What is the difference between Sheol, Hades, Hell, Lake of Fire, Paradise, and Abraham's Bosom?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The different terms used in the Bible for heaven and hell-sheol, hades, gehenna, the lake of fire, paradise, and Abraham's bosom-are the subject of much debate and can be confusing.  The word "para...

July 01 2013 3 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Carl Naitram
How could it mean today thou wilt be with me in Paradise... meaning Heaven when the Bible tells us the Lord went to hell... hades for three days and three nights. Peter also tells us He went and preach to the spirits in prison. Then after He was risen He told Mary Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

If it is to heaven the thief went that day then what is the joy of the resurrection for the ultimate joy must be being in heaven in the presence of the Lord.

July 17 2013 10 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Aurel Gheorghe
Abraham's Bosom is mentioned one time, and only in one of the gospels, (Luke 16), in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. The many allegoric elements of the story makes it clear that this is a parable and trying to extrapolate any information about Abraham's Bosom location destination might be difficult. 

The word "hell" is translated from several different words with various meanings:

In the OT hell is mentioned 31 times from "Sheol," which means the grave."

In the NT hell is mentioned 10 times from "Hades," which means "the grave."

12 times from "Gehenna," which means "the place of burning."

1 time from "Tartarus," which means "a place of darkness." 54 times in total 

The Greek word "Gehenna" is a transliteration of the Hebrew "Ge-Hinnom," which means the "Valley of Hinnom." This valley, which lies immediately south and west of Jerusalem, was a place where dead animals, garbage, and other refuse were dumped. Fire burned constantly, as it does at modern sanitation dump sites. The Bible uses "Gehenna" or the "Valley of Hinnom" as a symbol of the fire that will destroy the lost at the end of time. The fire of Gehenna was not unending, otherwise it would be still burning southwest of Jerusalem today. Neither will the fire of hell be unending.

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