HELL / PART 10
-The English word “hell” is to be found 54 times in the original “Authorized Version”
of the King James Bible. This one English word is used to represent four different words in the original languages
of the Bible. The one Hebrew word is “Sheol”, and the three Greek words are “Hades”, “Gehenna”,
and “Tartaroo”. After an in-depth study on each one of these words, we have discovered that none of these words
support the idea of the modern day teaching of an endless “hell of torture”. After studying the origin of the
English word “hell”, we found it to mean: a hidden place, or to hide. This meaning is in no way harmonious with
the present day meaning that it has grown into. We must see that the “hell” preached by Evangelical Christianity
IS NOT THE "HELL" THAT THE BIBLE TEACHES.
According to J. W. Hanson:
-"Canon Farrar truthfully says, in his "Eternal Hope": "And, finally, the word rendered "hell" is in one place
the Greek word 'Tartarus,' borrowed as a word for the prison of evil spirits not after but before the resurrection. It is
in ten places 'Hades,' which simply means the world beyond the grave, and it is twelve places 'Gehenna,' which means primarily,
the "Valley of Hinnom" outside of Jerusalem in which after it had been polluted by Moloch worship, corpses were flung and
fires were lit; and, secondly, it is a metaphor not of final and hopeless but of that purifying and corrective punishment
which as we all believe does await impenitent sin both here and beyond the grave. But be it solemnly observed, the Jews to
whom and in whose metaphorical sense the word was used by our blessed Lord, never did, either then or at any other period
attach to that word 'Gehenna,' which He used, that meaning of endless torment which we have been taught to apply to "hell".
To them and therefore on the lips of our blessed Savior Who addressed it to them, it means not a material and everlasting
fire, but an intermediate, a metaphorical and a terminal retribution." ( The Bible Hell, J. W. Hanson )
-After evaluating the FACTS, we can now see that “Sheol”, “Hades”, and “Tartaroo”
speak of literal death ( the grave ) or the consequences of sin, and “Gehenna” was the city dump used in a metaphoric
way by our Lord to explain the consuming fire of God.
-O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? O "HELL" ( "HADES" ), WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?-