Is HELL a place of Torment?

HELL 5

HELL FIRE  TORMENT IS  A  PAGAN  IDEA

“In ancient Babylonian and Assyrian beliefs
the “nether world …is pictured as a place full of
horrors, and is presided over by gods and demons
of great strength and Fierceness.”
-The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
 Boston, 1898, Morris Jastrow, Jr., p. 581

“The idea of suffering after death
is found among the pagan religious teachings
of ancient peoples in Babylon and Egypt…
they portray the “Other World” as featuring
“pits of fire” for “the damned.”    
=(The Book of the Dead)
with introduction by E. Wallis Budge,
1960, pp. 135,144, 149, 151, 153, 161

“The ancient Roman Emperors kept power over the
ignorant masses by creating myths of the afterlife
to keep them locked up in fear.”
-Source- What the hell is “Hell”
                by Gary Amirault  

“The (pagan) belief in immediate transit of individual souls after death
to a state of perfect blessedness (heaven),
or to a state of continuous punishment (hell),
or to an intermediate state of purification (purgatory)
has greatly weakened the expectation of Christ’s Coming.”
-Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D.
Retired Professor of Theology, Andrews University 
 

“Pagan ideas of a fiery underworld
date back as far as Nimrod.
By the third century AD, many distortions
of Bible doctrine had resulted from the church
carelessly allowing pagan beliefs to mix with
Apostolic teachings.”
-Shedding Light on Dark Age Doctrines:
Eternal Torment
Bible Students.com  

“The traditional concept of Hell
does NOT come from the inspired Hebrew
or Greek manuscripts.  It is a pagan myth
adopted as Christian doctrine in the third
century by church fathers.”
– The Traditional Concept of HELL
 by Anthony V. Gaudiano  

“The traditional concept of sinners being
tormented for all eternity in a fiery hell
is clearly from the imaginations of PAGANS!”
– The Traditional Concept of HELL
 by Anthony V. Gaudiano 

“The main features of hell as conceived by Hindu,
Persian, Egyptian, Grecian, and Christian theologians
are essentially the same.  The Western religious
from Roman times through the Middle Ages borrowed
the doctrine of eternal torture from the Pagan
Philosophers.”
-Encyclopedia Americana
under Article – “HELL” 

“The Traditioal Concept of Hell is A Myth.”
– The Traditional Concept of HELL
 by Anthony V. Gaudiano 

PAGAN DOCTRINES ADOPTED BY CHRISTENDOM

“It must not be forgotten that contact with the
heathen had corrupted the opinions of the Jews,
at the time of our Savior.  By receiving the traditions
and fables of paganism, they had made void the
word of God. 
.”
– THE BIBLE HELL; by J.W. Hanson, D.D.
     Fourth Edition; Boston; 1888 

THE  DEAD  ARE  ASLEEP

“…for when a man dies,
“His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth;
in that very day his thoughts perish.”
(Ps. 115:17; 146:4).

“For the living know that they shall die:
but the dead know not anything ….
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;
for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom,
in the grave,  whither thou goest.”  
(Ecclesiastes 9: 5 and 10)

“The living at least know they will die,
but the dead know nothing….”
(Ecclesiastes 9:5)(NLT)-BibleGateway

THE  WAGES  OF  SIN  IS  DEATH
“NOT”  ETERNAL  TORMENT

“For the wages of sin is DEATH,
but the gift of God is eternal life.”
(Romans 6:23)(NIV)-BibleGateway  

HELL  AND  BIBLE  TRANSLATORS

“Much confusion and misunderstanding has been caused
through the early translators of the Bible
persistently rendering the Hebrew ‘Sheol’
and the Greek ‘Hades’ and ‘Gehenna’ by the word ‘hell’.
The simple transliteration of these words
by the translators of the revised editions of the Bible
has not sufficed to appreciably clear up this confusion
and misconception.”
-The Encyclopedia Americana (1942), Vol. XIV, p. 81. 

 ‘Hell’ is not a translation. It is a word that has been
inserted by translators into the Bible because of their
preconceived ideas about a place of eternal torment.
This idea is fast losing ground today as modern translators
realise that Hebrew words like ‘sheol’, simply meant –
the grave to the original inspired writers of the  Scriptures
and “NOT” a place of torment.

The prevailing pagan idea, at the time of the translation
of the King James Version, about hell being a place
where the wicked are being tormented, had influenced
the translators’ interpretation of the Hebrew word “Sheol”.

Translation Use of “HELL”

Old

Testament

New

Testament

Total

King James Version

31

23

54

New King James Version

19

13

32

American Standard Version

0

13

13

New American Standard Version

0

13

13

Revised Standard Version

0

13

13

New Revised Standard Version

0

13

13

New International Version

0

12

12

Revised English Bible

0

13

13

Derby Translation

0

12

12

Amplified Bible

0

13

13

New Century Version

0

12

12

New Living Translation

0

13

13

Rotherham Emphasized

0

 

0

New American Bible (1986)

0

 

0

World English Bible

0

 

0

J.B. Philips

0

 

1

Young s Literal NT

 

 

0

John Wesley s NT

 

 

0

New Covenant (1884)

 

 

0

Western NT (1959)

 

 

0

NT of Our Lord and Savior anointed (1958)

 

 

0

Concordance Literal NT (1983)

 

 

0

Christian Bible (1991)

0

 

0

 

“There are in fact so many strong biblical, doctrinal,
and logical arguments against the existence
of a literal hell that this question naturally arises:
Why do the churches teach it and why do people often believe it?”
– U.S. Catholic magazine 
 

HELL  AND  PURGATORY
USED  FOR  RELIGIOUS  EXTORTION

“An ancient custom of the Church
is the offering of a daily Mass
for 30 days for a soul in Purgatory.
After the Masses are said, the soul
would immediately be freed from
Purgatory and enter Heaven.”
-Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls
 PWHS; a Catholic Apostolate
The AHS is under the care of the
MONASTERY PIUS XII in Fatima, Portugal. 
 

“The excruciating pain,
the burning agony and the intense
longing for God. All these, and more,
torment the poor souls in Purgatory.
It is a misty place full of fire,
a prison of suffering.  It is a
cleansing process they have to
undergo before they are accepted
into the Kingdom of God. Many think
that it is practically impossible for
the ordinary Christian to avoid Purgatory.
The poor souls wait for their release
through prayers, masses and acts of
charity offered by the living. The poor
souls cannot pray for themselves.
-Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls
 PWHS; a Catholic Apostolate
The AHS is under the care of the
MONASTERY PIUS XII in Fatima, Portugal. 

“You will notice that it is not just
any ordinary indulgence which would only
knock a bit off of your term of punishment
in Purgatory for sins committed during
your life. Pope Benedict XVI is offering
the gold-card plenary indulgence which
remits all purgatorial punishment.
Do not hang about in Heaven’s
detention centre; proceed directly
to the Pearly Gates.”
-Source- “Need a free pass out of
Purgatory?”-The Lourdes will provide TOM
The Sunday Herald,  Dec 9, 2007 
  by TOM SHIELDS 

“Just as in the 15th and 16th centuries
you could sleep with your sister and kill
and lie without fear of eternal damnation,
today you can live exactly as you please
as long as you give your ducats (money) to
one of the companies selling indulgences.”
-Selling Indulgences
  By George Monbiot.
Published in the Guardian
 18th October 2006 

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