Q. I would like to make a comment on this statement in reference to Hell:
“The Jews associated with this valley these two ideas:
1.) That of the sufferings of the victims that had there been sacrificed; and
2.) That of filth and corruption. It became thus to the popular mind a symbol of the abode of the wicked hereafter. It came to signify “hell” as the place of the wicked. “
The Jews did not have an early conception of Hell because this word/idea/doctrine had not been created yet. As you explicitly say in your own words, “…the popular mind a symbol of the abode” This statement has nothing to do with what Scripture is actually saying. “Hell” in all of the Scriptures you have listed is not “Hell” in the original Greek. It is “geena” – in reference to the geographic place, not the doctrine of the abode of the wicked. Yes, punishment exists, but Hell does not. Take Hell out of your doctrine (because it’s not in the Bible – it’s been repeatedly and knowingly been mis-translated over and over again) and what have you lost? Instead of glossing over confusions with Scripture, be willing to say that you at least aren’t sure on the matter of Hell. Jesus did not die to save us from Hell… he died to save us from the darkness, from death, from misery. Yes, everyone will bow their knees before Christ and every tongue will confess that God is their King and Father and Love. “Saved” does not mean from Hell, it means from the dark, from the opposite of God. Even Hitler, even terrorists, even sexually perverted priests, even the strongest atheists in the world will bow before God and call Him their King. Are you against that? If you are not, then you have no reason to believe in Hell.
NB – ScripturesSay.com is not a debate forum. We help sincere people who are searching for the truth. For your enlightenment, consider the following passages, and as you read them ask yourself, “what do all of these verses have in common?”
“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
“If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
“If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
“If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
“You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?
“If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire,
“If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than, having your two feet, to be cast into hell,
“If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell,
“But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!
All of the above verses come from the mouth of Jesus. I’ll take his word for it, you should too.