Food for Thought, Hell or Hades

If you’re a Christian who speaks English, no doubt you’re using an English translation bible. Right? And if you want to be on the cutting edge of bibles, why would you want to use something as old and archaic as the King James Version. Of course you wouldn’t when you have treasures like the New International Version, Holman Christian Standard Bible, the New King James Version, etc., etc., etc…

But are these new treasures or are they traps? Let me explain so I’m not misunderstood.

Have you noticed that these new versions have replaced the title “Hell” with “Hades”? Now, I’m not trying to nitpick here, but what on earth does hell have to do with ancient Greek mythology? Nothing actually. Hades was a place where the ancient Greeks believed everybody would spend eternity in bliss or torment. Hell on the other hand is a place of eternal condemnation for the damned. These are two different and distinct places. Hell is a literal place that separates the soul from the All Mighty God, and not anything like the pagan belief that is run by the god Hades.

  • (KJV) Luke:16:22: And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
  • (NIV) Luke:16:22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
  • (HCSB) Luke:16:22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side.[e] The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 
  • (NKJV) Luke:16:22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Let my friend David Daniels explain…

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