(Luke 14:14). This is the resurrection that will take place at Jesus’ return, when the dead in Messiah will rise first
(“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of a chief messenger and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first,” 1 Thess. 4:16).
The Harrowing of Hades teaching, though, is not the only way to understand the location of Paradise.
Another approach is to assume that a spiritual place like Paradise is not located in any particular place at all, at least not of the kind we can easily understand, and so talking about it being under the earth or up in heaven above is only an aid to visualization, and not a meaningful description of its location.
Hell – is not a place for tormenting human souls in fire. The word in the Bible translated into Hell means the grave. Nothing more.
That is why the Bible says the dead are conscious of nothing at all. Every human who ever lived and died are in hell.
They are slleping. That is what Jesus taught about the condition of the dead before he resurrected a young girl and Lazarus.
Jehovah God created humans to live forever in Paradise on earth. Not in heaven. The Lord’s Prayer says..
Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth… What is God’e original will for mankind? Yes… living forever in paradise.
There are many teachings that claim to use the Bible but mix ancient pagan religious teachings and philosophy.
The truth is that those who died already will hear the voice of Jesus (John 5:28) and come back from hell – the grave and join all those who survive the final war of Armegeddon to restore true worship and change the earth into the paradise God wanted in the beginning.
Is it true that the Earth is our paradise, heaven, and hell?
No. Paradise is out of reach. Heaven and Hell will be our ultimate destination after our judgement by God.
HELL AND PARADISE – The ‘Garden of Eden’ which was rich in beauty is also called ‘Paradise’.
It was the underground resting place of Abraham, and holy souls awaiting salvation. Jonah went there till he was brought back to life and spat out by the fish onto the shore (Jonah 2:6)
Jesus, after His death went there, along with the thief that was to His ‘right side’ (Luke 23:43), must have rested with them on the Sabbath (Genesis 2:2-3), and then led them into heaven on Easter Sunday.
While the Apostles Creed calls it ‘Hell’ – it is ‘Sheol’ in Hebrew or ‘Hades’ in Greek (See Catechism 633 – 635). From the parable of the ‘Rich Man and Lazarus’, we know that it is partitioned into two. On the other side of the chasm there is ‘Hell’
HEAVEN – Heaven is the place where God lives with His angels and those who have passed the ‘test’ on Earth i.e. saints in heaven who are in the very presence of God. Heaven is considered to be above the sky’s. We have a glimpse of heaven from some passages:
Jesus was standing to welcome the Martyr Stephen at the time of his death – Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on hi
The word hell does not appear in the Greek New Testament; instead one of three words is used: the Greek words Tartarus or Hades, or the Hebrew word Gehinnom.
In the Septuagint and New Testament the authors used the Greek term Hades for the Hebrew Sheol, but often with Jewish rather than Greek concepts in mind.
In the Jewish concept of Sheol, such as expressed in Ecclesiastes, Sheol or Hades is a place where there is no activity.
* Hades has similarities to the Old Testament term, Sheol as “the place of the dead” or “grave”. Thus, it is used in reference to both the righteous and the wicked, since both wind up there eventually.
* Gehenna refers to the “Valley of Hinnom”, which was a garbage dump outside of Jerusalem.
It was a place where people burned their garbage thus there was always a fire burning there.[contradictory] Bodies of those deemed to have died in sin without hope of salvation (such as people who committed suicide) were thrown there to be destroyed
Gehenna is used in the New Testament as a metaphor for the final place of punishment for the wicked after the resurrection.
Tartaróō (the verb “throw to Tartarus”, used of the fall of the Titans in Illiad 14.296) occurs only once in the New Testament in II Peter 2:4, where it is parallel to the use of the noun form in 1 Enoch as the place of incarceration of the fallen angels.
It mentions nothing about human souls being sent there in the afterlife.
3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people.
And God himself will be with them.f 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.i The former things have passed away.”
If heaven was from the beginning, when was hell created
Now if one has an immortal soul they are alive. Their name should then be in the book of life. But the lake of fire is only for those who’s names are not in the book of life. That creates a paradox.
Now there are those who still may insist hell is a place of eternal torture by fire.
This SLANDERS God as being an evil and vindictive being who would torture people for eternity for doing something that they cannot prevent doing (See Romans 5:12).
The bible states the “wages of sin is death”, not eternal punishment in fire (See Romans 6:23).
When it comes to the bible there are hundreds of “interpretations” of what it states.
I have cited scripture to support this comment from the bible objectively based on what the scriptures themselves state. There will be those that do not agree with this comment, that is OK.
My comment provides scriptural information for consideration not debate. I tell no one what to believe
Is it true that Hell and Heaven are places on Earth?
No it is not. It is a mental state, not a place to go. This delusion comes from the fact that many people, even christians, cannot comprehend what true spirituality is.
Since our senses are so focused on the material world, they think that God’s world must also be material.
But material and spirit are quite different things. Spirit is our inner world of thoughts, feelings, memories and such, that belong to our consciousness.
They are not located in our brain, as many materialists might think. The brain is only our tool to get in touch with the spiritual side of reality.
How could we otherwise have memories from a very early age, when the cells of our body are constantly being exchanged?
There are many such inconsistencies that are difficult to explain if we assume that the only thing that exist is the material part of our world.
But still, it is hard to deviate from that which we experience as the “true” nature of our senses, since they are so predominant. We ought to pay more focus to our inner world, since that is the true aspect of life.
Humans create gods in their image, but not the other way around. With that in mind it is pretty easy to understand why the “holy books” were written the way they were.
Back in the day people used to have a problem explaining by which authority one person could dictate how other people must behave.
For example, some old men got concerned with homosexuality getting out of hand in their tribe. They can go “we are old and wise and believe that having gay sex is bad”.
That would not work as everyone would tell them to go take a hike. So they had to come out and say “ God thinks that gay sex is bad, and he will punish you”.
As it is fairly evident that God is kind of lazy and arbitrary in delivering punishment/perils – everyone gets the same hardships whether they sinned or not,
they needed to say that this will happen in the afterlife. And you need to make that story scary – a slap on the wrist won’t do as nobody would be impressed,
so it has to be horrible eternal punishment. This now sounds pretty impressive. And you might as well throw in a story about paradise.