hey,been at college gettin my edumacation.
The term Hell is derived from Old English helan to conceal.
in olden days the word had a completly different meaning,than it does now.
Hell appears in several mythologies and religions. It is commonly inhabited by demons and the souls of dead people.
Hell is often depicted in art and literature, perhaps most famously in Dante's Divine Comedy.
Judaism does not have a specific doctrine about the afterlife, but it does have a tradition of describing Gehenna. Gehenna is not hell, but rather a sort of Purgatory where one is judged based on his or her life's deeds. The Kabbalah describes it as a "waiting room" (commonly translated as an "entry way") for all souls (not just the wicked). The overwhelming majority of rabbinic thought maintains that people are not in Gehenna forever; the longest that one can be there is said to be 11 months, however there has been the occasional noted exception. Some consider it a spiritual forge where the soul is purified for its eventual ascent to Olam Habah (heb. "The world to come", often viewed as analogous to Heaven). This is also mentioned in the Kabbalah, where the soul is described as breaking, like the flame of a candle lighting another: the part of the soul that ascends being pure and the "unfinished" piece being reborn.
When one has so deviated from the will of god, one is said to be in gehinom. This is not meant to refer to some point in the future, but to the very present moment. The gates of teshuva (return) are said to be always open, and so one can align his will with that of god at any moment. Being out of alignment with god's will is itself a punishment according to the Torah.
we can remember Jesus descending to preach to those in pergatory(Hell) thus showing that they were not lost,but yet could still be saved.
Luke 12:5 records Jesus speaking about God's Judgment: "But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath Power to cast into Hell; (this word is miss translated in most bibles and should actually read Sheol) yea, I say unto you, Fear Him."
In Paul's letter to the Thessalonian church he describes a separation taking place: "The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking Vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the Presence of the Lord, and from the Glory of his Power" (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) (removal from the cycle of life.)
Most modern Christians see Hell as the eternal punishment for unrepentant sinners, as well as for the Devil and his demons. Unbelievers are said to deserve Hell on account of original sin according to many conservative denominations. Sometimes exceptions are understood for those who have had extenuating circumstances (youth, mental illness, invincible error, etc.). As opposed to the concept of Purgatory, damnation to Hell is considered final and irreversible. However, the foundation of the Christian faith is that it is the death of Jesus Christ, and acceptance of his love for us, that allows repentant sinners to avoid the torments of Hell and enjoy eternity with God.
Now we can look at some things that Jesus said;
John 11:11--....Our friend Lazarus sleepeth (Mt-9:24;Acts-7:60;1 Cor-15:51); but I go,that I may awake him out of sleep.
we see here that even after 4 days,the spirit and soul of Lazarus,had not gone anywhere,but instead this verse actually agrees with the story of the resurection,which tells us that the righteous dead shall arise first,upon the return of Jesus,and the beginning of the rapture.If you go on further,in revelations you can find where the rest of the dead,also rise up,for judgement,and the wicked are cast into the Lake of Fire.
If a sinner is already in hell,is Jesus so mean as to bring a person outta hell,to cast that person into yet another place of fire and torment? I say no,I believe that from revelations and the story of the lake of fire,is where the stories of hell and fire have evolved from.For you can see clearly that God opens the lake of fire in those days and beelzubal(satan) and his cohorts are the first ones thrown in.
Revelations 3:5-he that overcometh,the same shall be clothed in white raiment;and I will not blot his name out of the book of life,but I will confess his name before my Father,and before his angels.
Here we see that until Jesus's return,no one has been judged yet! We can also see in the new testament,where Jesus tells us,that Father has turned the judging of the people over to him.
Also, Revelation 20:10 illustrates Hell as a "lake with burning sulfur". Our modern, more graphic, images of Hell have developed from writings that are not found in the Bible. Dante's The Divine Comedy is a classic inspiration for modern images of Hell. Other early Christian writings also illustrate the anguish of Hell. These texts include the Apocalypse of Peter and the Coptic Apocalypse of Paul. Both these pieces of literature tell of the author being taken on a personal tour of Heaven and Hell. These writings tell of what the authors witnessed during their journeys. Most Christians believe that damnation occurs immediately upon death (particular judgment), and others that it occurs after Judgment Day, which is written about in the book of Revelation. Attitudes toward Hell and damnation have changed over the centuries (for example, see Limbo), and most Restorationist groups reject the traditional concept of Hell altogether (see Annihilationism, Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and Universalists). These latter theologies allege the mutual exclusivity of barbaric portrayals of Hell with the benevolent nature of God.
to be continued....