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« on: June 08, 2008, 04:44:50 PM »
firstborn888 posted this in response to my thread What the #$%@ is hell!?

They are all different things and lumping them together is the source of all the confusion.

The question I'm asking here is: why?

Why do we lump all the hell words together?

You can find a million explanations on the internet about how hell is a transformation of all those words (along with nice little etymologies for each word I could care less about in my seeking an answer to this question), but my question is why do we do this?
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008, 05:00:53 AM »
Because it is human nature to make hasty generalizations. People are lazy, they do not want to think. They have been taught that thinking is bad, and so  even if they did think, they would not be listened to either. So why? Because you have corrupt generations corrupting generations and can do little to stop it.


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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2008, 05:06:08 AM »
By we, I didn't just mean modern translations. Why did the King James Bible and all its predecessors do it?

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Re: Hell/Sheol/Gehenna/Tartarus/Hades
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2012, 03:52:29 PM »
New World Encyclopedia:
"The rabbinic tradition draws a distinction between Sheol and
Gehenna or 'Gehinnom
.' Originally, Judaism described life after death
as a bleak underworld named Sheol, which was known as the
common pit or grave of humanity. However, with the influence of Persian
thought and the passing of time, the notion of 'hell' crept into Jewish tradition
and became associated with the biblical word Gehinnom or Gei Hinnom (the
valley of Hinnom (Joshua 15:8, 18:16; II Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 7:31;
Nehemiah 11:30). This view of hell was allegedly imported into
Judaism from Zoroastrianism, and it appears to have supplanted the
earlier concept of Sheol (mentioned in Isaiah 38:18, Psalms 6:5 and Job

"Jews who embraced this view of hell included the group known
as the Pharisees. The larger, dogmatically conservative Sadducees
maintained their belief in Sheol. While it was the Sadducees that
represented the Jewish religious majority it was the Pharisees who
best weathered Roman occupation, and their belief in Zoroaster's heaven
and hell was passed on to both Christianity and Islam.
"In subsequent centuries, rabbinic literature expounded on
Gehenna as a place (or state) where the wicked are temporarily
punished after death. The godly, meanwhile, await Judgment Day in
the bosom of Abraham. 'Gehenna' is sometimes translated as 'hell,' but
the Christian view of hell differs from the Jewish view of Gehenna."
1 Timothy 2:3-4  ...God our Savior;  Who will have all men to be saved...
John 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Romans 4:5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous ...