What is your understanding of Hell based upon your readings of the Bible?

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  1. calynbana profile image82
    calynbanaposted 8 years ago

    What is your understanding of Hell based upon your readings of the Bible?

    Do you differentiate between Sheol, Hades and Gehenna?

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    JThomp42posted 8 years ago

    From my studying of the bible, the "under earth" is hell. This is why Christ did not die in vain. His sacrifice was to save our souls from hell if we choose to accept him as our personal "savior." Many argue there is no hell. The lake of fire is where the devil and his demons along with those judged by God, who haven't accepted Jesus as their savior, will be cast into for eternity. Yes, God has given us free will as to choose which path will be taken. Accept Christ and live a life striving to please God, we will spend eternity in paradise. The other road is the road more often taken.

    1. Disappearinghead profile image61
      Disappearingheadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So the Father's love is unconditional on the condition that we love Jesus?

    2. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Good question DH

    3. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Father's love is unconditional. But he allows us to make our own choices. We get to choose to be with God, or separated from Him. He will give us what we choose.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      AMEN caly!!

    5. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Every knee will bow and tongue confess that Christ is Lord.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      SOM.. Read the whole chapter.

    7. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Dont talk to me J. I am not interested in anything you have to say or print. My comment was directed to calynbana

    8. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      SoM we are commanded to attempt to solve our problems with our brothers and sisters. Also explain to me how Christ did not die in vain if everybody is destined for heaven.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      LOL.... SOM.. You are commenting on my answer?

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      Disappearingheadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      @Caly,
      How did Jesus die in vain if his death made it a certainty that everyone is destined for Heaven? If rejecting Jesus is a sin, then how is that one and only sin excluded from his forgiveness?

    11. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      TY DH.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Denying Jesus is blasphemy. The only unforgivable sin.

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      Disappearingheadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      JT. That's not what Jesus said. He said that speaking against him or the Father would be forgiven , but not speaking against the HS ("in this age or the age after". What ages he was referring to is a matter of debate.) .

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Let me rephrase that DH.... Denying the Holy Spirit is blasphemy, the only unforgivable sin... in which means when you deny him, you are not saved from hell.

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      Disappearingheadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No Jesus didn't say denying the HS was blasphemy either. He specifically was referring to thePharisees who claimed that the works of the HS manifest by Jesus was evil.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      DH.. You simply cannot deny blasphemy is the only unforgivable sin. It doesn't need to be said. What is the only thing that can send one to hell? Not accepting Jesus into their hearts through the Holy Spirit "Blasphemy" will send u 2 hell. Plainly st

    17. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      DH, ignore the foolish responces of foolish people. Their belief of hell is tatood into the minds. You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make it think.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Som..... LOL..... You just can't stand to be wrong. Your insults and your childish temperament are laughable. Read Matt. 12 P.S. That is spelled "responses"

    19. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Okay let me ask you this, is there a point to the Great commission then? Should we bother to evangelize?

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Great question cally!!

    21. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      @ Caly. The answer is yes. Back then when the apostles were spreading the real good news, they freed them from their pagan beliefs, Freed them from the fear of death, and to show the gentiles the true glory of our Father.

    22. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Matthew 7:21 - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      @ Deborah..... The oldest translations of the bible are written in Greek. The entire NT was actually written in Greek

  3. Ericdierker profile image59
    Ericdierkerposted 8 years ago

    The scriptures are very clear that there is a Hell. The scriptures describe hell metaphorically. I believe the scriptures make clear that you do not want to go to this place called hell. The worst scenario of hell is conjured up in your mind, therefore it was always taught in metaphor, with the most salient point being no hope.

