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Why Did Jesus Go To Hell

According to the Creeds, Jesus went to Hell before His resurrection. Why did Jesus have to go to Hell?

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 ---maryc on 3/31/09
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Amen mima!!!

The person obviously has never read 1 Peter 3:19-20

"in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water
---Mark_Eaton on 6/30/09


Romans4:6 " For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit"

---Rev._Daniel says

"Christ did not preach to anyone in HELL....The dead, be they Christians or evil followers of satan, are dead physically and they slumber until Judgement Day. There is NO JUDGMENT before that day! So no one can be in hell until that time and that is scripture. Whoever posted otherwise needs to do a little more Scripture study.
---Rev._Daniel on 4/4/09
---mima on 6/29/09


We know that one term which means the same as HELL is the term grave =(sheol). In that sense it would be right to say that Jesus went to the grave,(hell/sheol) because that is exactly where He rested from the moment He expired untl He was resurrected.
But to imply that Jesus went to (the) HELL
where te lost will end up, IS NOT BIBLICAL
It implies that while His BODY stayed in the grave, His SOUL went to Hell!
That is a lie! Jesus rested in the tomb and did not go anywhere.
---Pierr5358 on 6/29/09


To some up. Sheol has attached to it another place called Abraham's bosom, occupied by people who died in the faith prior to the resurrection of Christ. Upon His death Christ went down into Sheol with our sins to deposit our sins there. However, death was not able to hold Him because he was sinless. While there he contended with the devil and preached to the captives in Sheol. At some point Jesus took the keys of death and hell and stepped across that gulf no MAN can cross. On the day of His resurrection he lifted those held captive in Abraham's bosom when He rose from the grave, transporting them to their new heavenly holding place awaiting the rest of those who will be translated at Jesus coming. Amen, even so Come Lord Jesus.
---Jamwao on 6/23/09


He went to hell to lead out some who were captive in Hell. Those who were there for their sins. Then Jesus paid for their sins. They were then freed. Many appeared in Jerusalem.
---frances008 on 6/22/09




"Why did Jesus have to go to Hell?"
"What man [is he that] liveth, and shall not see death?"
The only hell Jesus endured was the mental, emotional, and physical torment of the cross, and the mortal state of unawareness and in-animation in the tomb.
Act 2:27 "thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." is applicable only in the aforementioned ways.
That conscious hell was record in this "And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:" and prompted "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me."
---joseph on 6/22/09


1stcliff- Tell me the parable in Ephesians and tell me where Jesus said the other was a parable.
---Betty on 5/11/09


Betty, If you can't tell the difference between a parable and reality,then it's you who needs to study!
---1st_cliff on 4/6/09


Maryc, for this confusion, this is the reason why the RCC made everyone change the word 'hell' to 'dead' in the creed.
Jesus didn't go to Hell, but to the 'abode of the Dead'

CCC 633
Scripture calls the abode of the dead, to which the dead Christ went down, "hell"- Sheol in Hebrew or Hades in Greek- because those who are there are deprived of the vision of God.....it is precisely these holy souls, who awaited their Savior in Abraham's bosom, whom Christ the Lord delivered when he descended inot hell." Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before Him.
---Natalie2 on 4/5/09


rev?daniel- It seems you ought to study your own Bible a little more. He went to hell to set the captives free. Jesus told about the rich man and Lazarus in hell to warn people what hell is like.

Ephesians 4:8 "When He ascended up on high, he led captivity captive..."

Ephesians 4: 9-10 "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 that ascended up... that He might fulfill all things."
---Betty on 4/5/09




Christ did not preach to anyone in HELL....The dead, be they Christians or evil followers of satan, are dead physically and they slumber until Judgement Day. There is NO JUDGMENT before that day! So no one can be in hell until that time and that is scripture. Whoever posted otherwise needs to do a little more Scripture study.
---Rev._Daniel on 4/4/09


Jesus personally paid the price required for "others" sins, else "others" would be rightly going to their hell which they deserve.
---Eloy on 4/4/09


mima- The spirits Jesus preached to were dead people. Their bodies were buried, their spirits in hell.

Psalm 16:10 "For you will not leave My soul in hell, neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption."


Acts 2:31 says Christ's soul was not left in hell, neither did His flesh see corruption.
---Betty on 4/3/09


He went to hell in order to conquer sin and death for all things must be put under His feet.
---t on 4/3/09


MIC, okay, thanks. And God bless.
---JohnnyB on 4/3/09


SORRY Jhonny B:- Not huffed just making the record straight, to what you said.Peace and yes it is in the Bible that He was God Incarnate having 2 natures God and man.I was refering to His Godliness.Blessing and Peace to you too!.
---MIC on 4/3/09


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Mima:-You say you are a preacher, Yet you seek the verasity of what the gospel proclaims.Peter 3:19 mentions "spirits in Prison"Prison is a temporary holding place and spirits were people who were dead as explained Read V20 to get the gist of what Peter is saying.what ever is your point is speculative and erroneous.with reference to this post.
2You reference 1Peter4:6 There are 2 types of dead spiritually dead in christ who died and those dead but not spiritually dead to and in christ.These were the ones he ministered to read1Peter41-5V7-10 if you desire to remain in Gods Grace
---MIC on 4/3/09


These verses taken from the King James version raise interesting questions.

1Peter 3:19 "By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison,...."

In regards to first Peter 3:19 the question is were the spirits that Jesus preached to in paradise or in prison? Is paradise and prison compatible, synonyms, just like?



1 peter 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead.

