Before you can really understand the doctrine of hell, you must first understand some things concerning God’s people (The Israelites) who were under captivity of the Egyptians for about 400 years. During this time, they were introduced to many of the pagan gods in Egyptian mythology. This is where the origin of the hell doctrine started.
In Egyptian mythology, Duat (pronounced “do-aht”) (also Tuat and Tuaut or Akert, Amenthes, Amenti, or Neter-khertet) is the realm of the dead. The Duat is the realm of the god Osiris and the residence of other gods and supernatural beings. It also was the place where people’s souls went after death for judgement, though that was not the full extent of the afterlife. The geography of Duat is similar in outline to the world the Egyptians knew. There are realistic features like rivers, islands, fields, lakes, mounds and caverns, along with fantastic lakes of fire, walls of iron and trees of turquoise. In the Book of Two Ways, one of the Coffin Texts, there is even a map-like image of the Duat. The dead person must pass a series of gates guarded by dangerous spirits, depicted as human bodies with grotesque heads of animals, insects, torches or knives. These beings have equally grotesque names, for instance “Blood-drinker who comes from the Slaughterhouse” or “One who eats the excrement of his hindquarters”. Other features emphasized in these texts are mounds and caverns, inhabited by gods or supernatural animals, which threatened the spirits of the dead. The purpose of the books is not to lay out geography, but to describe a succession of rites of passage which the dead would have to pass to reach the afterlife. If the deceased successfully passed these unpleasant demons, he or she would reach the Weighing of the Heart. In this ritual, the heart of the deceased was weighed by Anubis, using a feather, representing Ma’at, the goddess of truth and justice. The heart would become out of balance because of failure to follow Ma’at and any hearts heavier or lighter than her feather were rejected and eaten by the Ammit, the Devourer of Souls. Those souls that passed the test would be allowed to travel toward the paradise of Aaru.
In spite of the unpleasant inhabitants of the Duat, this was no hell to which souls were condemned; the nature of Duat is more complex than that. The grotesque spirits of the underworld were not evil, but under the control of the Gods. The Duat was also a residence of gods themselves; as well as Osiris, Anubis, Thoth, Horus, Hathor and Ma’at all appear as a dead soul makes its way toward judgement. It was also in the underworld that the sun, Ra, travelled under the Earth from west to east and was transformed from its aged Atum form into Khepri, the new dawning Sun. Just as a dead person faced many challenges in the Duat, Ra faced attack in the underworld from the evil serpent Apep.
It should be easy enough to see that all of this stuff you just read comes from ancient mythology. A myth is a false story otherwise known as a fable. None of this stuff is truth. It is no more true than the Loch Ness Monster of the Scottish Highlands. There were many other pagan beliefs that crept in to the minds of God’s people including man having an immortal soul, belief in reincarnation, and the afterlife. Many people today still believe these things that have their origin from ancient pagan belief systems. Over the centuries, new ideologies were formed to create this modern view of hell more specific, eternal punishment. The sad truth is that these pagan ideas have no origin in the holy scriptures. If you choose to continue believing this garbage, you are simply putting your faith in lies and the bible teaches us that the devil is the father of lies.
John 8:44 YE ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. WHEN HE SPEAKETH A LIE, HE SPEAKETH OF HIS OWN: FOR HE IS A LIAR, AND THE FATHER OF IT. [So let me ask you this – who is your daddy?]
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, hell– is defined as the realm of the devil and the demons in which the damned suffer everlasting punishment; a place or state of misery, torment, or wickedness.
Does this definition not sound like some fabricated garbage similar to the beliefs of the Egyptians? Where do you think Merriam Webster got this definition from in the first place?
The word “hell” isn’t and never was a biblical word. The actual word “hell” never came out of the mouth of Jesus Christ. Hell was translated from the Hebrew word, “shĕ’owl” (31 times) and the Greek word(s) “hadēs” (10 times), “geenna” (12 times), and “tartaroō” (1 time). The King James Version is the only English translation in modern use to translate shĕ’owl, hadēs, geenna, and tartaroō as hell. This fact alone should tell you that something is just not right about this word.
