So I want to take a trip back to the day of Jesus and what he himself preached to people. Firstly Jesus was jewish and as a jew their ideology does not mention a hell as we know it to be. What was Jesus really saying? We need to take a look at the words prescribed to the notion of hell and their definition.
Hell- /hel/ Noun: A place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering.
Sheol- /SHēôl/ The Hebrew underworld, abode of the dead. Later ascribed to the word limbo or purgatory.
Gehenna- noun: The valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where propitiatory sacrifices were made to Moloch. II Kings 23:10. A deep narrow glen to the south of Jerusalem where adulterous jews offered their children as sacrifice. It afterwards became a receptical for the refuse of the city. Here the dead bodies of the animals, criminals and all kinds of filth were cast and consumed by fire kept always burning.
Queber- grave, pit.
What we do know is that, the translated word for hell (that Jesus used 11 out of the 12 times he said it) was the word Gehenna. We know Gehenna was an actual place outside the city he lived in.
So considering that lets re-read a passage where he used Gehenna translated into the kjv as hell and see if it makes sense...
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
"And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell (Gehenna) fire."
So a rough literal interpratation would be as follows:
If you look at a chick and want to bang her or you covet your neighbors ****, you should go ahead and gouge your eyes out. Its better to live a pious riotous life with one eye, than to have both sinful eyes and be tossed in the fire across the hill over there where all the other trash and all the other sinfull assholes are! - that's modern talk
But anyway the point is if you read all of the passages where jesus mentioned hell, he was talking about Gehenna.... a real place in Jerusalem. They used the word hell as its translation.
I would like to get some opinions ..