I’ve been watching three different forums that are very deep into the debates on hell and eternal destruction. But I kept noting that in these threads, some people call it hades and some call it hell. Which is it and why the two different names? Does it have anything to do with the different sources of the bible?
The Silver Surfer
The Greek word for Hell is “γεεννα” Gehenna. There are some that claim that the KJV was wrong in it’s translation using “γεεννα” instead of the Greek word “αδης” Hades. When Paul wrote his letters in Greek, knew that the Hellenistic converts would have a problem understanding the concept of Gehenna Hell, he had no choice but to use a word they would understand, and then in many places defined that it wasn’t the pagan concept where the god Hades ruled, but the place in the Hebrew that meant eternal punishment referred to by Jesus in Luke 16:23-24.
So when Paul used the word αδης, it meant Hell and not Hades. The Apostle was describing the very same place Jesus described when telling about Lazarus and the rich man. 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. Hades was a place where the ancient Greeks believed ALL would spend eternity in bliss, torment, or oblivion. Hell on the other hand, is a place of eternal condemnation for the damned. Two different and distinct definitions.
So Hell was the correct word used in the KJV, despite what the critics say who are using the Alexandrian Text instead of the Received Text to get their understanding. Origen, the man who was responsible for creating the Alexandrian Text, didn’t have a clue either when he created his translation from the Received Text from Antioch.