If the King James translators made translation mistakes, how did this happen? The first thing that you need to understand is that the King James translators were not inspired of God in contrast to the men who penned the holy scriptures under divine inspiration of God. Many people believe that the King James bible is God’s perfect restoration of his word. What people fail to realize is that the King James translators made this admission in their own preface to the readers;
“No cause therefore why the word translated should be denied
to be the word, or forbidden to be current, notwithstanding that some imperfections and blemishes may be noted in the setting forth of it.”
This is stated in the preface of the King James bible of 1611 but it is no longer included in many modern translations. Does this mean that we shouldn’t study the bible or trust God’s word? Absolutely not but it is important to consider these interesting facts regarding the history of the bible;
- In 382, the first Latin translation was produced by St. Jerome and this translation was known as the Latin Vulgate.
- The holy scriptures were translated in to many other languages, however, the Roman Catholic Church made it punishable by death to possess a non-Latin bible.
- The Latin Vulgate was the primary and in many places the only version of the holy scriptures controlled by the Roman Catholic Church for nearly 1,000 years. (This period is known as the Dark Ages)
- During the Protestant Reformation period, the first English translation of the holy scriptures was written by John Wycliffe around the year 1380.
- The Wycliffe English bible was translated from Latin to English due to the fact that the original manuscripts were not available to John Wycliffe.
- Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1450’s making it easier to make copies as opposed to hand written copies which were in limited supply.
- Towards the end of the Dark Ages, the truth about the corrupt Roman Catholic church began to be exposed and the Latin Vulgate was considered by many to be inaccurate even to the point of taking away the gospel of Christ.
- In 1537, John Rogers completed the English bible which was the first English bible translated from the original biblical languages of Hebrew & Greek.
- The first English bible that was authorized for public use was the “Great Bible” published by Myles Cloverdale at the request of King Henry VIII.
- Queen Mary I of England took the throne after King Henry’s death, and she made it her purpose to destroy the Reformation movement and to return England back to Roman Catholicism.
- Fleeing persecution, a group of Reformers including John Calvin published the Geneva Bible in the 1560’s and this bible is commonly known to be the first bible taken to America.
- The Roman Catholic church eventually had there own English translation (Douay–Rheims Bible) published fully in year 1610 directly from the Latin Vulgate which was known to be a corrupt translation.
- The Geneva Bible was well accepted by the people, however, the marginal notes grossly criticized the Roman Catholic church for their heretical practices and the powers that be sought to have a less than controversial translation.
- From 1605 to 1611, about 50 bible scholars used the the Tyndale New Testament, the Coverdale Bible, the Matthews Bible, the Great Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the Rheims New Testament to evetually publish the well known King James bible.
- All bibles discussed so far included 80 books (66 old and new testament books + the 14 books of the Apocrypha) until the 1880’s when they were removed.
- Today, there are hundreds of translations available and the most recognized translations in America remains to be the King James, the New American Standard Bible, and the New International Version.
In consideration of these facts, what can we learn about God’s plans? If the holy scriptures were locked in the Latin language for nearly a millennium, how does the doctrine of hell make any sense? With that said, the bible used during that time (the Latin Vulgate) was known to be corrupt and full of inaccuracies only to promote the power and business of the Roman Catholic church. How can a person’s eternal fate depend on a message that is false? If God is all knowing and all powerful, then we can surmise that God knew that this would happen to his word and he of course allowed it to happen. Many people do not understand the mysterious ways about God but I can assure that these actions did not occur against God’s will. My point in showing you these facts is to illustrate to you how the times have changed in regards to people seeking the truth in God’s word. During the time that the Roman Catholic church was in control, the primary way for people to hear God’s words was to hear it from a Catholic priest. There weren’t any pocket bibles or stores where you could just stop by and buy a copy. Of course there wasn’t any Internet so these people had no way of determining if God’s truth was actually being delivered. This stuff was serious business back then and in no way compared to the soft holier than thou Christians of today. People were executed by being burned at the stake for doing something as petty as having a non-Latin bible in their possession. Can you imagine being burned alive just for having a English pocket bible? Thank God we live in a time of relative peace but I believe that it is this peace that has created a spirit of stupor in this country.