Concerning first Peter 4:6 were the people held in paradise dead? Also why is the wording used (preached also to them that are dead) preached also? Who else was preached too?

---mima on 4/3/09


MIC, don't be so huffy. Jesus was fully human. He died and was buried. It is right there in the Gospels for you to read. And he rose on the third day. I don't think we disagree on that. And that was all there was to my previous post. God bless you!
---JohnnyB on 4/2/09


Jesus went to hell to set the captives free. He took the good people to Paradise, and the evil ones stayed in hell.

1Peter 3:19 "By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison,...."

1Peter 4:6 "For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead...."
---Betty on 4/2/09


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Johnny B:-God has no beginning and no end Therefore He cannot Die. study before you post as this puts you at variance with the truth.Judy dont speculate there are no keys in Hell.He opened the Gates to heaven to let in all GOOD souls waiting in Limbo that is why the dead arose and appeared to many.Rebecca D :- satan still drags souls to hell that is why,OSAS is False.
---MIC on 4/2/09


Jesus went to hades. That means he was dead and entombed. That's all it means. God bless.
---JohnnyB on 4/2/09


Jesus had to go to hell to fullfill his fathers plan,he went to hell to get the keys to hell ,death and the grave,at one time God had gave satan power over these places and he miss used them,by Jesus going there he took these powers from him,satan no longer can take us down with him,we now have a freewill to choose where we will go when we die.
---judy on 4/1/09


Because all things must be put under Him. He must conquer hell and death. Those that rebel and do not repent are the losers in the end. The Bible states that they still would not repent from their evil deeds.
---t on 4/1/09


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To show the Devil that he had lost the battle for man's soul. After Jesus died on the cross, hell had a ball. Satan thought it was over and Jesus was dead. Satan and his demons were rejoicing because they thought Jesus was dead. Jesus went to hell to let Satan know that he was alive and well, and nothing can keep him down.
---Rebecca_D on 4/1/09


Reflecting on this post JOHN says "He fulfilled an old prophecy"_Phil the ELDER says "THE NEW VERSION" of the Creed cannot be supported biblically so it was DROPPED.
(subtract) who would be right? Yet the Verse in Matt.27:51-53 before Jesus was burried ie right after He died .The veil of the temple was rent in two the ground trembled and the dead arose and appeared to many.so obviously he went directly to the place where they were dead and this is Not HELL.Yes HE descended to the dead in the creed still stands as a proclamation of our FAITH in the RCC.Jesus Church Matt16:13-19.
---MIC on 4/1/09


This question is a matter of interpretation and church dogma. I find no actual scripture for Jesus (or anyone else)going to visit hell nor do I find a place where people are or were in hell. Hell is to be a place of damnation (eternal separation from God by destruction) after judgement. Heaven is a place for God's children to go home to after being passed from judgement into His reward. Many believe Hell itself is a place where people are to live on for eternity. I see them being consumed in a lake of fire. The fire of God is Eternal NOT those burned up in it. Not trying to change churches, just expressing my understanding of the Bible.
---mikefl on 4/1/09


For the thief on the cross, "hell" was "a paradise" because that is where Jesus went to preach and rescue repentant prisoners that were never able DURING THEIR LIFETIME to receive/enter the sabbath rest of Jesus...

Hebrews 4:3
"They shall never enter my rest,..."

...although Jesus's "works" (the "works of God", John 6:28 and 9:3) were finished from the foundation of the world.

Jesus did not forsake Israel, but included them in the "host of captives" (Revelation 7:5).

Ephesians 4:8
"When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men".

God is LOVE.
---more_excellent_way on 3/31/09


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Hades/sheol is the common grave of all mankind,because it's translated "hell" people attach a surrealistic meaning to it!
---1st_cliff on 3/31/09


At the time of the Reformation there was controversy concerning this expression too.

If you look at the actual crucifixion, then that in itself could be interpreted as experiencing the reality of hell.

If you are looking at creeds, such as the Apostles' Creed, where it states in some versions that Jesus went to hell, to acknowledge that hell is the punishment of sinners, and Jesus died for our sins, then yes, you could say the Lord experienced hell. And, if Jesus had not died for our sins, then we would have no hope of salvation or eternal life by accepting Him into our lives.
---Lesla3685 on 3/31/09


The "descent into hell" is only in the Apostles' Creed, which does not have the authority of an Ecumenical Council.

"Hell" in this context does not mean the gehenna of the damned, but merely the place of departed spirits where everyone since Adam went after death. The Latin merely says "descendent in infernis", which means "descended to the lower regions".

See 1 Peter 3:19.
---katavasia on 3/31/09


I thought it was to take the keys away from satan? I'm probably wrong.

Or was it to preach to them down there?

Why did Jesus go to hell before his resurrection? It wouldn't be a place I'd pick before my resurrection. I'd go for heaven anyday.

Oh and if you say it was the Father's will, I believe that, but the Father God always has a reason for doing things...what was this one? I want to know too. Thank you.
---donna8365 on 3/31/09


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If you look at modern versions of the Apostles creed the reference to descending into hell has been dropped. As it lacks a scriptural foundation.

And a lot depends on the usage of HELL which has a number of English meanings, if you use the Jewish prospective of the dwelling place of the dead he was in SHEOL or GRAVE, and this could be a possible usage. But in any case he did not do any thing during thee 72 hours he was just dead.
---Philthe_Elder on 3/31/09


The Bible tells us that Jesus took our punishment. He had to go there because that's were all of us were headed. It was a necessity that he did this and also a fulfillment of prophecy.
---john on 3/31/09




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