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Hell euphemisms & the ambiguous Hell

Posted 06-17-2022 at 11:19 AM by legoman
Updated 06-26-2022 at 01:56 PM by legoman

You see this problem quite often where 'hell' believers take any number of words and assume them to mean a place of endless punishment in fire.


'hell' = dante's inferno, conscious torment in fire
'fire' = hell
'lake of fire' = hell
'death' = you are going to hell
'grave' = you are in hell
'judgment' = sent to hell
'condemn' = sent to hell
'wrath' = sent to hell
'sin' = you deserve hell
'justice' = you deserve hell
'holiness' = God must send you to hell
'love' = but He still sends you to hell
'truth' = you are destined for hell

With this lens, you literally read 'hell' everywhere in the bible. This is a very juvenile and barbaric understanding, and you are missing out on the real meaning of many scriptures if you don't progress beyond this.

The word 'hell' in the bible

- its not eternal

In the Old Testament:

Sheol is translated 'grave' 31 times.
Sheol is translated 'hell' 31 times.
Sheol is translated 'pit' 3 times.

Actual meaning is 'cover' as in 'grave' or figuratively speaking of the grave.

In the new testament:

'hell' is translated from hades -> meaning grave.
'hell' is translated from Gehenna -> referring to the Valley of Hinnom. Used as a figurative image of judgment where it's better to 'cut out your own eye' (spiritually) than go there and have it done for you.

Lazarus and the Rich Man is a parable:

Rich man = Judah (representing the head of Israel)
Clothed in purple = royalty, priesthood, God's chosen
Beggar & dogs = Gentiles
Crumbs = Gentiles got the leftovers
Bosom = comfort by Abraham
torments = BASANO = testing for purity
Good things in life = Jews were the chosen people, but now the gentiles can come in
Great gulf = partial hardening of Israel, the veil of the old testament
5 brothers = Judah's 5 brothers

Israel did not believe Moses and the prophets, even though Jesus rose from the dead.
God has blinded Israel unto disobedience, just like all were blinded, so that God could have mercy on all.

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