The doctrine of hell is an evil doctrine that originated from pagan mythology, but the Roman Catholic church used it to put fear in to the minds of people only for control. It is documented that many Roman Catholic officials would charge fees for the forgiveness of sins and for the indulgence of certain sins. The people that lived during this time cannot be held responsible for being under that kind of spiritual tyranny. By understanding the history and the translations we have, we can learn a lot concerning the truth about this evil doctrine of hell. If we are to trust and believe that the bible is the word of God, we need to understand the differences in the translations. Since the doctrine of hell is believed by the whole Christian church, consider these differences in the usage of the word hell in these following translations;
|1862||Young’s Literal Translation||0||0||
|1982||New King James||19||13||
Who is right and how can we know? The truth is that the word hell is not necessarily a bad translated word. The actual word “hell” has German origin. If you study Teutonic mythology, which is the study of Germanic paganism, you will learn that the word “hell” orginated from the word “hel” which meant that which is hidden or out of sight. In ancient German culture, the common phrase, “they went to hel” meant that two people went to go hide. The Old Norse (an ancient Germanic language) word hel derives from the Proto-Germanic word haljō, which means “one who covers up or hides something”, which itself derives from Proto-Indo-European word kel-, meaning “conceal”. The cognate in English is the word hell, which is from the Old English forms hel and helle. In Norse mythology, Hel is a being that resides over a place of the same name Hel, where this being receives the dead.
It is the modern interpretation of the word hell that involves literal torture that is the primary problem. People have long been plagued with fear because of this terrible false doctrine that is deceiving millions but it is time for the truth to come forth. Even though I use to believe in hell, I find it strange that people continue to believe it even with overwhelming evidence that it is complete garbage. I think most people believe in hell because they really think it is God’s word. I also think that other people really like the idea of their enemies burning in real fire forever. Sadly for the most part, people just haven’t heard the truth and they’ve been brainwashed in to believing a counterfeit gospel.
Case in point: a common misconception that people spread about the teaching of hell is that Jesus talked more about hell than he did about heaven. Maybe you have even said this before not really knowing if in fact it is even true at all. Let’s fact check this common belief;
The word hell appears (54) times in the King James Version bible; 31 times in the Old Testament, and 23 in the New Testament. Of the 23 times hell is used in the New Testament, 16 times the usage was accounted to Christ. The words punishment, judgment, and damnation appear 42 times and many of these are also accounted to Christ. However, the majority of the accounts of these words are in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, & Luke) which all give accounts of some of the same messages. Irregardless of this fact, I will count all of these uses anyway. So we have a total of 58 uses of hell, damnation, punishment, and judgment. Would you believe that the words heaven, kingdom, kingdom of heaven, paradise, kingdom of God is used some 242 times with the majority of these references accounted to Christ? People are infatuated with this teaching of hell and eternal punishment. You see the numbers; believe what you will but I chose to believe the truth.
In Part 2, I will be explaining the meaning of the Hebrew word shĕ’owl and the Greek word hadēs.
Click the link to go to Part 2: The Meaning of Shĕ’owl & Hadēs
36 thoughts on “The Origin of Hell”
In Luke 13:28, it says there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.. why does jesus say that?
Jesus says that because that is the reaction that the Jews will have when they see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of God while they themselves are trust out. Jesus was condemning the evil self-righteous Jews with his words and the phrase “weeping and gnashing of teeth” is never used to describe the reaction of any person going to some place called hell. You have to read the whole scripture and interpret all of the words instead of just picking out phrases to justify commonly accepted ideas of Christianity.
I think sin could make our lives hell on earth, hence the whole message against sin.
The word “hell” is often used as hyperbole but it really has no correlation with the actual literal doctrine of a torturing fire burning hell. Whatever a person suffers through on earth it will eventually end at death. There is no end to the suffering and misery in the teaching of a literal hell.
