Did you know that the word “hell” as we today picture the meaning of it in our minds as we’ve been indoctrinated to believe it is some place with fire and brimstone for the eternal punishment of unbelieving sinners – is NOT IN THE BIBLE – ANYWHERE! A word meaning such a thing didn’t even exist in biblical times!
Even in the early etymology of the word hell when the word was used in the King James Version Bible the meaning didn’t fit the above scenario or anything like that! The word hell meant a hidden, covering, covered over or unseen place – THAT’S ALL! We get our word helmet and heel from the same source. They spoke of finding a place to hell (hide) or hell their potatoes for winter (cover them over) At the printing of the 1611 KJV it was actually a pretty good translation of the original Greek at the time.
The word came to mean what it does today from the imagination of ignorant preachers blasting their heated sermons from pulpits over the centuries. Although they can’t be held completely to blame. Their indoctrination came from an evil religious educational system instituted long before them for the purpose of instilling fear in the hearts of the common people. There are actually four Greek words translated as hell and none of them mean a place of fiery eternal torment. To keep this short I won’t go into detail but the word Jesus mostly used meant a garbage dump. (Gehenna)
The Scholars and Bible Translators Know
Actually many of the newer translators are working on changing this slowly as mainly church-goers can accept it; the world has been ready for it a long time… If you will notice many of the newer translations put the actual Greek word in a marginal note in the New Testament and have completely removed it from the Old Testament! Praise God!
Do some serious study and check me out. I could go into this in great depth here and have before in other essays, many of them. Although I think rather than me spoon feeding you and your not being sure what I’m feeding you; I think it would do you much more good seeing these facts from the scholars works, dictionaries, word studies and such with your own eyes. This will take some serious effort on your part if you really want to know the truth you’re going to have to dig, read, study, think; your effort will be greatly rewarded with the peace that only comes by knowing the truth. There are many good biblical word study tools and dictionaries free online. Just go to one of these online bible study tools; Lumina is one, blue letter bible is one and Biblia is a good one; there are many other good ones. Just go to your favorite hell verse click on the word hell and read the dictionaries, commentaries and such. Search the word hell and look at it in many passages to get a full idea of the topic in it’s original intent. You will find conflicting views and don’t believe everything a commentary says especially if it doesn’t seem to be agreeing with what you saw it meant in the original language dictionary. I think you will find some GOOD NEWS!
Dennis D Caldwell