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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

γέεννα (geenna) is the greek word for hell. Scripture refers to γέεννα as the place of fire and torment where people are sentenced following judgment (Mat 5:22,29,30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15,33; Mar 9:45,47; Lk 12:5; Jas 3:6).

Revelation 19-20 refers to the lake of fire. It describes it as a place of eternal torture and torment for the beast, false prophet, devil, and anyone whose name is not in the book of life. Both hell and the lake of fire are described as a place of suffering where the condemned are sent following judgment. Most likely these two places are one in the same.

Following judgement, Revelation 20:14, says "Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire." Hades is, "thrown into the lake of fire." The writers of the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament, translate the Hebrew word,"Sheol" into Hades. When the greek Hades is used in the New Testament it is not the Greek understanding, but the Hebrew understanding for Sheol that is being communicated. The clearest instance of this is found in the parable of the rich man and the poor man Lazerous (Luke 16:19-31). Sheol/Hades is described as a place separated by an impassable barrier. On one side dwell the unrighteous, which from Luke's description seems to have some amount of suffering. On the other side is the place of the righteous, also referred to as Paradise or Abraham's Bosom. Sheol/Hades is the intermediate state where souls go after death and before bodily resurrection. Ephesians 4:9 along with the Apostles Creed refer to Jesus descending to the dead following his physical death. This is referencing Sheol. 1 Peter 3:19 and 4:6 also reference Jesus preaching to the dead.

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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

Hell ,Hades and Sheol are synonyms places of torment and Evil beings are imprisoned until the Great throne Judgement when they are sentenced to exist in a lake of fire in eternal torment which is enlarged to hold all the wicked people as well and is the final sentence of all wickedness.

Heaven is 1st the atmosphere where birds fly. Then the stars and angel dwelling and 3rd so high up where the thrown of God is above the blanket of stars and planets.

Paradise is where saints go to be in the presence of God until the Place Jesus prepares for them to rest in peace and the Glory of God ,until the Earth is made new and the Capital city of heaven is Lowered to the New Earth .

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Can you edit this to show some evidence for your claims? –  curiousdannii Oct 18 at 8:20
Some references would be nice. –  Neil Meyer Oct 18 at 10:50

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