Is hell real?
I don't think anyone can do something so wrong or be such a bad person to the point where its fair to put them through ETERNAL suffering. I know its all a mystery and theres no yes or no answer but why is hell even a thing if god is love and peace. Did hes say anything about hell?
- 6 years agoFavorite Answer
There are a lot of myths out there about Hell, and here is an article that discusses what Hell really is:
What Really Is Hell?
WHATEVER image the word “hell” brings to your mind, hell is generally thought of as a place of punishment for sin. Concerning sin and its effect, the Bible says: “Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned.” (Romans 5:12) The Scriptures also state: “The wages sin pays is death.” (Romans 6:23) Since the punishment for sin is death, the fundamental question in determining the true nature of hell is: What happens to us when we die?
Does life of some kind, in some form, continue after death? What is hell, and what kind of people go there? Is there any hope for those in hell? The Bible gives truthful and satisfying answers to these questions.
Life After Death?
Does something inside us, like a soul or a spirit, survive the death of the body? Consider how the first man, Adam, came to have life. The Bible states: “Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life.” (Genesis 2:7) Though breathing sustained his life, putting “the breath of life” into his nostrils involved much more than simply blowing air into his lungs. It meant that God put into Adam’s lifeless body the spark of life—“the force of life,” which is active in all earthly creatures. (Genesis 6:17; 7:22) The Bible refers to this animating force as “spirit.” (James 2:26) That spirit can be compared to the electric current that activates a machine or an appliance and enables it to perform its function. Just as the current never takes on the features of the equipment it activates, the life-force does not take on any of the characteristics of the creatures it animates. It has no personality and no thinking ability.
What happens to the spirit when a person dies? Psalm 146:4 says: “His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.” When a person dies, his impersonal spirit does not go on existing in another realm as a spirit creature. It “returns to the true God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:7) This means that any hope of future life for that person now rests entirely with God.
The ancient Greek philosophers Socrates and Plato held that a soul inside a person survives death and never dies. What does the Bible teach about the soul? Adam “came to be a living soul,” says Genesis 2:7. He did not receive a soul; he was a soul—a whole person. The Scriptures speak of a soul’s doing work, craving food, being kidnapped, experiencing sleeplessness, and so forth. (Leviticus 23:30; Deuteronomy 12:20; 24:7; Psalm 119:28) Yes, man himself is a soul. When a person dies, that soul dies.—Ezekiel 18:4.
What, then, is the condition of the dead? When pronouncing sentence upon Adam, Jehovah stated: “Dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) Where was Adam before God formed him from the dust of the ground and gave him life? Why, he simply did not exist! When he died, Adam returned to that state of complete absence of life. The condition of the dead is made clear at Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10, where we read: “The dead know nothing . . . In the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (New International Version) Scripturally, death is a state of nonexistence. The dead have no awareness, no feelings, no thoughts.
Unending Torment or Common Grave?
Since the dead have no conscious existence, hell cannot be a fiery place of torment where the wicked suffer after death. What, then, is hell? Examining what happened to Jesus after he died helps to answer that question. The Bible writer Luke recounts: “Neither was [Jesus] forsaken in Hades [hell, King James Version] nor did his flesh see corruption.” (Acts 2:31) Where was the hell to which even Jesus went? The apostle Paul wrote: “I handed on to you . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, yes, that he has been raised up the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) So Jesus was in hell, the grave, but he was not abandoned there, for he was raised up, or resurrected.
Consider also the case of the righteous man Job, who suffered much. Wishing to escape his plight, he pleaded: “Who will grant me this, that thou mayest protect me in hell [Sheol], and hide me till thy wrath pass?” (Job 14:13, Douay Version) How unreasonable to think that Job desired to go to a fiery-hot place for protection! To Job, “hell” was simply the grave, where his suffering would end. The Bible hell, then, is the common grave of mankind where good people as well as bad ones go.
Could it be that the fire of hell is symbolic of all-consuming, or thorough, destruction? Separating fire from Hades, or hell, the Scriptures say: “Death and Hades were hurled into the lake of fire.” “The lake” mentioned here is symbolic, since death and hell (Hades) that are thrown into it cannot literally be burned. “This [lake of fire] means the second death”—death from which there is no hope of coming back to life.—Revelation 20:14.
The lake of fire has a meaning similar to that of “the fiery Gehenna [hell fire, King James Version]” that Jesus spoke of. (Matthew 5:22; Mark 9:47, 48) Gehenna occurs 12 times in the Christian Greek Scriptures, and it refers to the valley of Hinnom, outside the walls of Jerusalem. When Jesus was on earth, this valley was used as a garbage dump, “where the dead bodies of criminals, and the carcasses of animals, and every other kind of filth was cast.” (Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible) The fires were kept burning by adding sulfur to burn up the refuse. Jesus used that valley as a proper symbol of everlasting destruction.
As does Gehenna, the lake of fire symbolizes eternal destruction. Death and Hades are “hurled into” it in that they will be done away with when mankind is freed from sin and the condemnation of death. Willful, unrepentant sinners will also have their “portion” in that lake. (Revelation 21:8) They too will be annihilated forever. On the other hand, those in God’s memory who are in hell—the common grave of mankind—have a marvelous future.
Revelation 20:13 states: “The sea gave up those dead in it, and death and Hades gave up those dead in them.” Yes, the Bible hell will be emptied. As Jesus promised, “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear [Jesus’] voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29) Although no longer presently existing in any form, millions of dead ones who are in Jehovah God’s memory will be resurrected, or brought back to life, in a restored earthly paradise.—Luke 23:43; Acts 24:15.
