Hell in the Hollow Earth

Hell Cave, by Nat Monney via DeviantART

A few days ago, I posted a ‘For Discussion’ about how the Earth may just not be hollow.  In my comments, a gal named Candy invited me to visit her site, because she was going to write more about it.  I don’t read Candy’s site – she and I have had trouble in the past, and even reading her post… we do not agree on some foundational things.  But I’m not gonna bar her from coming here, or contributing, if she has something to share.  In this case, though, I wanted to know what she had to add.  Because the idea intrigued me.   So I did follow her link and read the information she posted.  And how WONDERFUL that she took the idea to scripture with the hypothesis that Hell is within the Hollow earth, per scripture!

Here are a few of the verses she referenced:

“They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.” -Deuteronomy 32:21-22

“The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.” -Proverbs 15:24

“It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?” -Job 11:8

“For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.” -Psalm 86:13

“But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” -Proverbs 9:18

“The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.” -Proverbs 15:24

“Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” -Isaiah 14:15

“I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.” -Ezekiel 31:16

“Though they dig into hell,, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down” -Amos 9:2

And the New Testament references:

“And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” -Matthew 11:23

“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” -Luke 16:23-26

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) -Ephesians 4:7-10

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment -2 Peter 2:4

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. -Jude 1:6

“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” -Revelation 20:3

 “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.” -Revelation 20:1

I should probably state for the record that the conclusions that Candy came to (that Abraham’s bosom and Paradise are the same, and that people post-Resurrection go to Heaven) are NOT AT ALL what I believe, and are unsupportable by scripture.  But having said, ALL of these references certainly do support a Hollow Earth Hell.   And Abraham’s Bosom, and Paradise.  I find this fascinating!!

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  1. The Judaism of old had no concept of Hell as we define it today. Much of how we perceive Hell today comes from a merging of Hellenistic and other world cosmic mythologies and later influences from Dante and the Catholic thought (that were at their core influenced by Hellenism). The writers of the NT kept those understandings as it had been in the culture long ago. Being a captive people by so many different nations certainly has an effect on traditions and cultural concepts. But simply put the Jews of the OT referenced Hell or Sheol or Gehenna (the idea evolved as time went on) as a burning pit of dark fire — because.. well the reality is Gehenna, or the Valley of Hinnon there was a big pit that was constantly burning, full of trash, rot, and bodies. They’d chuck the bodies of those that were considered bad people, criminals, sinning people, and probably diseased people. It didn’t smell too pleasant of course, but it did send a message to those seeking to do evil. Do bad things and you’d be chucked in there. I presume the person might of been dead, but who knows. Incidentally Gehenna was also used by the ancient Canaanite Baal cultures, where they’d sacrifice, burn, torture and do all sorts of nasty things to children. It was also considered to be a cursed horrible place.

    I tend to believe that the concept of hell, overall (and I mean in regards to imagery alone) started with the desire to describe a place that was devoid of Him, full of suffering (emotional and physical toward a spiritual body). How would one exactly describe a place that is evil? Darkness, painful death (fire), an eternal pit (one that cannot be escaped from).

    This did not at any time mean Hell resided on earth or even within earth. Everything that was good came from up high and above. The stars were signs from God, the sun and moon was from god, rain came from god, manna came from God (above). But ancient peoples (especially those closest to the culture of Hellenistic influences) understood that bad things came from below. Volcano, earthquakes, steam vents that smelled, dark caves all of these provoked an imagery that evil, death, and destruction lurked below.

    To me there is nothing in the Bible, nor in any of the quoted verses that pointed to where Hell is located, or that it is located on Earth or within it. To me Hell is not on any physical plain of existence, just as Heaven is not on a physical plain of existence. It needs no physical containment. The spirit is beyond physical boundaries. One can take the verses listed as literally as possible, but it does not change the fact of how early Jews and Christians thought of the concept; nor does it change the fact that Heaven and Hell are spiritual places.

    From a scientific perspective HE is simply too improbable, and there are vast methods to essentially show it to be so. I have always long believed there is not much in the Bible to disprove science and not much in science that can disprove the Bible. It’s rather harmonious, if people could take the time to think about it hard enough. Creation exists, and science is the method in which man attempts to learn about it. There is such order and complexity to creation as is continually discovered by scientific method, mathematics, and physics that our current understanding of the makeup of the earth’s core is the one that best makes sense. When a person is dead, they are buried. We are told from dust we are made and dust we return. Sheol then, is understood as under the earth simply because we are placed there in death and we are cursed to return to dust. BUT one should never forget that historical context and influences of the times, because ideas about Sheol changed many many times. In earliest times there was not a metaphysical or even semi-spiritual understanding of the soul. Hell is simply devoid of the Lord, and a place of suffering because the soul is damned to wander, tormented at being apart from Him; and where it was later thought of as a place where the soul-form will forever be punished for their deeds in the physical realm. Later I believe the Jews understood it better in terms of it’s spiritual and extremely dark form (such as the story about the Endor witch) and why it was a very good idea and an extremely prohibited one not to intertwine the dimensions of physical and spiritual (either light or dark) by conjuring, magic ect.

    Cultures that sprang up around the same time as the ancient Jews did not have too dissimilar thoughts on hell — whether they be actual or allegory. But at no time did the Jews of the OT or NT think of Hell as a place with a physical location inside the earth. Spiritual, with allegorical physical influences yes. It may be something on a dimensional plain, if that hypothesis ever gets born out.

    Am I wrong? You may think so of course, but since neither one of us can journey to the center of the earth, or do we intend upon entering Hell I don’t think we’ll ever find out or answer the question for sure. 😛

    • Honey? Don’t make your comments longer than my post. It’s a rule, here. You’re a friend, so I’m letting it go this time… but I don’t let comments thru that are longer than my post. Never have.

      And no, while it doesn’t say in the Bible “HELL IS IN THE CENTER OF THE EARTH”, it also doesn’t say that ANYTHING is literal or symbolic. That’s what causes rifts in belief systems. But since my post contains more verses to point TOWARD it and your comments are all conjecture and rationalization and not even any scripture pointing AWAY from it… I think I’ll stay leaning the way I do.

  2. I’m glad the Scripture references have blessed you. 🙂 I’m also glad you and I don’t agree on everything, else I think I’d find you incredibly boring. 😛


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