  4. SwordofManticorE profile image77
    SwordofManticorEposted 8 years ago

    The word hell has replaced the Hebrew word pit, and shoel which means the grave and the state of death. and in the Greek text, it has replaced Gehenna, hades and tarturus. All three have different meanings. Gehenna is symbolic for God's wrath of Judah which took place AD70. Hades is greek for Shoel, and tarurus was symbolically used for the prison the fallen angels went that were disobedient in Gen 6. The early Christians during the times of the apostles believed in the gospel of Universal salvation of all mankind. Paul who brought the gospel to the gentiles never warned them about the fires of Gehenna let alone a place called hell. Augustine of hippo used pagan beliefs with his interpretation of scripture in Latin around AD400 and it was about AD500 when the catholic church adopted this doctrine which should of died with him. Rome became very powerful and wealthy with the use of the doctrine of hell over the western and eastern nations. Shortly afterwards, the Christian world fell into the dark ages. Was that a coincident? Btw, the Norse pagan goddess of the underworld was called hel.

    1. Emanate Presence profile image76
      Emanate Presenceposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sword. it is interesting to read your informed points. You have also said what I would have replied, in essence. The original words translated 'hell' are either mundane or symbolic. The concept of hell was used by the church to gain power over minds.

    2. TerryK81 profile image60
      TerryK81posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ding ding ding!! we have a winner!

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    snerfuposted 8 years ago

    It is the wrong side of the line mathematically for those who follow some principles, and it is those things that are whispered, gossiped because they cannot see the light of day (Jesus, who lives and reigns forever). It is also an excuse for the weak minded who say, let my time come. Cling to the Bible, do not worry about what has been deleted or what you do not understand. It is the only way I believe in. It has never guided me wrong.

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    platinumOwl4posted 8 years ago

    Based on what most people read or claim they read, the King James Version. Not a version that come from the prophets of god but a version that is derived from the manipulations of many original transcripts and a variety of scholars. Heaven and Hell or states of consciousness. There are answers in the bible but you must read with a discerning eye for the truth. Based on James 1 lifestyle I don't have any trust in the truth of his version, but the scholars were able to hide certain truths in plain sight.

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    Deborah Sextonposted 8 years ago

    Hell in Hebrew has always been the grave. When Jonah was in the belly of the Whale he called it hell and he meant his grave or tomb.
    Jonah 2:2
    And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wasn't he just using a idiom. Comparing his situation to hell?

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      Deborah Sextonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No Jonah thought he would die and described the whale's belly as hell (his grave)

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      SirDentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Jonah disobeyed God and even went the opposite way than the one God wanted him to go. Look, Jonah died while in the belly of the whale.  He cried out from hell, which is death, and God heard him and brought him back to life.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Amen Sir!!

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      Deborah Sextonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      When he called the whale's belly, hell, he was not dead. Hell is the grave according to the Hebrew scripture.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The bible was written in Greek.

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      Disappearingheadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sir Dent, Jonah could not have been dead as Ecclesiastes explicitly states that in death there is no thought or action and the dead know nothing. Thus he was not dead.

      JT, the Hebrew scriptures were written in Hebrew.

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      SirDentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I wonder how many people can survive in the belly of any animal?  Stomach acid alone would kill a man in probably less than a minute.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      DH... I meant to say the NT. But, also a great deal of the OT

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      TerryK81posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The grave, or "hell" as translated from the Greek, IS a dark place, and it most likely smells bad do to the decay of it's occupant...

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      Deborah Sextonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No JT none of the OT was written in Greek. It was written in Hebrew/ Aramaic.
      You look kind of silly now.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it was Deborah. Look it up. Greek and Aramaic.

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      Deborah Sextonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No it wasn't JThomp42, the old testament is Hebrew and was written in Hebrew/Aramaic. It doesn't contain one speck of  Greek. Although some Latin was inserted in a couple of places in the English Old Testament.
      The Tanakh (JewishBible) was complete

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I stand corrected...... The new testament was written in Greek.

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    SirDentposted 8 years ago

    How many times has this question been answered?  Makes no difference how well you answer a question.  What most want is to hear that they answered it right.

    Hell is the place of the dead.  However, not all who die are dead.  The rich man lifted up his eyes in hell.  Those in hell are able to see.  Being tormented.  Hell has torment.

    Many say God can't love if He allows a person to go into such a place as hell.  Everyone has a choice to make in the matter and it actually depends upon the person of they go to hell or not. 

