- the grave (Sheol: lifelessness, knowing nothing, cut off)
- a mythical realm of the dead (Hades/Tartarus: an underworld, permanently separated from the living by an impassable river)
- a parabolic afterlife of pain & suffering, opposite the pleasures & comforts & selfishness one indulges in life … and separated by great expanse from Abraham’s Bosom / Paradise: the peace & pleasures to be had with faithful Abraham, friend of YHWH, for those who suffered in life
- a memorial of heinous atrocity (Valley of Hinnom: a humiliating & detestable historical allusion to ancient Israel’s having sacrificed their children to Molech).
The message of Jesus is that life can be & should be lived in a Way that is not like death (with its darkness, isolation, corruption, decay & dissipation). What good is living like you are already dead or doing that which will send you to the grave early & without being loved? — Lamb’s Harbinger (@OtterFella) (@LambsHarbinger) February 25, 2020
Furthermore, original Christianity was never about “going to Heaven instead of Hell”
“No one in Judaism thought, for instance, that I needed to be saved from going to a place called hell, and the way I’m saved is by doing these good works.” @KurtWillems https://t.co/WvdBms7Xrl — ReKnew.org (@ReKnewOrg) February 25, 2020
(See also NT Wright)