Do the Jews believe in hell?

Discussion in 'Cults & World Religions' started by Von, Apr 25, 2018.

Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Von

    Von Puritan Board Freshman

    I was talking with a guy, who considers himself jewish (parents from Israel and they adhere to judaism). As far as I can establish, he is not very active in his faith, although he does fast on the Day of Atonement, try to live a good life, etc.
    When I raised the issue of hell, he said that jews don't believe in hell. Is this true as a general statement? When asked where a "bad" jew would go he had some vague purgatory-type explanation.
    Anyone knowledgeable on this? Any proof from the OT (especially the pentateuch).
     
  2. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Junior

    The Jews I've talked to seemed rather fuzzy on the subject of eternity. They were all youngish, rather liberal Jews. I knew one guy who was, as he said, a Reformed Jew and a Ukrainian Catholic at the same time. That was a new one to me.

    But it depends. As the saying goes, if you ask three Jews you'll get four opinions. And of course, in modern times, it depends what is meant by Jew.
     
  3. Von

    Von Puritan Board Freshman

    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
    • List
  4. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Professor

    Judaism I think really speaks to how one is to live here and they focus on obeying the Commandments of God, to living rightly here, and leave the afterlife to itself pretty much.
     
  5. Megs

    Megs Puritan Board Freshman

    I went to university with several observant Orthodox Jewish people and had a conversation with them once about what happens after you die. They said they didn't know. I think their exact response was a shrug and the words "No one knows." Unfortunately, I didn't get to ask them more questions such as their view on Daniel 12:2 because we were at a work placement and had to get back to work.
     
  6. Scott Bushey

    Scott Bushey Puritan Board Doctor

  7. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Professor

    Their entire focus would be on living right here and now.
     
  8. Von

    Von Puritan Board Freshman

  9. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    All Jews and everyone believes in hell, as much as they know there is a judgment to come. I have had a few conversations with people about hell, Jews included, and in each and everyone of those conversations I skip the "opportunity" to try to convince them of the existence of hell. I simply converse on what they know awaits, and each and everyone shrinks back in sheepish acknowledgement of what they already know is real.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
    • List
  10. Von

    Von Puritan Board Freshman

    Thanks for the reminder - you are so right:
    And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment
    (John 16:8)
    And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed...
    (Acts 24:25a)
     
  11. timfost

    timfost Puritan Board Junior

    I always thought you were a nut. ;)
     
  12. Scott Bushey

    Scott Bushey Puritan Board Doctor

    Uh huh....if the shoe fits. :banana:
     
  13. ReformedChristian

    ReformedChristian Puritan Board Freshman

    This statement is not generally true, If you take with an Orthodox Jewish person most will affirm a type future punishment for the wicked writings such as the Talmud affirm this, although the rabbis debated on this issue some believed in hell in the sense of eternal punishment, while others saw it as a type purgatory where one is cleansed then released while only the real wicked stay there. If you want a good treatment on the subject I recommend Robert Morey's book Death and the Afterlife, in a section of the book he documents Pre Christian and Jewish Intertestamental literature and Dead Se Scrolls that many Jews in Jesus day affirmed a belief in a future judgment.
     
  14. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Professor

    The Pharisees of the time of Jesus would have held to an afterlife, but the Sadducees would not have to that view.
     
  15. ReformedChristian

    ReformedChristian Puritan Board Freshman

    That is correct as we know according to Josephus, Inter-testament Literature and Jesus and Paul's interaction with them they denied angels, spirits and a soul. It almost seems in a sense like they were materialist.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page