What Did Jesus Say About ‘Hell’?




What Did Jesus Say About ‘Hell’?



What Did Jesus Say About ‘Hell’?

“Jehovah’s Witnesses” teach that ‘Hell’ and ‘the grave’ are synonymous terms, that they mean the same thing, and are therefore interchangeable terms.

I know this well because I was taught this, believed it, and preach it to the public as one of “Jehovah’s Witness” the majority of my life. I began preaching this from door to door at age eight in 1959. I did so in ignorance of the real truth and because I was putting trust in “earthling man” and another human being’s reasoning ability. Christ had to cleanse my mind.

Here is the standard remarks of a “Jehovah’s Witness” about ‘hell’:

Quote:”Hell is the Grave ( the condition in which life ceases Eccl. 9:10 until such Time as The Resurrection of The Just and Unjust begins Acts 24:15. In KJV Old Testament the Hebrew word “ Sheol “ translated 31 Times Hell, 31 Times Grave, 3 Times Pit.”

“Jehovah’s Witnesses” have a habit mix things that shouldn’t be because they are things that have nothing in common with one another.

When Scripture speaks of “Gehenna”, “Lake of fire”, “Hell”, it is not referring to the common grave or state of the dead who have died the death due to original sin. ‘Hell’ is not the wages of sin as it is in the Adamic death we as humans suffer. ‘Hell’ is the wages for being wicked.

Today when most people use the term ‘hell’ they are not talking about the condition in common grave.

The word ‘Hell’ as most people use it, is not referring to common grave nor the state of the human dead from inherited sin.

We can know this for a certainty. It is IMPOSSIBLE for that to be the case because Jesus himself stated ‘who’ hell was created for and it wasn’t for humans. He refers to this state of existence as “the eternal fire”:

“Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!”

Matthew 25:41 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Jesus said that this state of existence was created for “the devil and his angels” and not a human being. So it is clear that ‘hell’ is not mankind’s resting place after death.

Why do I know Hell exist? Because Jesus said it does. Do you believe what Jesus says or do you find it necessary to modify his words to fit what you prefer to believe?

Hell exist because Christ said it does.

“Jehovah’s Witnesses” do not believe that we are ‘spirit creatures’ poured into fleshly bodies.

They believe that God’s “spirit” that is in us is basically some ‘atmosphere of energy’ or ‘air’ breathed into us by God at birth and at that then we become a “living soul”. They believe and teach that God’s spirit in us is like start up power and not a living thing…’alive’.

They refer to it as “God’s active force”.

But their other teachings certainly infer that ‘something’ survives death that can be asleep and awaken. But they deny man is a ‘spirit’ in flesh. If we are nothing but flesh with an ‘air’ of energy blown into us, then what is it that is sleeping then in death?

How do they make sense then of these words also uttered by Jesus?

“Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

If nothing of us survives death of the body, how could his words above have any real meaning. What could possibly be a fate worse than death to an already unconscious spirit? Is the first resurrection’s purpose to wake the dead simple to inform them they won’t be being resurrected to life and to say to them “Now go back to sleep”? What purpose would that serve?

The Second Death is not Adamic death repeated.

That death is not the ceasing of our existence is clear in Jesus’ words that upon his arrival he summon all the dead from the tomb. Summon ‘what’ if nothing exist after we die?

John 5:28-29

“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” New King James Version

“Jehovah’s Witness” beliefs about the ‘spirit’ aspect of human existence cuts off any further consideration that eternal torment in Hell is even possible.

The word ‘Hell’ as most people use it, is not referring to common grave nor the state of the human dead from inherited sin.

We know that for a certainty. It is impossible for that to be the case because Jesus himself stated ‘who’ hell was created for and it wasn’t for humans. He refers to this state of existence as “the eternal fire”:

“Jehovah’s Witnesses’ have no rational explanation of Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the wicked rich man. What Jesus said is impossible within their belief. They avoid discussion of this passage of Scripture as a result. It just doesn’t fit in to what they want to believe.

Watchtower Society disciples do not prove themselves to be disciples of Christ. “You cannot serve two masters”.

Matthew 6:24

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other;” King James Version

I am reminded of the situation between the devil and the woman Eve in the Garden of Eden and the scene of original sin.

There the devil posed a question to Eve that opened the door to Eve’s thinking independent from the express words of God. After God had unambiguously stated the penalty for disobedience to His command, the devil questioned whether it was so. It was a question that should have never been considered.

The woman Eve was even able to recite the commandment back to Satan. But the he was able to sow doubt in her mind as to whether God would really carry out what He said He would or that God even meant what He said. He asked Eve, ”Is it really so…?”

Even though Christ said Hell is real and exist, even though he states that it was created for Satan and his demons, even though he said those there will be tormented forever, even though he offers a parable of a man in Heaven and a man in Hell having a meeting after they both have died, “Jehovah’s Witnesses” do just as the Tempter did to Eve by casting doubt and confusion on something clearly stated by Christ Jesus about Hell.




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