BIBLE HELL?

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Almost all religions in the world, including the Christian denominations, teach and believe the concept of man having a Soul that does not die at death but moves on in another form.  This doctrine of the immortality of the soul raises the questions:  Where do souls come from?  Where do souls go after death?  What happens to the souls of the wicked?  When Christians adopted the doctrine of the immortal soul, it also led to accepting the teaching of hellfire.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994 edition, page 270 says:
“The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’  The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God.”

A study of the Bible on the immortal soul is covered in 
APPENDIX  37  IMMORTAL SOUL..   It  lays out the evidence found in the Bible on the soul.  The following information deals with the subject of 'Hell' from the Christian view using mainly the bible as its authority.

Wikipedia, says that the Old Testament Hebrew word "Sheol",  and the New Testament Greek word "Hades",  are both translated as "Hell" in most English-language Bibles.

"Many modern versions, such as the New International Version, translate Sheol as "grave" and simply transliterate "Hades".  It is generally agreed that both Sheol and Hades do not typically refer to the place of eternal punishment, but to the grave".

The condition of mankind while in the grave, carries the Bible understanding of  'soul sleep',  while waiting on a resurrection, see
APPENDIX  37  IMMORTAL SOUL .

"Gehenna" is translated as either "Hell" or "Hell fire" in many English versions.  Gehenna was a physical location outside the city walls where they burned garbage and where lepers and outcasts were sent, hence the weeping and gnashing of teeth.  It was not intended to be a literal description of hell or the afterlife.

Gehenna, in the Bible, refers to the condition of absolute death or destruction with no prospect of any resurrection.


The Old Testament describes the dead as going to sheol, translated into English as “hell,” “pit” or “grave.”  Ecclesiastes 9:5-6,10 describes sheol as a place of unconsciousness:  “For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.   Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished … for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol,   to which you are going”.   King David laments that death extinguishes a relationship with God.  “For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?” (Psalms 6:5).


Hell, in the Biblical sense, is simply the common grave of mankind, where all activity has ceased.  Death being the punishment for sin, Adamic and personal.  Once a person has suffered death he has paid the penalty for these sins and is acquitted of them.  "For the one who has died has been acquitted from his sin" Romans 6:7No extra ongoing punishment of  Hell fire!


THE APOSTLES TAUGHT "SOUL SLEEP".

Like the Hebrew nephesh, the Greek equivalent psuche refers to humans and  animals as “souls”.  Jesus at Matthew 10:28 declared that God can destroy man’s psuche, or “soul”.  The apostle Paul describes death as “sleep” :

"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus" 1 Thessalonians 4:14.

"Who died for us, that whether we be wake or sleep, we should live together with Him" 1 Thessalonians 5:10.

"Jesus who died for us, so that we can live together with him, whether we are ·alive [awake ] or ·dead [asleep ] when he comes" 1 Thessalonians 5:10 EXB.


They 'sleep' in death, in which there is no recognition of time, until they receive their resurrection back to life.  Jesus confirmed that all mankind, including the bad who have died and so acquitted of their inherited and personal sin, would receive a second chance resurrection.  "I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked" Acts 24:15 (NIV)Whether dead in 'soul sleep', unconscious for a year or 100 years or 1,000 years, at resurrection, they return to consciousness with no recollection of time passed, time ceases to exist in the unconscious state.  Soul sleep, a period from death until the day of resurrection, is timeless and the same for all.  No extra ongoing punishment of Hell fire here!


ORIGIN OF IMMORTAL SOUL AND HELL FIRE TEACHING.


After providing the first human couple a pristine perfect environment, God placed on them a reasonable test,  which required them to make a choice. Either accept Him as their ruler and standard setter or reject Him in favour of  determining their own independent standards. A bench mark test was employed   "God also gave this command to the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction.  But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17.

This issue drew a certain spirit son of God who contradicted what Yhwh had said,  “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” the woman said: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’”  At this the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die. For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.” Genesis 3:1-5.  This slanderer directly contradicted what God had said, in fact calling God a liar.  It was the original lie “You certainly will not die, you will become like God" that created the erroneous universal belief that after death humans have immortal souls and do not really die, but become spirit creatures like gods. And from this, the doctrine of Hell fire! See  ORIGINAL SIN  .

By teaching the immortality of the human soul, the Churches are, in reality, teaching the same lie as Satan, in complete contradiction to the truth of a loving God. And certainly in direct opposition to Bible teachings.


THE ANSWER TO DEATH

The Bible informs us that God promises all mankind, the good and the bad, a resurrection after they have paid the penalty for sin at their death.  All records of a person's DNA, their memories, personality, characteristics, etc, are recorded in the memory banks of God at death, and can and will all be returned in a new body at resurrection.


IMMORTAL SOUL

BIBLE TRINITY

REVEALING THE SONS OF GOD


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