webster’s Twentieth Century Dictionary)
(I'm pretty sure the word helmet came from the original meaning.)
Hell of the 21st century-
The abode of condemned souls and devils. . . the place of eternal punishment for the wicked after death, presided over by Satan. . . a state of separation from God. . . a place of evil, misery, discord, or destruction. . .torment, anguish. (American Heritage Collegiate Dictionary)
Well, that settles it. A modern dictionary explains what an Old English word means.
Because You will not leave my soul in hell (hades), neither will You suffer your holy one to see corruption. Quoted from:
For You will not leave My soul in hell (sheol) neither will You suffer your holy one to see corruption. (you gotta love this one)
Sheol and hades are the same!!!
Sheol is translated hell 31 times in the KJV and is translated grave 31 times.
When someone says that hell is a place, they must be speaking about sheol or hades which both mean grave or more literally, the unseen (the spiritual realm of the dead or non-existence).
Sheol is also translated 3 times as pit.
O Lord, You have brought up my soul from the grave (sheol): You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit (sheol). (What???)
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave (sheol), and the noise of your viols: the worm (must be those worms in hell, right?) is spread under you, and the worms cover you.
Like sheep they are laid in the grave (sheol); death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave (sheol) from their dwelling. (Why aren’t they on fire, they’re in hell aren’t they?)
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave (sheol) for He shall receive me. Selah. (I thought that one can’t be redeemed from hell)
Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave (sheol), where you go. (Just a lot of burning)
Sheol translated hell:
The wicked shall be turned into hell (sheol), and all the nations that forget God.
Oh, I see. Us dumb sheep will never see such deception of the KJ translators. How can someone be turned into hell?
Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible-The lawless shall return to hades, All nations forgetful of God.
(Concordant)-The wicked shall return to the unseen, all nations forgetful of God.
If I ascend up into heaven, You are there: if I make my bed in hell (sheol) behold, You are there. (God is at our highest as well as our lowest spiritual depths)
And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and He heard me; out of the Belly of hell (sheol) cried I, and You heard my voice. (Now hell is in the belly of a fish)
21st century definition of hell’s terms are:
Condemned souls, devils, eternal punishment, Satan, separation of God, evil, misery, discord or destruction, torment, and anguish.
Not once are these terms used in relation to the word Sheol or its’ translation of hell.
9 out of 10 times in the New Testament the KJ translates hades as hell.
1 Cor. 15:55 (The one time hades is translated grave)
O death, where is thy sting? O grave (hades) where is thy victory?
It appears that special interests are committed to protecting their stupid hell doctrine. Here God is telling the world that hades will have no victory over the dead. No hell theologian would say “hell will have no victory over its inhabitants”.
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave (sheol).
We are told in Acts 2:27 that Jesus’s soul was not left in hell (hades), which is a quotation from Psa 16:10 which is the same word in Hebrew which states that Jesus” soul was not left in hell (sheol).
Sheol=hades (A condition, state, mode or realm).
Now we come to Gehenna which was a place of fire.
. . . And they dwelt from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom
And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom. . .
II Kings 28:3
Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire. . .(there was fire there)
II Chron. 33:6
He sacrificed his sons in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, . . .(not hell)
Why did God warn . . .If any man shall add unto these things. . .And if any man shall take away from the words of this book . . . if it wasn’t bound to happen?
Titus 1:2 and James 1:13
God cannot lie. God tempts no man. (But He sends lying spirits, 1 Kings 22:22 and II Chron. 18:21, etc.)
Gehenna fire is described by Christ as fire that is never quenched. Obviously Gehenna fire went out long ago once it burned up everything it was supposed to burn up. This is true with symbolic Gehenna fire (Lake of Fire) as well. It will burn out all impurities of sinners before going out on its own. It will never be quenched, though.
Gehenna Translated hell 11 times in NT
Here, Gehenna is likened to the judgments of men, even though they are of Christ and are intended only for the elect, who are judged in this life.
1 Peter 4:17
For it is time for judgment to begin with the house of God (the chosen or elect).
