biblestudy: Disproving Hell
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 15-Nov-14; Sermon #BS-111514; 58 minutes
Most of mainline Protestant and Catholic theology is hopelessly immersed in the pagan concept of hell reinforced by Dante's Inferno. The Hebrew word sheol simply means a pit or a hole where dead bodies are placed. Errant connotations evolved from this, including a void and a haunting, mysterious place, influenced by Greek myths of Hades. Realistically, when a body goes to sheol, it corrupts and is broken down by bacteria. Often, translators render the Hebrew word sheol (the pit) into the English word hell (connoting flames and pitchforks). Jonah referred to the belly of the fish as sheol. In the Greek language, Hades is equivalent to the Hebrew word sheol, without any reference to flames or torment. When Christ went into the tomb, He was in Hades, the storage place of the dead. Hades and death are equivalent terms. The term tartaroo refers to a place or condition of restraint for fallen angels or demons, not humans. The Bottomless Pit was reserved for Satan, symbolized as a fiery dragon. The term Gehenna (of Hinnom), referring to the valley of the sons of Hinnom, was actually a place of refuse, at one time used for child sacrifice. It was consecrated by God as a burial ground, and later the city dump of Jerusalem, with a fire burning the trash. Jesus used this venue as a symbol of the Lake of Fire—eternal Judgment (where the trash and garbage are burned up.) When one dies, the body decomposes and consciousness ceases; the spirit (the record of our life experiences) goes to God for safe keeping. When Christ returns, He will resurrect those who have believed and eventually all either to life or condemnation (depicted in Malachi 4:1-3). The soul is not immortal; the soul that sins shall die; the wages of sin is death. The gift of God is eternal life for those called by God.
Hell, Gehenna, fire, Tartarus, Tartaroo, Tartaros, pit, grave, death, resurrection, Heaven, Acts 2:16, 27, 29, 31 Beast Breath of life Bottomless pit Chains of darkness Condition of restraint Corruption Crack in the earth David did not ascend into the Heavens Dead know nothing Death Decomposition 'Doctrine' of the immortality of the soul Ecclesiastes 3:19-20; 9:5; 12:7 Ezekiel 18:4; 37 End of death I Thessalonians 5:4 Gehenna, symbol of Divine judgment Genesis 2:16, 3:19 Hades Hebrews 9:27 Heaven & Hell- Facing The Realities Hell Hole Jeremiah 7:28-34 John 5:24-27 Jonah 2:2-6 Korah Lake of fire Lexical arguments Malachi 4:1-3 Matthew 5:11; 10:28 Meek shall inherit the earth Messianic Psalm Numbers 16:30 Perdition Pit Place of restraint Prophetic arguments Proverbs 5:5 Psalm 16:8-11; 30:3; 46:4; 55:15 Revelation 1:18; 6:8; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1-2, 13-14 Reward of the saved Romans 6:23 Second death II Peter 2:4 Spirit of man Tartarou Tartarus Theological arguments Tree of the knowledge of good or evil Zion's Fire Magazine Articles
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