04 March 2013
Last Updated on 01 September 2013
Hell is simply the grave, as taught in the Bible. Where do we go when we die? The Bible is very clear on this subject. Christ, the apostles, and the prophets teach that when a person dies they are asleep in a state of inactivity until the time of their resurrection. Some clergy explain that when someone dies, good people go to heaven and bad people go to "hell", being tortured by demons for all eternity. This false teaching has been passed on as an accepted belief for centuries. Some clergy say the deceased are now "looking down from heaven, watching over you". Have you ever been to a funeral where the clergyman says, "This man didn't quite live up to the standard and is now screaming at us from below, being tortured by a fiery landscape of brimstone and dwelling among devils?" Probably not. To condemn an individual this way would be to judge him, and the Bible says it’s not time for judgment" (Ecclesiastes 3:17, 12:14). If they declare a person is in heaven, is that not also making a judgment on them? It is not for us to judge.
Also, reason this, that the Bible teaches that we either live forever or die forever (Deuteronomy 30:19). If a person was being tortured for all eternity, wouldn't he or she still be alive? When a person dies, they are asleep in the grave until their time of resurrection (Daniel 12:2).
9. Hell Is Simply the Grave
The Grave Hell (Strong’s Concordance #7585) in the Hebrew translation meaning Sheol or “grave”.
When people die, they sleep in the grave until the time of judgment.
When people are dead, they have no thoughts or actions.
Jonah 1:17, 2:1-2
Jonah cried to God from his would-be grave.
When Jesus Christ died, he was put into his tomb, but was not left in hell (the grave). His Father brought him back to life after three days and three nights. (See also 1 Kings 2:10 and Matthew 12:40.)
Death and the grave (hell) are eliminated.