Matt. 5:21 and 25
But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the Council; but whosoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of hell (Gehenna) fire; agree with your adversary quickly… lest… you be cast into prison (a spiritual frame of mind).
And if your right hand offend you, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell (Gehenna). (Body parts don’t sin. Sin comes from the heart. Notice!!)
Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin.
These teachings involving Gehenna are first, clearly addressed only to the 12 apostles, who represent the elect of all time. Sure, the church thinks that anyone not addressed here is destined for some terrorist hellhole, but this teaching took place in the Sermon on the Mount, and only the 12 followed Christ all the way up.
Matt. 10:1 and 5
. . . He called unto Himself His twelve disciples. . . These twelve Jesus sent forth and commanded them saying. . . (He was speaking only to the 12)
Ray Smith- "Jesus was not warning the wicked to not fear the wicked who, when they kill the wicked they cannot kill the soul."
Notice what Christ says about the destruction of body and soul:
He that finds his life (soul-psuche, not zoe which is life) shall lose it: and he that loses his life (soul) for My sake shall find it. (Again, the soul is not immortal. Nice try KJ)
Ray Smith- We must be spiritually baptized into Christ’s death, and we must also lose our soul (must be destroyed) for Christ’s sake.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).
Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries take their share of liberties in defining terms. Notice what they have to say about Gehenna.
Gehenna-a valley in Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment.
This of course (their hell rendering), is unfounded by scripture, and is totally an attempt to keep the pagan teachings of hell alive and well. I think we know where their money comes from.
II Pet. 1:20
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation. (Scripture must interpret scripture) Such as
The Lake of Fire, Great White Throne Judgment: What is it?
We now come to what Kirk Cameron and Ray Confort call hell. They feel that Revelations teaches that The Lake of Fire is just another name for hell. But does scripture back up such a notion?
It’s referred to as a White Throne Judgment. The word white signifies something very good in scripture. Need I give all of the examples of usage of the word white in relation to Christ? It’s also called great. This probably means that it is very big and that most people will take part in it.
Burning with brimstone (sulfur)? But why??
Sulfur was used by ancient religions, for purifying (fumigating) and for bleaching cloth. Encyclopedia Britannica-“Ancient producers described their method of obtaining sulfur from its ore as purification by fire.”
Properties-Sulfur is tasteless and odorless (in its purest form) and has no action on the skin. Sulfur is a poor conductor of both heat and electricity. . .(Brimstone or sulfur has been used in medicines and sulfur pills saved many lives during WWII.
I think that we can determine that this spiritual brimstone will be used for the purification of the spiritually sick who are cast into the Lake of Fire.
Brimstone (theion or fire from heaven)-comes from the Greek word theios which means: Divine, of the power of God and of God’s nature.
Isa. 30:last verse
For Tophet is ordained of old for the King it is prepared; He has made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, does kindle it.
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead (theos) is like unto gold or silver. . . So what does this prove scripturally?
God is not only in this spiritual consuming fire (Heb.12:29) but God is this fire.
Another misunderstood defense of the eternal hell doctrine:
Wailing and Nashing of Teeth?
Mat 13:41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Ahha, they’re on fire. See, they’re in such pain that they are wailing and gnashing their teeth. See. . .
Gnashing-Stiking the teeth together, as in anger, rage or pain.
What happened right before they martyred Stephen.
When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. (In other words, they were pissed.)
The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
Folks, gnashing of teeth has nothing to do with being burned, rather it deals with being in a state of anger, rage and nervousness. This symbolic Lake of Fire will not be a pleasant experience.
I think we can rest assured knowing that the hell of Christiandom is a hoax perpetuated by men of old to keep the masses in line. The Lake of Fire is not another name for hell, but is the judgment that most will go through in the next age. Physical brimstone causes no physical pain, however it has long been recognized for its purification properties. The doctrine of hell is of the worst pagan origins and has been around since the ancient Egyptians. Of course, we must remember that these eternal torment deceptions are believed by many because God planned it to go this way.
But how long will this Lake of Fire judgment last? stay tuned for Hell No and the original meaning of aion and aionios.
Thanks goes to Ray Smith of bible-truths.com.