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What is the difference between Heaven/Paradise/Sheol

How about Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire?

Are they synonyms, are they different places?

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On a related note, see christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/1235/… –  Ian Pugsley Aug 31 '11 at 3:18

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As Jesus hung on the cross, he famously said to one of the thieves being crucified along with him that "today you will be with me in Paradise." This establishes where Jesus was going to be after his death. But after his resurrection, when Mary Magdalene found him in the garden, he told her that he had not yet been to Heaven to present himself to the Father. (John 20:17) This establishes that Paradise is different from Heaven.

1 Peter 3: 18-19 explains that while Jesus was dead (and therefore in Paradise), he went to preach to "spirits in prison" who had been disobedient in mortality. So it would seem that after death, people's spirits are sent to an intermediary location to await the resurrection. Those who have been righteous go to paradise, and those who have been disobedient go to a "prison" whose name is not specified clearly. But these intermediary locations are not the same as Heaven and Hell, the places to which we are sent after the Judgment, which is explicitly stated to take place after the resurrection in several different scriptures.

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Nice explanation. How about Hades/Sheol and the Lake of Fire? –  ℝaphink Aug 25 '11 at 14:10
@Raphink: I don't know so much about that side of things... –  Mason Wheeler Aug 25 '11 at 14:32
Actually, it doesn't say that Jesus hasn't been to Heaven. Rather, it states that he hasn't ascended. This could mean bodily ascension after a bodily resurrection or it could mean that he hasn't been to Heaven. –  Richard Aug 25 '11 at 16:50
Wow. This is a really good, simple answer. –  dleyva3 Aug 26 '11 at 16:00
Revelation 20:14 Hell / Hades will be thrown in the Lake of Fire. I think Hell and Hades are the same. –  OnesimusUnbound Jan 9 '12 at 19:00

Hades in the New testament is the same as Sheol in the Old Testament which is translated as the place of the dead. paradise is simply the place of the righteous after dead until the appearing of Christ in the air where the elect will meet him or be caught up to him. hell however is de place of the wicked after death. it must be noted however that the word hell as used in de new testament is a translation of the Hebrew word Gehenna which was a place were refuse is burnt and for that matter fire continually burns over there. lake of fire is the place of the devil and hid cohorts and the wicked after the great judgement.

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While I think your claims have a lot of merit, making a claim that "Sheol" is the same as "Hades" is part of the work of theology. Sourcing a claim here would help this answer tremendously –  Affable Geek Oct 28 '13 at 13:34

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