BIBLE TELL US THAT WHEN GOD RECREATES THIS WORLD IT WILL BE BY A BY FIRE, BY WHICH EVERY ELEMENT SHALL MELT WITH FERVRENT HEAT & THE WICKED &SATAN WITH ALL HIS WICKED ANGELS SHALL BE CONSUMED IN THIS FIRE BY WHICH GOD USES TO DESTROY ALL EVIDENCE OF THIS WORLDS HISTORY AND TO DECAMINATE IT. FOR MANKIND HAS CONTAMINATED IT. THIS WHY JOHN SAID I SAW A NEW HEAVEN & NEW EARTH. GOD WANTS THIS EARTH TO BE BACK IN THE TRUE STATEIN WHICH HE HAD FIRST CREARED IT.THERE SHALL BE NO EVIDENCE OF HOW SATAN HAS GOTTEN MANKIND TO ALTER IT BY SATANS INSPIRATION. SATANS HATES US ALL & WANTS TO BRING ABOUT SUFERING BECAUSE HE WANTS REVENGE ON GOD FOR WE ARE HIS CHILDREN.GOD SENT HIS SON TO PAY THE PRICE FOR THE PENALTY OF SIN SO THROUGH HIS DEATH & RESURECTION WE HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM OUR INHERITED INCLINATIONS TO BE REBELS AGAINTS GODS LAWS WHICH ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A REVELATION OF GODS CHARACTER OF LOVE.THIS IS WHT YESHUA SAID IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS. THESE WORDS GO ALOT DEEPER TO EXPLAIN ,FOR THESE WORDS FOR THEY ARE NOT AS SIMPLE AS THEY SEEM. HE WANTS US WHO ARE FILLED BY H.S TO LEAN ON HIM TO EMPOWER US & GIVE US THE ABILITY TO RESIST SATAN. BUT WITH OUT PRAYERFUL STUDY OF GODS WORDS WE WILL NOT GET THIS EMPOWERMENT, FOR WE SEE WHEN CHRIST 1ST STARTED HIS WORK HE 1ST WENT INTO WILDERNESS TO BE ALONE WITH HIS FATHER JUST AS HE WAS ABOUT TO EMBARK ON HIS MISSION TO REVEAL TO US & GET UNDERSTANDING OF GODS TRUE CHARACTER& BY THIS WE CAN NOW KNOW WHAT A PERFECT SINLESS LIFE REALLY MEANS . FOR WE ARE ALSO TOLD HE IS THE LIGHT& THE WAY.WE NEED DWELL ON THESE VERY POWERFUL WORDS ABOUT 1 OF THE REASONS WHAT HIS PURPOSE FOR BECOMING A MAN FOR US.THEY WOULD SHOW US BY HOW HE WENT ABOUT LIVING HIS LIFE THAT THIS WAS AN EXAMPLE AS TO HOW WE R TO LIVE OURS. (FOR MORE TRUTHS IF YOU,LD LIKE TO FIND OUT THROUGH GODS HOLY WORDS CONTACT METHROUGH MAKE1LORD@YAHOO.COM).
You are one of the most knowledgeable people I have read on this subject. I greatly appreciate your time and effort and may God bless you greatly!
I also have to agree with you about how fascinated and obsessed people can be over the concept of eternal torture. For me though even when I learned this as a child…something about the concept never did sit well with me. Then when I learned the truth…I then understood why this teaching has disturbed me to my core my whole life until a few years ago when I learned the truth and it checked in my spirit. It really really really is a good thing that “man” is not God. Man is so corrupt in his heart it is unbelievable and yes I am included in that we are all sinners.
Thank you again for your efforts and putting this out there! 🙏
What then is the most accurate translation to use?
If by accurate you mean as closely to the original language as possible then I would say the Concordant Version. Go to https://www.concordant.org/version/ to access the online versions for free but they do have purchase options. The King James Version is not a bad translation overall but by eliminating the words hell, eternal, and everlasting you will have solved the majority of that translations major errors. Most of the errors are of little consequence but hell and bible translators changing “age-abiding” to eternal/everlasting has severe consequences. Which translation do you prefer?
So where would you say those who don’t accept Christ go then? The Bible tells us the only way to Heaven is through Christ, meaning if you don’t accept Christ you won’t go to Heaven. So what happens to those people?
There are assumptions in your questions that I must first correct before I can properly answer your question. Firstly, going to “heaven” after death is a teaching based on Christian tradition but there is no scripture that says that anyone goes to “heaven” at death. Jesus said that NO MAN has ascended up to heaven except for him that came from heaven.
Heaven is not a place it is a spiritual realm. A person can dwell in heaven now! The closer a person comes to the understanding and knowledge of the truth the closer they are to heaven which is the place of complete truth. There are levels of heaven but heaven is not a physical place somewhere in outer space. It is a place of spiritual understanding and knowledge.
