Is Hell at The Center of The Earth?

Some first-century Jews and many medieval Christians would have said yes. Some books, such as Dante’s Inferno, suggest this, and such widely read books have a way of creating ideas that seep deep down into the fabric of many cultures. But there is nothing in the Bible that clearly locates hell at the center of the earth.

The Old Testament does say that when people die they go “down to Sheol” (Genesis 37:35). But sheol is not necessarily hell, and the reference to “going down” is more of a figure of speech than a geographical designation. Also, as we saw in chapters two and three of this book, “hell” itself is reserved for the wicked after judgment day. In other words, no one is in hell right now. They may be in hades (see Luke 16), but hades, like sheol, is where the wicked await their judgment. Hades is not hell.

It’s probably best to follow the advice of the early church leader Chrysostom, who said that we shouldn’t be concerned about where hell is, only how to escape it. Other than that, we know nothing of its location or geography.

-Francis Chan, Erasing Hell

Here are other Frequently Asked Questions and how the Bible answers them.

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Janis
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You sir Mike Mobley are sorely mistaken and are reading a perverted version of the bible! You better get the real bible son!And in Matthew 12:40, Jesus Christ says: “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly: so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the HEART OF THE EARTH. ” The Bible is clear — Hell is inside the earth! Ephesians 4:9, says of Jesus: “Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the LOWER PARTS OF THE EARTH.” On page 85 of… Read more »
jace
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You are a liar. The bible makes over 70 references to hell being in the center of the earth not only did Paul say it Jesus himself said it word for word. Google it dipshit

Mike
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Mike

Thanks Craig, anytime! Looking forward to it as well!

Craig
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Craig

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