King James authors translated sheol, gehenna, tartarus and hades as hell. The Greek words hades and tartarus, are steeped in pagan traditions. Strong beliefs and stories surrounding hades and tartarus originated centuries earlier. Used only once, the word tartarus describes where God guarded rebellious angels. Peter used the best Greek word he possibly could. Greeks thought Tartarus to be the deepest and most secure part of Hades. He was not endorsing those Greek beliefs as truth.

2 Peter 2:4 Evangelical Heritage Version
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned but handed them over to chains of darkness by casting them into hell, to be kept under guard for judgment;

Ignoring the associated pagan beliefs, the Hebrew-Jewish authors of the New Testament wanted to describe where a dead person was after they died. Using the Greek language they said the dead were in hades 11 times. Today, if we want to know what those authors meant, we need to understand their Hebrew beliefs. Writing in Greek they couldn’t use the Hebrew word sheol to describe where the dead were. Instead they used the best Greek word posible, hades. The Greeks believed the eldest male child of Rhea and Cronus ruled there as the god Hades. He was also known as the Etruscan god Aita, often accompanied by his three headed dog Cerberus. Had they been writing in Japanese, they probably would have used the word Yomi. The Chinese believe Diyu is the underground place of the dead. Buddhist and Taois beliefs differ on how many levels there may be in Diyu, similar to tartarus in Greek mythology. The Germanic Old Norce belief called it hel-viti, which was later turned into hell in Old English. No matter what language the New Testament authors wrote in, they would have used the word best reflecting sheol. The related pagan beliefs would have been discarded as rubbish by the Hebrew-Jewish authors. Pagan traditions and beliefs have no part with the truth of God. Have any pagan beliefs been mistakenly accepted by you? Are all your beliefs supported by irrefutable scripture? Can you find those proof references?Romans 1:25 Easy-to-Read Version
25 They traded the truth of God for a lie. They bowed down and worshiped the things God made instead of worshiping the God who made those things. He is the one who should be praised forever. Amen.

Isaiah 44:6 New Life Version
6 The Lord, the King of Israel and the One Who saves and frees from sin, the Lord of All, says, “I am the first and I am the last. There is no God besides Me.

1 Peter 3:1
15 Instead, regard Christ the Lord as holy in your hearts. Whenever anyone asks you to speak of your hope, be ready to defend it.

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