In an article on Good Friday, NPR described Easter inaccurately as “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere like that, but rather arose into heaven — is on Sunday.” The error was corrected that Easter commemorates Jesus’ resurrection, but did He go to hell after crucifixion?
NPR corrected it as, “Easter — the day Christians celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection — is on Sunday.” But the error “practically begged Christians to renew charges that the media is biased against them,” an article in The Washington Post commented.
The post referred to the Apostle’s Creed, saying it states that Jesus “was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell.”
However, the term “hell” in the Creed “refers not to the hell of eternal punishment (Gehenna), but to the realm of the dead, the underworld (OT Sheol, NT Hades),” wrote Bruce Corley, president of the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, in an earlier article in Baptist Standard. “Hence modern translations of both the NT and the Creed read ‘Hades,’ ‘dead,’ or ‘death.'”
Greek Hades is translated “hell” in the King James Version.
“That Christ in his human soul descended to the place of the dead, until his resurrection, is clearly stated in the NT (Acts 2:31; Rom. 10:7; Eph. 4:9) and underscores the reality of his death,” Corley added.
The Bible does not mention anywhere that Jesus “descended into hell.”
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Source: Christian Post