Did Jesus Go to Hell?

Here is an article by Heather Hahn discussing the clause in the Apostle’s Creed which reads ‘he descended to the dead’.  Check it out.


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  • JoeyS

    “He’s declaring victory over the fallen angels on the way to heaven,” Witherington said. “This is after the Resurrection.”

    What do you, then, make of 2 Peter 2:4 that says the fallen angels were cast into tartarus? Is that not a place of permanence? Of all the words for “hell” that seems the most “eternal conscience torment” of them all.

  • http://www.benwitherington.com ben witherington

    Tartarus is not Hell. It is the prison of outer darkness and it is a place where there are only fallen angels, much like the holding cell for Satan in Rev. 20.1-2.


  • http://www.bendimar.blogspot.com John Steele

    The original article and the comments forget about one crucial thing. This cosmas is a created entity. Time and space are part of God’ s creation. Death means leaving this creation for “eternity”, of which this creation is but a sub-set. Our language is incapable of speaking of this without using time/space words, and this is where the confusion lies. All time/space words referring to the “hereafter” (a time word) can only be analogical. Paul speaks of the experience as “absent from the body, present with the Lord.” By all means discuss the analogies of life after death but remenber that that is what they are, analogies. In the new heaven and new earth, the veil which separated creation from eternity will be removed so that we can again be fully human as God intended with no barrier between the physical and the spiritual.

  • http://www.benwitherington.com ben witherington

    John the fact that time as we know it is tied to space, does not mean there is not sequence, procession, and even progress in the other world. I am not buying the eternal now theory of eternity. There is too much Biblical evidence against it.


  • Dennis P

    Dr W, I would love to hear your thoughts as to whether Romans 1:20 adequately addresses the question of the eternal fate of those who have never heard of Jesus, and prior to Jesus victory of death and resurrection, those who did not love God, and follow the Law. While you’re at it….what scriptural basis is there for the location of the dead[those who loved God/the law] “pre and post” Jesus’ life and death. If it is/was a “holding place”, are they still there, were they at some point transported to heaven, or do you believe they were immediately, upon their death, in the presence of God?