I bought my first concordance, it was a Young's in 1975 and that same year a Strong's. I was in search for the scripture "God helps those who help themselves." As well as "Do unto others and you would do unto yourself." The later maybe credited to Ben Franklin, maybe the first as well, after months of searching for those scriptures and coming up empty, I became a cynical believer for quite some time, after that, probably how I almost looked at being called backslider as a badge.
Twenty years later those same two concordance's offered me the definition of "hell" and "everlasting." I have also found out that people still believe in the first two supposed scripture verses and will argue their point. Just like most folks who dutifully go to a gathering on a Sunday and Wed. will argue that "hell" and "everlasting" do not really mean what Young's or Strong's espouse.
I had no idea that a word such as damnation (which means a tribunal for decision) would be embraced and accepted and taught in theology and religious denominations and sects, as a place of an eternal burning fire that will continuously burn up human flesh in screaming pain that is unquenchable all in the sight of Himself and His angels.
No, I never thought such a thing about damnation after I looked up the word "hell" and there was no parallel at all to the word "damnation."
My wonder....Just when did men who proclaim Jesus Christ the Savior, begin to embrace the applause from the stories that pastors, reverends, and preachers write, and tell, after editing on a Saturday evening, and offered on Sunday morning, cluttered with the thought of the monetary basket?
I, thank you Lord, for Your love, I am a soul being saved and wonderfully happy that YOU found me and began drawing me. And yes, I am happy I purchased my Young's and Strong's. He Is Risin!