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Why did Christ visit hell after his death?

Full Question

Why did Christ visit hell after his death?

Answer

He didn’t, if you mean by hell the place of the damned. There would have been no purpose in his going there.

The Apostles’ Creed contains this line in Latin: descendit ad inferos. In older English translations the word inferos was rendered as “hell,” but it was understood not to mean the place of the damned. The term actually refers to “those below”—that is, to the dead. It thus signified that he descended to visit the just who died in pre-Christian times and were waiting for heaven to be opened to them. This place is commonly called the limbo of the Fathers.

Jesus referred to this place when he said, “As Jonah was in the whale’s belly for three days and three nights, so shall the Son of Man be in the heart of the Earth three days and three nights” (Mt 12:40).

The expression “heart of the Earth” doesn’t mean the grave, but the underworld, what the Jews called sheol, which was thought to be located at the center of the Earth. Sheol wasn’t a place of the damned but a place of departed souls both good and bad. It appears from the parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Lk 16:19-31) that there was a place within sheol where the wicked were punished and another place where the righteous awaiting heaven were comforted. Jesus went to the latter.











8 comments

  1. juslash monns Reply

    Where did You find The word LIMBO issue that words has in the bible? What was your proof about word Limbo?

  2. rev. Robert henry Reply

    Thats not right. Our lord went to hell to take the keys of death back from Satan. Whey can’t you read his words?

    1. Anukanti Chibueze Reply

      Henry you are so wrong! The Lord declared to Peter that the gates of hell shall never prevail against him. The Lord holds the keys of both hell and heavens and never at any time surrendered it. He is the Alpha and Omega. Where did you see it in the bible that he went to collect the keys of death, and from who?

  3. Cynthia Reply

    My understanding, Jesus when he was resurrected…………and on the 3rd day he rose again to save the living & the dead. Jesus died on the cross for each of us, for the forgiveness of our sins. So on the third day he went to save those before his crucifixion to save the ones who died before him. Adam & Eve etc. (Old Testament) Make any sense? Ok….

  4. Constance Chapman Reply

    ^^^ugh. This is why we have a Catholic Church, THE sole teaching authority.

  5. maureen Reply

    Why then has the Creed changed to “he decedent into hell” then?

  6. Rose Reply

    All these are not very clear as I can’t find details written in the bible. Can anyone give more elaboration? Maybe his dying and burying in the tomb was just an example and part of his human body . His human body went dead as a normal human, and raised up to show that one day we will raised up too with Him.

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