A Question I Was Asked:

You Are All Wrong About Hell and Many Other Things...

There is NO "HELL" There is Hades, Gehenna and tartarus ...I can SHOW scripture if you need it...THESE are NOT my words but that of the Bible ...and also the Lake of fire which is the second death...which does no kill but changes people and things (1st Cor. 15:26) death is changed in the Lake of fire. the Bible says 'destroyed' but the Greek says G2673 changed..made of no effect, made useless....the same thing happens to satan..Heb. 2:14 G2673... and also the saved will experience the Lake of fire, the second death, if they are not faithful...Rev. 2:11. You are all wrong about hell and many other things.

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, it would seem that you are either a Jehovah's Witness or have been seriously affected by their teachings in the past, you now need to throw off some of these things and move forward in knowledge, but you are arrogant, feeling you already know everything. Therefore - I must ask - why come to me?

Let us see if I can help with some of these random points, though I doubt you will consider correcting yourself. I find dreadful confusion in your email (which I have only partly quoted due to its unreasonable length and somewhat confused approach).

1. Regarding Hell, you start off by being partly correct. Hell is translated from one of three Greek words, and one Hebrew word:

a. Sheol (Hebrew). This Hebrew word 'sheol' means something like , 'grave' or 'pit,' it is roughly comparable to the Greek 'hades.'

b. Hades (Greek). The place of the grave, death.

c. Tartaroo (Greek). This word occurs just once in the Bible (in 2 Peter 2:4), it refers to something like 'the lowest part of the abyss' and it does carry something of the sense of eternal torment, but it refers to the place of imprisonment for the angels who rebelled against God. This word is never used in Scripture in connection with the eternal punishment of men and women.

d. Gehenna (Greek). This refers to the Lake of Fire and is the most fearsome use of the word, usually translated as 'hell.' It refers to the place (valley of Hinnom) where refuse was burned outside Jerusalem. This came to be seen as representative of the place of final, or everlasting punishment. This word only occurs 11 times in Holy Scripture. So-called "Hellfire preachers" of the past really should have noted that this is a very rare word in Scripture.

I admit that of these four words only the last of them (gehenna) deserved to be translated as 'hell,' this is where certain earlier Bible translations certainly erred. However, I am here being challenged based on the philosophy of a group who - completely uninvited - knock on millions of doors every year spreading incredible mis-information about Holy Scripture and it's true and authentic teaching!

Despite what my questioner states, nowhere in Scripture is this word (gehenna) used to threaten or intimidate true believers. My questioner's final statement proclaims that, "the saved will experience the Lake of fire, the second death, if they are not faithful." Hmm, a very odd statement indeed, so she (I understand that my questioner is a 'she') does not believe that 'the saved' are necessarily 'saved' at all. There are terrible confusions not only in the part of the email which I have quoted, but in the large part I saw no point in quoting. If the "saved" (her definition) are possibly not 'saved' after all, then why the following:

27. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30. I and the Father are one." (John 10:27-30; NIV throughout).

Neither obviously does she believe that deceased true believers have any hope of a residence in heaven, in those years leading up to the Second Coming, but compare that opinion to that of John the Apostle:

2. My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:2-3).

I could pick up many other points from the email which was sent to me, but sometimes there is little point.

My questioner has a very low opinion of this ministry, that is fine. No one requests that she or other 'Witness-inspired' people come here to read our material. Certainly, I always stand to be corrected, that is fine, but I refuse to be corrected by adherents of the 'watchtower' organisation in which leaders make up explanations for the parts of the Bible they simply don't understand! Moreover, they have been doing this since 1879, never correcting themselves over very clear teaching errors and misunderstandings of New Testament Greek.

Robin A. Brace. March 28th, 2018.