To Hell and Back
This is a hard topic but seems to me comes down to translations of certain Hebrew- Greek words….eg The Hebrew word “Sheol,” seems to be incorrectly translated as “hell” in the King James Version of the Bible, and actually means “the grave,” not “hell” as we think of it today. Then the lake of fire which is the second death seems to imply total destruction not eternal punishment. It also implies that Death and Satan/fallen angels get thrown in their…but not people? A few verses that support this notion are:
All flesh shall see the salvation of God. (Luke3:6)
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. (Isaiah. 25: 8)
When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself. (John 12:32)
I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:38-39)
For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. (1 Cor. 15:21-22).
Hence my pondering about hell. Did it arrive in the bible translations later due to Constantine or Greek notion of eternal hell. What did the first church believe about hell? Finally the Bible tells us human beings to love and forgive our enemies….I pose the question can God do any thing less? The Bible also tells us to not let the sun go down on our anger— so how can God hold wrath forever ? Is not Christ the essence of Love and wanted all to be reconciled to God because God is love. So where is their room for hell as it applies to humans? Im not a follower of universalism by the way but I do have a lot of questions and I do believe the mists of time have clouded and influenced some of the writings in the current translations of the bible.