Hell is the place of eternal damnation (punishment). When Jesus made reference to Hell, He was referring to a place of punishment. In Luke 16:23-26, Jesus told one story about a man in Hell as being in torment, flames, and pain. Some suggest it is only a parable, but this is not the case. Jesus told many parables but never used real names of specific individuals as He did here.
The word “Hell” as used in the Bible, has been interpreted from numerous terms in the original Hebrew or Greek. Gehenna and Sheol are used in the Old Testament, whereas the New Testament introduces the concept of a Lake of Fire. The Biblical understanding of Hell is based on the Hebrew and Greek historical references which can be translated differently based on the context. Two terms are translated Hell or Hades. [see also Hades, Tartarus, Gehenna, Lake of Fire]« Back to Glossary Index