    For those who end up there, don't blame God for your decision.  He did everything  for your good and to make a way out for YOU.

    The rich man also tried to get Abraham to let Lazarus go back and tell his brothers not to come to this awful place.  Abraham replied, "Though someone is raised from the dead, they will not believe it."  Guess what?  Abraham was right.  Jesus raised from the dead and they still won't believe.

    1. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i find your interpretation of Luke 16 carnal.

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      Disappearingheadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sir Dent. 'The Rich Man and Lazarus' was a parable. That is, it was not a literal account about a literal rich man or a man called Lazarus. Just as a woman didn't really loose a coin and invite her friends around for a party to celebrate finding it.

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      SirDentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well Sword, I guess Jesus didn't mean it when he said where their worm does not die and the is not quenched.   Well, I suppose that was a GOTCHA moment.

    4. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Dont be so quick to boast. He was referring to the fires of gehenna. He told the pharisees that their bodies will not rest in Hebron when they die, they will be killed and dumped in gehenna to rot like common criminals filled with maggots.

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      SirDentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      DH, Jesus always spoke truth.  He never spoke idle words and fables.  What would be the point in speaking of the rich man lifting up his eyes in hell being full of torment, if he wasn't speaking truth?

    6. Funom Makama 3 profile image68
      Funom Makama 3posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Rev 21: 8
      But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

    7. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      @FM, is that your evidence for a place of eternal torture? What kind of a god do worship?

    8. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      SoM I think the more important question is which God do you worship? Is it the God revealed through careful reading of the scripture, or a god molded through your belief of who God should be, based on emotions and a sense moral superiority?

    9. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I worship my Father. He is perfect love and unfailing. He loves all what He has created and will greet all with love. Your god is a tyrant of a monster no different than the pagan god molech (Dan 3:1-6)

    10. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Matthew 7:21
      The God that I worship is very different from Molech. He is real for one. I have to wonder if you have read the OT all the way through. Have you, recently read the OT all the way through?

    11. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thats your problem there, the kingdom of heaven or God is in us and around us. The early Christians showed the world this kingdom with love to new beleivers. It is not someplace where we all go when we die. You worship an idol of wrath

    12. Ericdierker profile image59
      Ericdierkerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sir, If I preached 10,000 days I could not include all the good news of faith in Christ. Why would I want to preach, OT suggestions of hell for a horrible group of sinners, to children of God today. I am worried for Christianity. If you are right.

    13. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      God has not changed throughout the ages. The God depicted in the OT is the same God depicted in the NT. We need to understand the OT and the NT to fully appreciate the Good News. How you can read Matthew alone and not realize that Jesus is a judge?

    14. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The gosple saved the pagan from their fears of death, Did Paul go to the gentiles and say that they were saved from hell if the except Christ? No! Did those in the colliseum fear the coming death or persecute their killers? No!

    15. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      What does John the Baptizer mean when he said Jesus will bring the wheat into his barn and burn the chaff? What did Jesus mean when he said not everybody who calls lord will see the kingdom of heaven? Why do the disciples say repent, then baptized?

    16. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      my last comment to you caly. study the 4 gosples, malache, dan 9 and then read about the jewish wars. you may find your answer to your question.

    17. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Last comment? Was Jay correct in saying you cut off communication when questioned? If everybody is going to see heaven, then there is absolutely no reason to live up to any morals. No reason to be good. No reason to follow Christ.

    18. Ericdierker profile image59
      Ericdierkerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      This one is strange to me. I do not believe because I am afraid of hell. Really people do that?

    19. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Then what is the sense of warning unbelievers about hell?

    20. Ericdierker profile image59
      Ericdierkerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Got me there SOM. Do people really scare other people into believing in Love.

    21. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      How do you scare people into believing in love? Another thing, if someone worships God only to avoid going to hell, is he still saved?

    22. Ericdierker profile image59
      Ericdierkerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well SOM, your question would fit into my understanding of hell. No joy, no hope, no love, no faith.

    23. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Eric, that made no sense at all.

