Does The Bible Say You Can Come Back From Hell?


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Brock Samson Profile
Brock Samson answered
I'm going to forgo the typical response, and answer you with the biblical interpretation of what "hell" is and why (as taught by the Christian Bible) you can return from it. Keep in mind, though, that all of this is created from the imaginations of man and therefore can not be construed as any type of truth, but rather part of a grand narrative belonging to a very old, recycled story. But I digress... As a word, the original Hebrew word 'sheol', translated 'hell', means 'a covered place'. 'Hell' is the Anglicized version of 'sheol'; thus when we read of 'hell' we are not reading a word which has been fully translated. A 'helmet' is literally a 'hell-met', meaning a covering for the head. Biblically, this 'covered place', or 'hell', is the grave. There are many examples where the original word 'sheol' is translated 'grave'. Indeed, some modern Bible versions scarcely use the word 'hell', translating it more properly as 'grave'. A few examples of where this word 'sheol' is translated 'grave' should torpedo the popular conception of hell as a place of fire and torment for the wicked. The belief that hell is a place of punishment for the wicked from which they cannot escape just cannot be squared with this; a righteous man can go to hell (the grave) and come out again. Seeing that 'hell' is the grave, it is to be expected that the righteous will be saved from it through their resurrection to eternal life. Thus it is quite possible to enter 'hell', or the grave, and later to leave it through resurrection.
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Walter Doolittle
Walter Doolittle commented
You better read your Bible more often and look at it closer cause once you are in hell you can't come back from it. The Bible states there is a great gulf fixed between Heaven & Hell that you can't go between.
Brock Samson
Brock Samson commented
A) The Gospel of Peter (Revelation of St. Peter) clearly states that God allowed Moses to visit both Heaven and Hell.

B) The bible also states that the stars were shaken by an earthquake and fell to the Earth (Rev. 6:12-14)

C) I could sit here and debate this with you all day, but in the end we are simply arguing over something which doesn't exist.
Ron Day
Ron Day commented
Yes, the Bible shows that Jesus went to the Bible hell (sheol/hades) and paid wages of sin, providing the way for all in the dead in Bible hell (those in hades are really dead; they are not alive) in hades to be brought back to life in the last day, when Yahweh comes to judge the world by means of His son. Yes, absolutely every one the Bible hell will indeed be restored to life . . -- Psalm 96; Psalm 98; Isa 2:2-4; John 12:47,48; Acts 17:31; Rom 5:12-19; 1 Tim 2:5,6; Rev 20:12-15.
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Ron Day answered
The Valley of Hinnom (Gehenna) that Jesus speaks of as recorded in Matthew 5:22,29,30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15,33; Mark 9:43,45,47; Luke 12:5 and that James speaks as recorded in James 3:6 does not correspond with meaning of the word hell (a covering, a covered place). The Valley of Hinnom is wide open and is not covered at all. The fires in that valley could be clearly seen by anyone who would gaze into the valley. The word "hell" as a covered place corresponds more correctly with the usages of the words sheol and hades in the Bible. It describes the oblivious unseen (as though covered from human eyes) condition of the realm of death. Gehenna corresponds with the second death, symbolized by the lake of fire.

In the King James translation of the Bible, sheol and hades are translated hell 41 times, grave 32 times and pit 3 times and frequently when translated hell, the margin reads, “or, the
grave,” or vice vera. — Psalm 49:15; 55:15; 86:13; Isaiah 14:9; Jonah 2:2; 1 Corinthians  15:55; Revelation 20:13.

Contrary to the idea that any part of hell is a place of fire, torture, shrieks, etc., the Bible says: “There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, where you are going.” – “in death there is no memory of you. In Sheol, who shall give you thanks?” – “For Sheol can’t praise you, death can’t celebrate you.” — Ecclesiastes 9:10; Psalm 6:5; Isaiah 38:18.

Good people, as well as bad, go to sheol (hell) at death: E.g., Jacob went down to sheol  (Genesis 37:35); Job prayed to go to sheol, to be hidden there, until the resurrection (Job 14:13). Nor do the good go to an alleged section of sheol called “paradise” at death. (Paradise is never depicted as a section of sheol or hades.) Instead of going to paradise at death, David expected to be in condition in sheol where he could not give thanks to Yahweh and we further read that “Sheol can’t praise you, death can’t celebrate you.” These descriptions of the righteous in sheol do not reflect the added-on idea that paradise was ever a compartment in sheol. — Psalm 6:5; Isaiah 38:18.

Jesus made his human soul “an offering for sin”; he “poured out his soul to death” (Isaiah 53:10, 12; Matthew 26:38), and descended into the Bible hell, but “his soul was not left in hell
[sheol/hades - a state of unknowing].” Thus, Jesus’ soul was in the Bible hell while he was dead, but it did not remain there. His, “soul”, however in coming out of sheol, was not the sacrificed human soul, a little lower than the angels, which was offered once for all time on
behalf of mankind, but was the exalted glorified soul, for he was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. — Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27,31,33; 5:31; Philippians 2:9; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 3:18.

Jesus is not suffering for eternity to pay the wages of sin, but he died once for sin. God  through Christ ransoms all, not from eternal torture or eternal conscious suffering, but “from the power of the grave [sheol]” (Hosea 13:14, King James Version). None, however, actually come forth from sheol/hades until Jesus calls them in the resurrection awakening at His Second Advent (John 14:3; 1 Corinthians 15:21-23, 52), when (and not previously) the  apostle Paul and others receive their crowns of life and rewards, and the world receives its new judgment day. — 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 1:5; 5:4; Luke 14:14.
Israela Profile
Israela answered

.Pss.139[8] If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in  hell, behold, thou art there.Prov.15[11]  Hell and destruction are before the LORD: How much more then the hearts of the children of men?[24] The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from  hell beneath..Prov.27[20]  Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.Isa.5[14] Therefore  hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: And their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth,
shall descend into it.Isa.14[9]  Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: It stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.[15] Yet thou shalt be brought down to  hell, to the sides of the pit.Isa.28[15] Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with  hell
are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through,
it shall not come unto us: For we have made lies our refuge, and under
falsehood have we hid ourselves:[18] And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with  hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.Matt.5[22] But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: But whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of  hell fire.Matt.10[28]
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul: But rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in  hell..Matt.16[18] And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of  hell shall not prevail against it.Matt.18[9]
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 fire.Matt.23[15]Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of  hellthan yourselves.[33] Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of  hell?:.Luke.16[23] And in  hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.Acts.2[27] Because thou wilt not leave my soul in  hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.[31] He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in  hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.Jas.3[6]And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: So is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the
course of nature; and it is set on fire of  hell.2Pet.2[4] For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to  hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;Rev.1[18] I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of  hell and of death.

james caison Profile
james caison answered
No, the word "hell" is not mentioned in the bible.
Walter Doolittle Profile
If you are not a born again Christian and you die you will go to hell and you can not come back from it.
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Brock Samson
Brock Samson commented
You can't be serious. Do you honestly believe that? According to the World Census Bureau, out of everyone belonging to any of the countless Christian sects, approximately 33 million people consider them selves "born again". 3/4 of those people live in the United States. This means (according to you) that only 0.485% of the entire world population is "going to heaven", and out of that retardedly small #, ~25 million of the 33 million people will be Americans. You can't really be that stupid.
Alex Beierle
Alex Beierle commented
The real number of people going to heaven will probably smaller than that.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The bible says there is a great gulf fixed. So once you cross into hell or to heaven you can never come back.

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