In the Bible, and in other scriptures as well, the terms Sheol and Hades are used quite often. My question has always been this: What do these terms actually refer to?
How about you? Have you also wondered about these terms? I know there is substantial confusion about them, and what they “might’ refer to… but I could not make a clear connection as to the difference between Sheol and Hades until I read this morning a thoughtful piece entitled “Hell, Sheol, Hades, Paradise, and the Grave,” written by W. Edward Bedore, Th.D. [www.bereanbiblesociety.org].
In his article, Dr. Bedore mentioned and quoted [Eph. 4:9] “unto the lower parts of the earth,” and this made a connection for me regarding how people 2,000 years ago had no concept of the Astral and Causal regions of existence… just as many people today fail to comprehend these regions of existence. The question is why would people today still be unfamiliar with the Astral and Causal regions of Creation?
And the answer is simple to some, and “unthinkable” to all, even in the year 2014. That is, in Ecclesiastes 3:21, it states : Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?”
Or put another way… who among we human beings today are familiar with the concept of simultaneously existing and yet, entirely separate vibrational dimensions of Reality? Or that this overarching Reality of Life is reflected in the structure of Man? And this is the reason the Bible speaks of Man as being created in the “image of God”.
Imagine, if you can, that the “Whole of Reality” is composed of four entirely separate vibrational dimensions, only one of which is physical; which means three of these are Esoteric, or invisible to the brain and ones physical senses.
Man is created in the Image of God in that Man is composed of four simultaneously existing vibrational dimensions, three of which comprise the Creation, and one of which is the Spiritual dimension of God. And most people relate with [at least abstractly] the Earth or physical dimension, and that of the Spiritual dimension, or the concept of God. The other two dimensions, that of the Astral dimension, and the Causal dimension, essentially escape most people; and completely escape those people who live by their brains and thinking [or those people who suffer what I refer to as the malady of Intellectualism].
This subtle distinction between people is referred to in the Bible often, but specifically in Romans, 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, and acceptable and perfect.” This particular passage makes perfect sense to those familiar with Eastern mysticism.
A clue to the confusion of life is given in Luke 18:17, “Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”
What in the world did Saint Luke mean by receiving the “kingdom of God” as a little child? He meant, but did not say straight away, the intellectual is not unlike the rich man, in that both are so strongly attached to this Earth, that neither has time for the Spiritual practice required to rise above this domain of the MIND of Man. And… this brings us to both the term Sheol, and that of Hell.
All of us can imagine that a really bad person would go to Hell [or what modern man imagines Hell to be]? What many do not realize is that Hell is just another name for Sheol, or Hades. And these terms are not related to the phrase “Lake of Fire”. In other words, the terms Sheol, Hades and Hell all refer to places that exist, but none of these can be perceived by, nor experienced by the physical brain, or ones physical senses.
In other words, the terms Sheol, Hades, and Hell are all referring to conditions of existence on the Astral region of Creation: Or places of existence within the vibrational domain of the Astral Region of Creation, and all of this serves the Plan of God. And what point is served to discuss [in any detail that Man, using his physical resources alone cannot comprehend] except that modern Man can use abstract terms to imagine that he understands what these abstract terms refer to?
For instance do you imagine you know what I mean when I use the terms God, Soul and MIND? And yet, which reader has seen, experienced, or can clearly define what these terms refer to?
We “think” we know a great deal, until one is pressed to convey to another what one believes one “knows”.
1 Corinthians 2:14, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discovered.”
This means that no human being can awaken to the Truth that resides Within Man until that person is Enlightened enough to do so. No one can rise into Knowledge until that person can rise above the illusion that his or her MIND presents to him/her as reality. And no one can discover Spiritual Truth via the brain or thinking… simply because Spiritual Reality exists in another dimension than this physical dimension.
Sheol [she’ohl] does exist, but how many are open to allowing the existence of realities they have been told do not exist, and told that searching for higher bits of Truth is the “work of the devil”?
Love God with all ones heart, MIND and Soul, and if you do, fear nothing, as God is always Within you.