Dear Sir, Thank you for the help you gave me on my last inquiry. I was wondering if you could give me some help on another issue. I am putting a folder together about what happens to the lost in the end for future references and I am having a problem with the word "hell" in the Greek. My Strong's Greek Dictionary interprets hell as a place of eternal torment. I know that the Bible uses a lot of dark speech, and I understand that God uses very strong language sometimes to wake up His sleeping children, and that this language that He uses is often misunderstood. But if you could give me any advice on the Greek definition of hell and "geena" it would help me when I try to explain the SDA position on this subject. Thank you, ___________
Good to hear from you again. The question you have asked can be perplexing, but I think you will find some good help for it in the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Dictionary, vol. 8 of the SDA Bible Commentary series. Perhaps you have the set yourself, either in book form or on CD-ROM. If not, very likely someone in your church does have it. I would suggest that you look up the article on Hell there. You will find a discussion of the Greek words that are translated that way. This is the kind of information I think you are looking for.
I hope this helps. God bless!
William Fagal, Director
Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA
Phone: 269 471-3209
FAX: 269 471-2646
Website: www.WhiteEstate.org or www.egwestate.andrews.edu