Heaven, hell, and salvation—in Bible terms

Judging from how terrified some people, even in our day and age, can become about going to hell and how eager others are to be carried to heaven in the rapture, the subject of heaven and hell can still be intense. A close look at the origins of those words in the Bible can lead us to more comforting, practical—and even healing—conclusions. 

Let’s start with the meaning of “hell.” The King James Version of the Bible takes two separate words from the original Greek and translates them both into the word hell. They are distinguished from each other in the New Revised Standard Version as Hades and hell. 

Understanding Bell’s hell
August 22, 2011

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