The Next Place: Questions about death and the afterlife
Is there a hell? Where is heaven? Where does God live? Why is it necessary to leave “here” when we die? When we read about “hell” in the Bible, at least three unique ideas are being referenced - the Hebrew idea of Sheol, the Greek idea of Hades, and Jerusalem’s trash dump known as Gehenna. None of these three is the place we see in pop culture, a location “down there” where people are punished for all eternity. The ideas of heaven and hell help people make sense of what we see in the world. What happens to me when I die? is really a question about how I am supposed to live in the here and now.