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Did God create hell?

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If God created everything, then didn’t he create hell, too? If he created hell, then is hell good, since everything God created was good?

Answer

Hell is primarily an eternal state of separation between God and those creatures—angels and humans—who have permanently chosen to reject him. God created free will, which is good, but hell is the result of the abuse of free will. God did not create hell; he only allowed for its possibility. Thus it cannot be said that hell is good.










15 comments

  1. Antony Reply

    Please explain the mysterious beingness of God as well as man in Jesus. Thank you

    1. sue Reply

      God is a spirit and to come to earth and be a sacrifice for mankind, he had to take on human form.

      1. Patrick Gannon Reply

        So an all-powerful being, who created the entire universe, is incapable of forgiving sin without a primitive blood sacrifice? He couldn’t simply forgive mankind? He was incapable of doing this?

        Rather than simply forgive mankind, God impregnates a virgin with Himself so that he can be born as Himself in order to sacrifice Himself to Himself so that He can relieve us of a condition He placed on us in the first place? Seriously, that’s the best an all-powerful being can come up with?

  2. janus Reply

    He’ll is just a possibility? And I thought hell really existed! According to enoch God created hell. Is the possibility of hell part of vatican 2?

    1. Sam Reply

      Matt. 25:41 Jesus said hell was created for the devil & all his angels.

      1. Patrick Gannon Reply

        Many people think the author of Matthew was referring to Tartarus – the lowest level of Hades. There are four words in the bible that were translated to the word “Hell” by the Church, when the bible was translated to English.

        Sheol: This term is used many times in the OT. It means dead, grave, or permanent unconsciousness, depending on the context. It was NOT a place of punishment. In the OT, when Bible God wanted to punish you, He punished you in this life, or He punished your offspring “to the third and fourth generation.” Once you were dead, He was finished with you. At that time of Jesus the ongoing debate was whether there would be some sort of Judgement Day and the idea arose that these people in Sheol would be awakened, judged and rewarded or destroyed. They would be judged on their deeds, and not on what they believed.

        Gehenna: Jesus referred to this “Hell” 11 times in the NT. It was the Jerusalem town dump, that burned all the time, with the “turning worm” of smoke drifting through the valley, and the “gnashing of teeth” as wild animals ate sacrificial remains. Jesus was clearly speaking metaphorically. To the Jews of the time, the worst possible insult was to be thrown in the dump, rather than afforded a decent Jewish burial. The dump has been closed for a long time.

        Hades: I love this one, because it’s totally pagan. Hades is the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. His underworld was a place of pagan construction, but there it is, right in the middle of the NT. The idea of course was that bringing the message west, they used references to Hades that Greeks and Romans would have understood in the same way Jews understood Sheol.

        Tartarus: Bottom level of Hades – this is probably what Matt 25:41 refers to.

        And the word “Hell” itself? That’s a word that refers to the pagan Norse underworld – again something meant to be metaphorical.

        You know what sucks? Almost every priest and minister who didn’t go to some kind of Fundagelical Divinity school, knows all of this; but do they tell their parishioners? Hell no!

        Look at the picture associated with this article. That is a product of Milton’s Paradise Lost and Dante’s Inferno. The Church just loved the hell out of those depictions because they are so ungodly awful. Think of how cruel and vicious the RCC has been to indocrinate children with this fear. When I was a child I was told that my skin would burn off and be constantly replenished from below so that I would suffer eternally. Well, if it turns out that way, so be it; but at least I’ll know I’m morally superior to the “God” that sends me there. (But I stopped losing sleep over it once I read the bible and learned how I had been lied to).

    2. Patrick Gannon Reply

      Look up the RCC Catechism:

      1035 The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, “eternal fire.”

      Pretty clear. Think about it. What power would the Church have over us if there was no Hell?

  3. Michael Reply

    Yes, I would think that hell is good for those who rejected God. They have created hell for themselves the moment they rejected God.

  4. rupert cruz Reply

    God is light… take away light, then comes darkness. Take away God and His goodness then you’ll have hell. Hell is never intended for humans. It is for the devil and his angels. You take God away from your life then hell would be the place for you.

  5. Abiodun.B. Reply

    What is Hell? Is it a place with burning furnace (fire).

  6. williams Edeh Reply

    God is right for creating hell,He gave us the free will to choose which life to live,if we choose to live a good life on earth then we can make heaven but if we choose to live a weeked life hell await us but the fact is that the choice to make heaven or hell depend on us if not for the fear of going to hell the devil would have worn so many souls think about it.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      If we choose to live a good life we can make it to heaven? Well how about the billions of people who aren’t either Christian or Catholic who live good lives. What happens to them?

  7. Marco Vargas Reply

    HELL
    A word used in the King James Version (as well as in the Catholic Douay Version and most older translations) to translate the Hebrew sheʼohlʹ and the Greek haiʹdes. In the King James Version the word “hell" is rendered from sheʼohlʹ 31 times and from haiʹdes 10 times. This version is not consistent, however, since sheʼohlʹ is also translated 31 times “grave" and 3 times “pit." In the Douay Version sheʼohlʹ is rendered “hell" 64 times, “pit" once, and “death" once.

    In 1885, with the publication of the complete English Revised Version, the original word sheʼohlʹ was in many places transliterated into the English text of the Hebrew Scriptures, though, in most occurrences, “grave" and “pit" were used, and “hell" is found some 14 times. This was a point on which the American committee disagreed with the British revisers, and so, when producing the American Standard Version (1901) they transliterated sheʼohlʹ in all 65 of its appearances. Both versions transliterated haiʹdes in the Christian Greek Scriptures in all ten of its occurrences, though the Greek word Geʹen·na (English, “Gehenna") is rendered “hell" throughout, as is true of many other modern translations.

    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."

    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.

    The meaning given today to the word “hell" is that portrayed in Dante’s Divine Comedy and Milton’s Paradise Lost, which meaning is completely foreign to the original definition of the word. The idea of a “hell" of fiery torment, however, dates back long before Dante or Milton. The Grolier Universal Encyclopedia (1971, Vol. 9, p. 205) under “Hell" says: “Hindus and Buddhists regard hell as a place of spiritual cleansing and final restoration. Islamic tradition considers it as a place of everlasting punishment." 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.

    “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.—See GEHENNA; GRAVE; HADES; SHEOL; TARTARUS.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      Marco Vargas – I wish there was a “Like” button. I posted the same information in less detail above, before reading your post.

      I was terrified by Hell as a child, and though I suppressed those fears, they were deep within me till I finally read the entire bible, deciding to go and see what the bible actually said about this horrid place. As you pointed out – it doesn’t exist. I don’t know about you, but I was furious. I was very angry with the Church and to a lesser extent my parents for some time, till I settled down. I understand that my parents were also indoctrinated and thus not responsible for their part in scaring the crap out of us and lying to us; making childhood miserable; but the Church does not deserve any break. They know what they did with those translations. They created Hell right here in this place for innocent children and they should be held accountable.

      We should all sue them for psychological child abuse!

  8. az Reply

    I thought hell was created by Gods wrath ..for those who reject him

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