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What did Jesus teach about hell?

fire2Jesus believed in and warned people about a place called hell.  The word he used was “gehenna”, which is normally translated in our English Bibles as “hell”.

Gehenna

In Old Testament times the valley south-west of Jerusalem was called Ge Hinnom and it was the city’s rubbish dump.  It was a notorious valley that was previously used as a place of child-sacrifice to Molech* the detestable God of the Ammonites.  Molech’s image was believed to have been a hollow brazen figure, with the head of an ox, and outstretched human arms.   The figure was heated red hot by a fire from within and the babies placed in its arms to be slowly burned, while to prevent the parents from hearing the dying cries, the sacrificing priests beat drums.