The second assumption is suggesting that a person can accept Christ with his own free will outside of any influence from God. Jesus said that NO MAN can come to him unless they be drawn by the Father. Many people are drawn to Christianity but not to Christ. Many people accept Christianity but deny Christ and this is why Christ says many will say to him in that day Lord Lord we prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and did many wonderful works and Christ will say depart from me you workers of LAWLESSNESS I never knew you. What group of people prophesizes in the name of Christ? Atheist, unbelievers, the wicked? No, Christians do these things. What group of people cast of demons in the name of Christ? Atheist, unbelievers, the wicked? No, Christians do these things. What group of people do many wonderful works in the name of Christ? Atheist, unbelievers, the wicked? No, Christians do these things. There will be MANY Christians that Jesus will tell to depart from him and that he never knew them. This idea that you must accept Christ is how the church has put the burden of salvation on the responsibility of the sinner but sinner cannot save themselves anymore than a baby can provide for themselves. There are many called but few chosen. There is an order to God’s salvation and it has nothing to do with people accepting Christ into their hearts whatever that means anyway.
There is NO scripture that says the only way to “heaven” is through Christ. There are some scriptures that might seem to allude to that idea but those ideas are based on faulty Christian interpretation. Narrow is the way that leads to LIFE and only a few find it – there are many called and few chosen. Christ is talking about the reward of aionios life – or an extra age of life that the rest of the world doesn’t experience. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever so believes in him will not perish but will have aionios (age-abiding) life (not everlasting life). God is talking about not perishing into the coming age because it is clear that the righteous and unrighteous both perish (die).
Those who are not chosen in this life will rise from the dead in the resurrection to judgment after the saints reign with Christ for the millennia but when God’s judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness (Isaiah 26:9). How is it that Christianity teaches that a person is saved?
Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Okay, so you must confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus? How does a person come to do that?
1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit? That’s interesting but this proves that there must be Holy Spirit intervention and influence before a person can be lead to salvation.
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
But before that we read;
Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Do you know that the word “should” is not in the original Greek? The bible translators added the word should to make it seem as if there is room for doubt but there is no doubt because in Romans 14:11, it says every tongue shall confess to God. The Greek word “exomologeō” is the word translated as confess and it means to acknowledge openly and joyfully.
Everyone will accept Christ in God’s timing when God judges the world in righteousness.
Those who don’t accept Christ as their Savior and his death on the cross and the shedding of his blood and his subsequent reserection from the dead for the forgiveness of our sins and so that we shall have eternal life will certainly go to hell along with Satan and the rest of his fallen angels!
Hello Diane and thanks for commenting. I have a question for you and the question is ,”How does one come to “accept” Christ as their Savior?” Show me one scripture that says that a person much “accept” Christ before they die to avoid going to some pagan hell? It is a commonly held theme within Christianity that a person can just “accept” Christ with their own free will but this theme is NOT supported by the scriptures in any way.
John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
The Father must draw (Greek – drag) a person to Christ before a person can come to or (accept) Christ as you claim and it is clear that the Father is not drawing everyone to Christ in this present age. Jesus says 12:32;
If I be lifted up from the earth, I will DRAW all men (humanity) to Myself.
Do you believe the words of Christ? What does it mean for Christ to be lifted up from the earth? The answer is in the very next verse in John 12:33;
This he said, signifying what death he should die.
So Christ will draw all of humanity to Himself if He is lifted up from the earth to die on the cross for the sins of the world. This is how the Father will draws all of humanity to Christ in His timing and not yours or the timing of Christianity. There is not a single scripture that says God’s salvation runs out or expires at persons death.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
What is judgment? According to you and the dogmas of Christianity, God’s judgment is barbecuing billions of people in real fire for all eternity but thanks be to God that the truth needs neither your approval nor the approval of your religion of men. This is what happens when God’s judgment is upon the earth;
Isaiah 26:9 With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Do you understand this? When (not now but in some future time or age) God’s JUDGMENTS are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Who is left out of the inhabitants of the world? The truth of the mattes is that you don’t want God to save the whole world because you think you are special. Your “heaven” is something to be desired of your ilk because of the people you exclude from it. It is convenient for you or someone in your position to appoint themselves to the winning side of your own argument while having no issue damning billions of losers to some godless hell. You don’t know what you are talking about. You are a repeater of dogmas – a religious parrot. Do you know how many times I have heard your regurgitated claims spewed just on this site alone? Did you really think I was going to submit to your line of thinking when I’ve clearly addressed nearly all if not all of your run on sentence? You seemingly did not bother to read anything I’ve written on this site because you would know that the word “eternal” is not a scriptural word and hell is a terrible false doctrine perpetuated by the church to control people through fear. You haven’t accepted Christ, you have accepted Christianity and with it all of her heresies. The fact that you have embraced such heresies is proof that you have not accepted Christ nor can you.