    24. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't understand the last bunch of comments. I don't think disbelief in Hell would lead people to disbelief in Christianity. Although it would create scriptural conflicts. Personally, I lean towards annihilationism but I am still researching.

    25. Disappearinghead profile image61
      Disappearingheadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      @caly. How does annihilation demonstrate a loving Father? Would you put someone to death for stealing a beer? Eye for an eye shows that punishment fits the crime. No Earthly crime or finite sin warrants annihilation.

    26. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The Bible does say eternal life to those who have faith in Jesus as Christ, and death to those who choose to be separated. I admit I like this position because of I find it easier to stomach than eternal suffering.As I said I am still researching.

    27. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Caly, does it not say that every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Christ is Lord? Or do you believe that after they do these things, they will then be destroyed?

    28. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.  Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. Cherries.

    29. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Christ was referring to the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the old covenant. The word eternal is not written in both hebrew or greek. Aionios means "age", not eternal or everlasting or what ever words you use.

    30. TerryK81 profile image60
      TerryK81posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      "Hell" is from the greek and translate "grave". What u say is not according to bible context. Genesis 3:19. How can u be dead and yet burn somewhere? Really. I dont want no "best answer" but read the bible and its translations

    31. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am aware that I did not give context, that is what I was referring to when I said cherries. I was making a point based upon previous conversations with SoM. I was purposely cherry picking to show that without context you can make any point you want

    32. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      well your attempt failed

    33. Ericdierker profile image59
      Ericdierkerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No it did not fail. It must have gone over your head SOM ;-)

    34. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Then prove it Eric

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Amen Caly. Amen.

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      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ah, the hell wishers gather like wolves ready for its prey. Bring it on.

    37. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Where is this combative, hostile attitude coming from? We are siblings in Christ, we may disagree with what the Bible says about Hell but we all believe in Christ. We should be able to have civil conversation with hostility and name calling.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Caly my friend, I have tried. He refuses?

    39. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It is the same hostile attitude Christ had for the Pharisees who he loved but still concidered them His enemies. As you three are my enemies as well. You also happen to be enemies of the cross, as your hell belief makes it a failure.

    40. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Live with it. I had to deal with hateful comments in the past by your ilk.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      SOM.... Christ may have had enemies, but in his heart he did not consider them so. He loved all. Forgive them Father; they know not what they do.

    42. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sword I feel that your approach to the topic has not been about learning, or sharing scriptural knowledge. It has been about being right, and about determining who agrees and who is against you. It needs to stop being about you.

    43. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      My approach is to free those from this pagan hell belief and to expose those determined to believe, endorse and defend this evil doctrine.

    44. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If that were true then you would not refuse to explain yourself when people ask. You would not delete opposing views. You would share your beliefs in love rather than judgement and hostility. I truly believe you need a heart check.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      SOM..... And those who disagree? I'm not the only one who's answers you delete. Why do this?

    46. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Let us get something straight. J is a pathedic hub stalker who knows full well that I dont want to hear his opinion. He is a hypocrite that started by deleting my posts a month ago, asked me not to post anymore and now he plays the victom. Pathedic!

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Those are completely false accusations and I have never commented on one single hub you have ever written SOM. Why must you tell these untruths? Why am I a hypocrite?

    48. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Is that comment loving or at all constructive? What should be done about your qualms with J? The Bible is clear about what we should do when issues come up with our brothers in Christ.

    49. Ericdierker profile image59
      Ericdierkerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sword man, you teach from logic about passion. Personally I agree with you but my churches and religions want this place called hell.
      How are we to deal with that?

    50. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I see who you have sided with caly. J believes in your foolishness and you his. There will come a day when more will walk away from your pagan beliefs. And know who God truly is.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      SOM... I do not feel as though I need to defend myself just because I disagree with you. My body of work on here and other's who have friended me on here know my character and it is very far from what you think. This name calling is just childish.

    52. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Confront them with their congregation and hold no punches back. Ask them the same questions I asked here in hubs and some will see the logic in them. When I call someone an enemy, it is not with the sword in hand, but with a cotton ball.

