Levels of Hell

Cutaway of planet Earth showing the crust, mantle, great gulf and hell.

The levels of hell aren't what you think. However, they're what we would expect. The Hebrews had a well developed idea of life after death. For them physical death, the grave, was a portal into a complex underworld realm: sheol.


There are a lot of variables involved in attempting to correlate news reports of tragic deaths with gravitational wave detections. We're dealing with circumstantial evidence for one.

The Sign of Jonah

The sign of Jonah is one of those things which looks like a Biblical inconsistency and the various ways that Christian scholars have tried to resolve it are hopelessly contrived. On the face of it, it looks like Jesus lied.


Cutaway of planet Earth showing the crust, mantle, great gulf and hell.

Sheol refers to life beyond the grave, quite literally an underworld realm of the dead. It's also modified in a variety of ways which can be grouped to correspond to the main regions of the interior of the Earth.

I Shall Go to Him

Looking out across the molten core of the earth from a place in the lower mantle

David says, " I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." This is taken to mean that David will one day go to heaven to be with the child, whereas the child, in heaven, can't return to the Earth.

In Hades he Looked Up

The rich man, in hell, lifts up his eyes and speaks of his torment in flame. Here's the thing: Abraham and Lazarus are also in hell, but they're not in flame. This may be confusing, but it's compatible with our model.