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Do you believe the idea of HELL a Christian teaching?

I FOUND THIS: The idea of suffering after death is found among the pagan religious teachings of ancient peoples in Babylon and Egypt. Babylonian and Assyrian beliefs depicted the “nether world . . . as a place full of horrors, . . . presided over by gods and demons of great strength and fierceness.” Although ancient Egyptian religious texts do not teach that the burning of any individual victim would go on forever, they do portray the “Other World” as featuring “pits of fire” for “the damned.”—The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, by Morris Jastrow, Jr., 1898, p. 581; The Book of the Dead, with introduction by E. Wallis Budge, 1960, pp. 135, 144, 149, 151, 153, 161, 200
So, if Hell was not a Christian teaching then why do Christians want to believe in it?


Asked by lisarose45 at 3:37 PM on Mar. 28, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Jews never have understood where the belief in hell came from. As noted above, the Hebrew word was improperly translated and given meaning that wasn't part of Hebrew. It is the same with the word satan. In Hebrew satan means 'an adversary' or t'o accuse'. There is no meaning relating to an evil being.

    Answer by Marwill at 3:49 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • ALSO: Concerning this use of “hell” to translate these original words from the Hebrew and Greek, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (1981, Vol. 2, p. 187) says: “HADES . . . It corresponds to ‘Sheol’ in the O.T. [Old Testament]. In the A.V. of the O.T. [Old Testament] and N.T. [New Testament], it has been unhappily rendered ‘Hell.’”

    Collier’s Encyclopedia (1986, Vol. 12, p. 28) says concerning “Hell”: “First it stands for the Hebrew Sheol of the Old Testament and the Greek Hades of the Septuagint and New Testament. Since Sheol in Old Testament times referred simply to the abode of the dead and suggested no moral distinctions, the word ‘hell,’ as understood today, is not a happy translation.”

    Answer by lisarose45 at 3:39 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • We dont believe or not believe things on the basis of wether or not they are found in other religions. It just backs up and proves the idea of hell. It has always existed since the beginning of Earth, so why wouldnt other religions pick up on it as well?

    Your line of thinking is strange to me.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:39 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • AND: It is, in fact, because of the way that the word “hell” is understood today that it is such an unsatisfactory translation of these original Bible words. Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, unabridged, under “Hell” says: “fr[om] . . . helan to conceal.” The word “hell” thus originally conveyed no thought of heat or torment but simply of a ‘covered over or concealed place.’ In the old English dialect the expression “helling potatoes” meant, not to roast them, but simply to place the potatoes in the ground or in a cellar.

    Answer by lisarose45 at 3:39 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • “Hellfire” has been a basic teaching in Christendom for many centuries. It is understandable why The Encyclopedia Americana (1956, Vol. XIV, p. 81) said: “Much confusion and misunderstanding has been caused through the early translators of the Bible persistently rendering the Hebrew Sheol and the Greek Hades and Gehenna by the word hell. The simple transliteration of these words by the translators of the revised editions of the Bible has not sufficed to appreciably clear up this confusion and misconception.” Nevertheless, such transliteration and consistent rendering does enable the Bible student to make an accurate comparison of the texts in which these original words appear and, with open mind, thereby to arrive at a correct understanding of their true significance

    Answer by lisarose45 at 3:41 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • So are you copying and pasting or what. lol

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:43 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • Christians probably believe in hell for the same reason alot of Pagan Symbols were used in their celebrations(and are still today). To appeal to the masses and draw more followers. It's kind of like a rumor, it may not be true but if it raises eyelids it gets attention and eventually "becomes truth" over time without people researching the evidence behind the "rumor"(or teaching in this case). If someone is said to be an "elder" or "prophet" 9 out of 10 people in biblical times (until now) would not question such a person. It simply became law, or "truth".

    If people want to believe there is a hell, let them I say, just don't infringe on my beliefs or tell me what I believe isn't so and use "idle threats of damnation" to a place I don't believe exists simply because I do not believe as another person does.

    Answer by CinderAmethyst at 3:53 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • From Reference books like Encyclopedias and Expository (Bible) Dictionarys? Yes I did, why, is it wrong to us Bible Scholars to show my point? mmmm. Bad Scholars!!!! LOL So if they understand that the English word Hell was a bad choice in rendering a translation from Hebrew and Greek then I shouldn't use them...mmmmm..


    Answer by lisarose45 at 3:55 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • No, not wrong, just rofl thats all.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:56 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • bc it's in the Bible

    Answer by newmom10408 at 3:57 PM on Mar. 28, 2009