Monday, December 22, 2014

There is no "hell" in the Bible

Chronologically between the books of Genesis to Malakhi, when read in Hebrew, there is no "hades".

Hades/hell is a pagan concept inherited from Greek and Persian religions.

There is a she-ol [שאול].

[שאול] is the passive participle/gerund/verbal-noun of sha-al [שאל].
[שאל] sha-al means question, to ask.

Therefore, she-ol, the passive verbal-noun means the "unknown". What Job and King David said was not hell/hades, but

  • into the "darkness of the unknown", 
  • where "no human I've ever met will meet me again."

Even the name of Saul in Hebrew Shaul, is the same spelling as she-ol, but different inflection. Saul's name means "being asked".

There is no gehenna between the books of Genesis to Malakhi, except the gai hinnom [גיע הינום], the valley of Hinnom, the place where people sacrificed their children to their gods, praying to their dead children to intercede on their behalf to mitigate for their transgressions against their gods.

Daniel 12: 2 says
ורבים מישני אדמת עפר Then many from sleep of soil of ground
יקיצו אלה לחיי עולם shall arise those to life eternal
ואלה לחרפות לדראון עולם and those to be condemned to eternal contempt-oblivion

those who are spited to eternal contempted-oblivion will never arise. They will be forgotten in shame. There is no eternal damnation.

Daniel 12:2 is mistranslated by people who try to force the verse to say some will arise to suffer eternal damnation.

Eccl 9: 5 says
כי החיים יודעים שימתו as the living know that they will die
והמתים אינם יודעים מאומה and the dead they know not anything
ואין עוד להם שכר and no more to them recompense/wages
כי נשכח זכרם because forgotten is their memory

Eccl 9:5 says the dead will never be punished or rewarded.

So, there is no such thing as hell. Those who resurrect shall live forever. The rest will not suffer in eternal hell, but forgotten in shame.