Do You Believe in Hell?
Do, I believe in hell?—yes
There are 4 words that are translated “hell”
Sheol and Hades which are basically the same thing. Sheol comes up 65 times and Hades 11. They are also translated pit and grave and so we see the meaning of those two words.
Gen 44:29 (Jacob) And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave [sheol].
Num 16:33 (Korah) They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit [sheol], and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
Psa 16:10 (Jesus) For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell [sheol]; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Luk 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell [hades].
Rev 20:14 And death and hell [hades] were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave [hades], where is thy victory?
If sheol and hades are anything other than the grave—please provide scriptural proof to support your position.
Gehenna is used 11 times and has with it the significance of “fire” It is an idiom for the Valley of Hinnom—the place outside Jerusalem where they burned the garbage. (See Strongs Concordance)
In this scripture we see the destruction of the soul along with the body—which is what God does to those who prove unfaithful.
Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [Gehenna].
Mat 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell [Gehenna] fire.
Jas 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell [Gehenna].
There is one more word translated hell, and it is used only once.
Tartaroo—it is a verb for the whole phrase “cast down to hell” is what is translated from tartaroo. This is where the fallen angels are kept only.
2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
If you don’t agree with any of my conclusions, I would love to hear your scriptural reasons for disagreeing.