One question? I do agree with you about the hell doctrine and I am reading your other material with an open mind to not dismiss it without prayer and searching the scriptures. My question is…what of the verse…Romans 6:23. To me that was a big verse that helped me realize that eternal hell torture is not the outcome. But I will keep reading your site as I have not read all the materials yet. I just got caught up in the comments and haven’t finished it yet but I will. Maybe you answer that in your site. So apologize if you did.
Thank you 🙏
What is your question about Romans 6:23?
I prefer to believe Heaven is for everyone than a few and the rest will not be there.
Heaven is not a place.
Heaven is a realm correct??The Kingdom of God “Righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost which would mean that God would have to give you His Spirit?? Trying to make sense of it all because I am trying to understand this with all respect..
Yes, heaven is a spiritual realm that transcends this physical world and our physical existence. There is nothing a person can do for God without His Spirit.
What will become of those people whom Jesus tells to depart from Him?
Thank you 🙏
The people that depart from Jesus must go through God’s judgment and Isaiah 26:9 says, “when God’s judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Hello, I have a question about fire and brimstone preachers. Do you have any advice for how I could lovingly interact with one to show that there is more biblical evidence for universal restoration than eternal conscious torment? Also, what is your assessment if someone says that the everlasting destruction or punishment mentioned in the New Testament means that the unsaved are in a state of perpetual destruction for all of eternity? What do you think about Paul Washer?
Not really and I would recommend that you not even try unless you want to be disappointed. It’s not your job to convince Christianity’s deceived clergy of anything and most Christians believe that universal reconciliation is heresy anyway. Christians don’t want God to save all of humanity because they think they are special. Certainly not every single Christian falls into that category but definitely the majority does in my opinion. The doctrine of hell is a cornerstone ideology in Christianity and without it the institution essentially falls. Preachers have always used hell to terrorize people and to scare them into becoming repeat church attendees which results in a monopoly of tithe collection. I’m sure this preacher you know has heard of universal salvation before and they probably already have their own opinions about it.
I’ve heard all kinds of theories or reasonings that Christians use to justify their heresies but I don’t pay too much attention to this because I know that the words eternal and everlasting aren’t scriptural words. Read my article on the truth about eternal and everlasting in my hell series. I explain in detail how the Hebrew word “owlam” and the Greek word “aionios” never mean eternal or everlasting. Read Ezekiel 16:55 and you’ll see that even Sodom and her daughters (Gomorrah, etc.) will return to their former estate.
I don’t know much about Paul Washer. I looked him up and what I glanced at briefly was enough for me to not be interested in investigating any further.
Hope this helps…
I had been struggling with Hell and what the Bible actually teaches about it. When I became a Christian this past December, I realized the full weight of what the mainstream churches were teaching about Hell, and I wanted to get to the bottom of what the Bible says.
I am pretty sure that universal restoration is biblical, and I know that the eternal conscious torment view really has little to no biblical support.
Thank you for your guidance!
It is pretty astonishing that you came to those conclusions so early in your walk as most people stay indoctrinated in fundamental Christian dogmas for decades. You are right thought as the bible is full of evidence for universal restoration. In the Greek, it is called the apokatastasis which literally means, restitution or restoration and in the context of scripture, it is referencing the restitution/restoration of all.
Acts 3:20-21 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of “restoration of all things”, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
Also to, I was at first afraid to put name on my post. I, Derek, and now leaning heavily towards universal restoration after viewing scholarly examination and commentary of the text while also keeping in mind Jesus and therefore the nature and character of God.
Did most of the events of the Book of Revelation occur at or around 70 A.D.?
