Gehenna was the name of a valley near Jerusalem which, in the time of Jesus, was used as a garbage dump. Even the bodies of convicted criminals were disposed of there. A fire was continually burning to consume the trash. Jesus spoke of Gehenna several times but the word is usually translated as “Hell.” Did the translators make a mistake or was Jesus applying the name of the valley to a place of future punishment? Many false teachers who deny the existence of Hell claim that Jesus was only talking about the valley. The best way to answer this question is to look at what Jesus said about it. Read the rest of this entry
It is a common belief among Christians that when a person dies he immediately goes either to Heaven or to Hell and remains there for all eternity. A careful study of the Bible shows that this is not correct, although it is very close to the truth.