In the new world of God’s making, resurrected humans who comply with his righteous laws will never need to die again. (Isaiah 25:8) Jehovah “will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” In fact, “the former things [will] have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) What a blessing is in store for those in hell—“the memorial tombs”! This blessing indeed is reason enough for us to take in more knowledge of Jehovah God and his Son, Jesus Christ.—John 17:3.
In the King James Version, the Greek word Hades is rendered “hell” in each of its ten occurrences in the Christian Greek Scriptures. The rendering at Luke 16:19-31 mentions torment, but the entire account is symbolic in meaning. See chapter 88 of The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, published by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Hebrew word Sheol occurs 65 times in the Hebrew Scriptures and is rendered “hell,” “grave,” and “pit” in the King James Version.Source(s): The Watchtower 7/15/02
- Anonymous6 years ago
Yes. Also, there is nothing morally wrong for a Judge to sentence people for the crimes they have commited. God takes this role in the Final Judgment because that Judgment is sealed for all time. There will be no repentance after you have been convicted of being guilty for hating God after the final Judgment. There will be no parole for good behavior. If you are not sorry to the government, God being that in the final Judgment, there is no help for you. This is not unfair because this is apparently as you wanted it.
- Adullah MLv 76 years ago
Yes it is real ,GOD create hell for the hell dwellers whom satan is the head of them all who follow him to remain therein forever.
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- MelodyLv 56 years ago
Your opinion cannot hold against the truth that God has clearly told us in the word of God. What God said is absolutely true. He cannot lie. The truth is in the New Testament. Read the book of John to get acquainted with who Jesus is. Study what Jesus said. He was emphatic about our need to get close to the Lord and follow him or we would be in trouble. Jesus is everything the Bible says he is.
Read Psalm 1 and John 1 again, and John 10. He said if you continue in the word, you are his disciple. The truth will set you free from the lies of Satan.
- HorsenseLv 76 years ago
The concept of 'eternal torment in hellfire' is NOWHERE taught in God's Word!
There is symbolic talk about the future of the incorrigibly wicked, being tossed into 'the lake of fire' . . . However, also going into that 'lake' is *adamic death* (death due to imperfection), as well as *the common grave of all mankind.* This makes it pretty obvious that it is NOT a place of suffering, for three very good reasons:
1. Adamic death and the common grave of mankind are not capable of committing sin, let alone suffering for it;
2. The Bible states that adamic death will *end* forever
("... Death will be *no more*..."---Revelation 21:4)
3. "The 'lake of fire' means the *SECOND* death," (Rev. 20:14), which means that it is PERMANENT.
Notice what else God's Word itself has to say regarding the future for such ones:
"Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be *NO* more." (Psalm 37:10a)
"These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of *EVERLASTING* destruction" (2 Th. 1:9a)
“The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of *nothing* at all." (Ec. 9:5a)
"The *FUTURE* of wicked people will be CUT OFF." (Psalm 37:38b)
Our Grand Creator Jehovah God does NOT keep wicked ones alive for ANY reason.
That would be a totally unreasonable waste of his energy, as well as being against his will.
He is NOT evil nor twisted.
Notice now the original definition of 'hell' when it was first used in any Bible:
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, unabridged, under “Hell” says:
“from . . . helan to conceal.”
In other words, the word “hell” originally conveyed no thought of heat, nor torment, but simply of a ‘covered over or concealed place.’
In the old English dialect the expression “helling potatoes” meant simply to place the potatoes in the ground or in a cellar . . . not to roast them!
No . . . The concept of 'eternal torment' is one of *pagan* origins . . . and is *totally foreign* to God's Word!
You can read more about this online, in:
"Reasoning on the Scriptures"
"What Did Jesus Teach About Hell?"
- РобертLv 76 years ago
YES, Hell is a very real hole in the ground where we bury dead people.
YES, Hell is nothing more that the common GRAVE, and there is NO torture there.
What you believe is what the Roman Catholic Church has led you to believe -
They adopted Dante's Inferno into their doctrine (and the whole world wondered after the beast)
There is nothing in the Bible doctrine that teaches a fiery, tormenting place of punishment referred to as HELL.
- 6 years ago
You don't have the mind of a creator. He sent his son to die for this piece of **** place..
Hell, if my child was sacrificed for humanity only for it to be deemed a fake later, id burn their assea too. Making me go thru all that pain and ****.
- 6 years ago
Why do we believe in eternal suffering? No such belief is found among the Jews before Christ. No such belief is found among all of Paul's writings. The early Christians did not believe in eternal suffering. When St. Augustine began to preach his doctrine of eternal punishment, his own writings show that many in the Church lashed out against him! If one takes a truly objective view of scripture, I believe they will find that the scriptural evidence for eternal suffering very weak.
The view of eternal hell also fails logical tests against the God depicted in the Bible. God's justice demands that sin and wickedness be destroyed. Allowing people to remain in sin for eternity certainly does not depict perfect justice. God's love is said to be the strongest force in the universe. Sin and death hold no power against it. Yet we are to believe that man's arrogance is more powerful, so as to separate himself from God's love for eternity. God is all-knowing, he knew everyone before they were born. God is also all-good. Yet, a god that creates a man who he knows will suffer eternally does not seem all-good.
What force is acting on a man that God cannot overcome? Can God not overcome man's ignorance, or is it man's pride that prevents God from reaching man? For we only come to God because he calls us, reaches out to us.
We never asked God to be created, nor did we ask to be given free will. These are things that God decided for us that, if some are to suffer eternally, is a curse. If our free will brings us to God, it is a blessing, for we make the choice to be with Him. But if our free will makes anyone suffer eternally, then that man is cursed by God, for God gave him that which would cause him to suffer forever.
The more you get into it, the more you realize that hell (the way we view hell today) is a creation of man that causes man not to trust in God. How can man fully trust a God whose plan fails for some of his creation?