THE BIBLE SAYES LET EVER MAN BE A LIAR AND GOD BE TRUTH ITS NOT WHAT WE THING IT WHAT GOD HIM SELF SAYES IS TRUTH GOD GIVES EVER MAN HE OWN RIGHT THE TO CHOOSE AND BELIEVE //THE BIBLE SAYES IT IS A FEARFULL THING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF A LIVING GOD//GOD JUDGEMENTS ARE TRUE AND JUST NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OR BELIEVE//WHAT IS TRUTH IT IS NONE OTHER THAN GOD//WE ALL WILL STAND BEFOR GOD AND BE JUDGED FOR THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE NO MATTER WHAT WE THINK//IT WILL BE GOD THAT GIVES ALL THE TRUTH AND THAT TRUTH IS NONE OTHER THAN HIS WORD//YOU SAY THERE IS NO HELL SO BE IT AND WHAT ABOUT THE LAKE OF FIRE WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH//SO WHEN WE STAND BEFOR GOD THE ALMIGHTY CAN A MAN CONTINED WITH HIM BY NO MEANS FOR HE IS THE GOD MADE ALL THINGS HE WILL HAVE THE FINAL WORD NOT WHAT YOU THING OR BELIEVE//THE SOUL OF MAN WILL SPEND LIFE SOME WHERE BECAUSE THAT SOUL WILL NEVER DIE BECAUSE GOD MADE US NOT WE OURSELFS HE BREATHED INTO US AND BECAME ALIVING SOULGOD MADE US AS WE ARE AS UNTO HIM AND HIS LIKENESS//WE WILL SPEND ENTERITY SOME WHERE//WITH GOD THERE WILL BE NO SIN THERE ALL THAT WILL BE IN HIS PRESENT IS HOLY HOLYNESS//GOD SAYS THERE IS A PLACE FOR THOUGHS THAT ARE NOT BORN INTO THE FAMLY OF GOD JESUS SAID A MAN MUST BE BORN AGAIN IF YOU DONT BELIEVE WHAT JESUS SAID SO BE IT SO BELIEVE A LIE AND BE DAMMED IT ALL UP TO YOU// YOU HAVE THAT RIGHT//I WOULD DIE ON WHAT I BELIEVE NOT ON WHAT I THINK BUT ON WHAT I KNOW SO THE SPIRIT OF GOD BEARS WITTNESS WITH THE TRUTH//YOU SAY UNTIL I SEEN THE TRUTH WHAT IS THAT TRUTH THAT YOU SAY YOU HAVE SEEN IS OF GOD ARE WHAT THINK SO BECAUSE THE HOLY GHOST WILL BEAR OUT THE TRUTH AND THAT IS ALL WE HAVE TO GO ON BECAUSE THE HOLY GHOST WILL LEAD AND GIDE IN ALL TRUTHS
It is painful to read anything in ALL CAPS but your writing is just horrible. Your comment has to be the longest run-on sentence I’ve ever seen and you have the audacity to try to be critical? You can’t even form a concise thought all you did was send me a long emotional rant saying essentially nothing. I haven’t obligated a single person to endorse anything I say. Believe what you want to believe.
Hello Sir, thanks for blog. I have always doubted this eternal hell doctrine but the universal salvation is new to me. Moreover, there are people whose name isn’t found written in the ‘Book of Life’ that are cast into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire) Can you kindly explain that in respect to universal salvation?
Fred K. Sosu
Granted! Good article… Thanks for the credit.
Thank you for the time and research you put into this article. I grew up in southern fundamental independent Baptist churches, where the “fire and brimstone” preachers are held in high regard. In my journey through this life I have had to renegotiate my faith with myself over many of the doctrines of Christianity so taught. Unfortunately some have caused lasting damage not only to myself(within choices I’ve made according to them) but others I tried to share Christ with.
One of the better maxims I now read and study the Bible with is “the Bible was written for us, but not to us.” This means going back to original language, meaning, and what it meant to the audience is was spoken/written to. I always was uncomfortable with the way hell was taught and what it entailed, but could never really explain why. Now that I am older and studying the Bible without preconceived or enforced notions, it not only makes more sense, but makes sharing the hope of Christ much more enjoyable than telling someone they are headed to a eternal torment.