Cutting "hell" Out Of My Vocabulary

Note: There is nothing inappropriate about this story, even though it's been labeled with a stop sign and a "mature" warning. Please read on.

(Earlier today, I posted this as my answer to the question, "Do you believe in hell?" I thought it'd be good to turn my answer into a story as well.)

Recently I've decided to cut hell out of my serious vocabulary, except for when it's needed in the traditional sense in order for someone to understand what I'm saying. When I'm speaking precisely, I don't plan on using the word hell anymore.
I believe in a place called Sheol (in Hebrew) or Hades (in Greek). It's the place where dead go in the "lower parts of the earth". In the Old Testament times and when Jesus was on earth, it was divided into two parts---upper and lower, the upper part being Paradise, and the lower part being a place of torment, with a great rift between the two. Jesus Himself went to the Paradise division of Sheol/Hades, and when He rose again, He emptied it out. Now the Old Testament saints and present age saints are in Heaven. Now, only the wicked go to Sheol/Hades, in the Torment part of it.
Someday, Sheol/Hades will open and its members will be judged at the throne of God; whoever's name is missing from the Book of Life will then be sent to the Lake of Fire (Gehenna is the Greek word Jesus used in reference to the eternal Lake of Fire). Like a friend of mine said, the wicked will only be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
The reason I want to cut "hell" out of my vocabulary is because some people say Sheol/Hades is hell, and others say the Lake of Fire and/or Gehenna is hell. It could lead to confusion and misunderstandings if the definition of hell is not clarified. So my own preference is to use Sheol/Hades and the Lake of Fire instead of the word "hell"; I think that word choice would be much more precise.
Brieks07 Brieks07
22-25, F
1 Response Jul 24, 2010

Thanks for commenting. =)