One of the things I love about this board is that it shows me the gaps in my knowledge of what I'm supposed to believe in. This time, my thread on universalism has led me to question what I really know about hell. Feel free to include "lake of fire" topics but be clear in your definitions. Questions I would like answered: OT hell/NT hell, is there a difference? Hades/hell/lake of fire, which is which and how does one tell which definition is appropriate for which passage of scripture? How did the theory of hell get its start? I find it interesting that hell is not mentioned as a destination until Psalms according to a simple search of my KJV and not until Matthew if I search the ESV. Before then the word seems to describe a state of being (how angry, how beset, etc). Any other information you find relevant I'm sure I'll find interesting. Play nice!