Did Jesus descend into hell 3 days ?
This is a good question and it seems that the person asking the question is confounding two different things. One the death of Jesus and one is a verse found in 1 Peter that says Jesus went to preach to those who were bound . I love the bible as it takes careful reading to understand . Yet we can only understand the bible through the Holy Spirt .
Many times people think there are contradictions in the bible because we read too fast, we do not look at the context. First let us see if Jesus went to hell when He died . But above al let us see if there is a hell ? Did Jesus descend into hell 3 days ? If not who did go to those bound to preach ?
Did Jesus descend into hell 3 days ? Is there a hell
This is the verse about supposedly Jesus going to hell to preach .
1 Pet. 3:18–20 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.
Hell is a pagan concept that is not found in the bible . The bible always talks about eternal destruction or eternal salvation . The bible does use words such as They will burn forever and ever or for ages. What does it mean .
MT 3 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Here the word unquenchable means that the fire will not be put out until it does its job . We need to keep in mind when we read the bible that we need to understand how God speaks . God has a way of speaking and his expressions are very different that how we speak today . Plus the words in the bible date back to 1611 in the King James bible and have different meaning that today ;
Did Jesus descend into hell 3 days ? Meaning of the words
For exempla when Genesis says refill, in the king James bible times refill meant fill . Even if the glass was never filled, someone would say refill. Paul says I wanted to go to Jerusalem but i was let. Let means allowed today. In bible times it means the opposite, it meant i was hindered. The words unquenchable or forever does not mean the fires will burn forever ?
It means the fires will continue until they do their work. It means that the outcome of the fire will be forever. This is the 1611 meaning of the words. When we burn a book biblically we can say The book burned forever ? Did the book burn forever ? No but the outcome is forever. Forever the book will be no more, forever the book will not come back to life, forever the book will be out of existence. But the book did not burn forever ? The book burned until the fire did its job .
Did Jesus descend into hell 3 days ? No and let us continue learning about the apparent contradictions in the bible about hell. Note they are only apparent .
MT 25 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Here the same meaning is intended and the meaning of the expression everlasting punishment does not mean the punishment will be forever ? It means that the outcome of the fires of hell will destroy people forever . The outcome of the punishment will be forever. But the bible never says there will be forever punishing.
MT 10 28 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.
Here Jesus says plainly that God will destroy the soul and body in hell . This hell is the fire at the end of the millennium . When the 1000 years end, when the holy city descends, the people who will have rejected Jesus will be raised up to be destroyed forever.
Re 20 says God will send fire and He will destroy the wicked. The word destroy or consume is plain . It means they will be no more .
RE 20 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
MT 25 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
There is a fire prepared for the wicked it is the end of millennium fire . But nowhere does the bible say that this fire will burn forever. God is too good to make people burn forever in hell for a few sins during their 80 years lifespan . This would be terribly unjust from God to make people burn forever for a few years of being selfish, proud, unloving, unkind, dishonest.
Did Jesus descend into hell 3 days ? Verses about eternal destruction
JA 1 15 Sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” Sin brings forrth death. Here too it does not say death comes right away . As with Adam and Eve they did not die right away bit death came . Here it is talking about eternal death that the wicked have chosen to partake of .
RO 6 23
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” We chose by our behaviour where we will spend eternity . Either in heaven or destroyed forever ? All our sins can be forgiven freely I do not understand why some people refuse to ask God to forgive them and do amends of the things they have done against God and against others.
JN 5 28 “The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” The resurection of condemnation . We condemn ourselves when we refuse to love God and love others. Following this society will not have you be pleasant to God because All that is highly esteemed in this world is abomination for God .