    53. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You are not hearing me. I am not siding with anybody. I am asking you to check the way you communicate. I do not think that anybody looking in would be able to tell you are a Christian from your recent comments.

    54. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I could care less what anyone thinks about me. And you can tell your friend J that he wastes his time writting, because I ignore all his posts..

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      SOM.... I will continue to pray for you. I have said enough.

    56. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If you could care less then that means you care to a degree. You should care. When so many of your siblings are telling you the same thing it should be something worth deeply considering and praying about.

    57. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Have you not read anything I have posted. I concider you the enemy of the cross and I dont take direction from my enemies. There is nothing you can say about hell that will change anything about my beliefs and the way I discuss with you.

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      JThomp42posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Enemies of the cross? WOW........

    59. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I am not talking to you about Hell right now Sword. I am talking about attitude, and love. Eph 4:29 and Col 4:6 are speaking to what I am trying to point out. We need to have a balance of truth and grace in our speech. The love should be obvious.

    60. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Caly, it does not matter what you or your friend J do. I will always question the stupidy of the belief of eternal torture. Hopefully someone with common sense will wake up and see the lodgic in all the questions I ask. I have hundreds more.

    61. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I no longer care what your beliefs on Hell are. I do not even have a solid understanding of Hell myself, I am still researching. What I care about is following the commandments of our Lord. Love people. Where is that love? That love is more important

    62. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You assume way too much caly

  9. TerryK81 profile image60
    TerryK81posted 8 years ago

    My underdstanding of hell based upon the bible is this. Firstly, "sheol" is found in the bible 65 times; it is translated "the pit", 3 times, "the grave" 31 times, and "hell" 31 times. "Hades" is used 11 times, being rendered as "hell" 10 times, and "grave" once. Due to the apparent misunderstanding and translations of these words in the bible, there has been huge confusion about what "hell" and "grave" are. Hell being a place of eternal infernal torture was invented by the Catholic church, as in the days of it's "invention" was what the church considered "heretics", or those who defy the church's authority and challenge their "beliefs" as to the fact of them not being biblical at all whatsoever. We should first give our attention to the greek word "gehenna" which is always translated "hell" and used in reference to the lake of fire. It is found in Matthew 5:22,29,30, Matthew 10:28, Matthew 18:9, Matthew 23:15,33, Mark 9:43,45,47 , Luke 12:5 and James 3:6.
    Also, before going further, let's notice a very simple, yet obviously easily overlooked truth: "Then death and hades (the grave) were cast into the lake of fire, which is the second DEATH". (Revelation 20:14). Death: it sucks, but it is a state of total obliviousness and unconsciousness (see Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, Genesis 3:19). **I did a hub about death and hell, check it out. it's all bible based complete with every verse I could find**. Hell, or as translated "death,grave" was originally prepared for satan and his band of fallen angels (Matthew 25:41) While there is NOBODY in any burning hell at this time, or any purgatory, some still refuse to believe that is true; But plain bible scripture is right there to prove you otherwise. Afterall, how could you be dead yet "alive" to burn in hell at the same time? You would have to be alive to feel and experience the pain of "soul and body" in hell.  "For as the body without the spirit (soul) is dead., so faith without works is dead also." (James 2:26). Bingo! According to the infallible Word of God, neither soul (spirit) nor body are alive without the other; Therefore, the lie that certain ministers preach from the pulpit that the dearly departed are in eternal bliss or eternal torment is absolute horse-poo. punish-MENT; tor-MENT...the "-ment" is defined as thus: "the RESULT of what is denoted by the verb" (Wiktionary). But, this is the clear understanding as given by the bible. I believe it because God said it.

    1. celafoe profile image59
      celafoeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      you were sounding good until i got to the part where you injected the false story of satan being a fallen agel.  so i cant read past the error

    2. TerryK81 profile image60
      TerryK81posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Satan is a fallen angel; he chose to rebel in heaven. And i DO NOT CARE if you believe me-- its GOD u should believe.

    3. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I have to agree with celafoe

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    Ronald Bristonposted 8 years ago

    Nobody knows their fate after they are gone, we can only live on faith while we are still here. Hell is not a place to be depicted, in fact there's actually 9 levels of hell that are categorized as followed: Limbo, the lustful, the gluttonous, the hoarders and the spendthrifts, The Wrathful, The Heretics, The Violent, The Malabolgia (fraud), and the Traitors. Outside of this there is a more complex view of hell in my opinion, one that we all can bare witness too. Hell, and i hate to say this, is actually on earth. This is the devils land and God is the ruler of the heavens. Yes, God created earth which makes him king, but when Lucifer was cast out of the heavens he became prince of the land we call earth. OK with that being said lets think about the issues that influences this thought. Through out history there has been a battle of good and evil, ever since Adam and Eve. If we travel through our history we can note that there has been tons of blood spilt on the land we call earth. Majority of it is because of religion, ranging from World Wars, Hitler, Rome, Africa, Iraq, Japan, etc. some in fact has left a dent of mass murders in our history. Now, with that said, lets think about the actions of that people do in the dark, in reference to the killing of kids, gangs, rapist, molestation, suicides, and the list goes on. Just a brief 1% evaluation of hell on earth, so why should we worry about hell after death, when we wake up everyday to more devilish movements. Back to my earlier discussion about satin being the prince of the earth. Satin moves and travels through different people that are weak, manipulating them into his workers. Now, lets look at our earth, Satin shows us a pretty picture doesn't he. People who drive fancy cars, have lots of money, riches all the stuff we see on TV is to misguide us from our true purpose and that is to follow the rules that God has giving to us. Now its OK to be successful in the lords name because we all know we live in a world that Money is the key to survival, but don't take your focus off of him because he makes everything possible. Satin doesn't want God to get credit for nothing in fact he thinks he is more powerful than the, so what he does is try and make it look like heaven on earth, that everything we want and need is here. This way of trickery like the joker in batman causes us to get comfortable with worldly objects and forget who we are supposed to be worshiping. Therefore, adding to the population in hell.

    1. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You have been watching dante's inferno way too much.

    2. TerryK81 profile image60
      TerryK81posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      there is no hell right now; "hell" is "grave' in greek; there are not 9 levels; dante's inferno is a rip-off of god of war.

    3. celafoe profile image59
      celafoeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      nice story if like stories rather than scriptural truth

  11. celafoe profile image59
    celafoeposted 8 years ago

    according to scripture   hell is the place of the departed dead --
    The lake of fire is different and the devil and all his angels and those who belong to him will be cast into it on the great day of judgement
    sheol and hades = hell
    gehenna = lake of fire

  12. yankeeintexas profile image60
    yankeeintexasposted 8 years ago

    As I read the Bible the message that I get of Hell is that is was origionally created for Satan, and his angels due to their rebelion. But, when man sinned in the Garden of Eden that sin could not enter into Heaven which is why Jesus had to die on the cross. When we choose to reject sin, and except Christ, that sin is washed away and we can then enter into Heaven!

    1. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So God in His infinite wisdom did not forsee that most of mankind would also end up there?

      God- I will make a hell for  my fallen angels.
      Adam sins
      God- now I have to throw most of my children there too.
      God- Why didnt I see that coming?

  13. manatita44 profile image84
    manatita44posted 8 years ago

    Cosmic law will punish us for our wrong actions. Actually we are working out some of them right now. This is tied up with destiny or fate. When we leave here we will have to experience some 'states of consciousness' for some time prior to going into the Soul's region. All souls eventually go to the soul region.

    Heaven and hell are states of consciousness. A good action imitates heaven, a bad action imitates hell. Hell can be said to be lots of bad actions or accumulated bad actions. Ultimately, everyone goes to God, after having experienced the consequences of his her actions in equal measure.

    1. aCHANCELifeLOR profile image60
      aCHANCELifeLORposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      ok?

  14. mizwoody profile image59
    mizwoodyposted 8 years ago

    God did not create hell the church de to scare people in being good. God only left the possibility open for it. And one must believe in hell to go there.

    1. SwordofManticorE profile image77
      SwordofManticorEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well said.

 
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