Jimmy DeYoung on location in Israel observed, “The Bible is referring to the valley of Hinnom or Gehenna. It was at the southwest section of the city of Jerusalem, outside the walls. They would throw their garbage here. The fires are burning almost continuously, but this valley, in addition to being a garbage dump, was a valley of death.” Gehenna is a word tracing to Greek, ultimately from Hebrew Gai-Ben-Hinnom, meaning Valley of the Son of Hinnom…. Originally it referred to a garbage dump in a deep narrow valley right outside the walls of Jerusalem where fires were kept burning to consume the refuse and keep down the stench. It is also the location where bodies of executed criminals, or individuals denied a proper burial, would be dumped. (Source: http://www.answers.com/topic/gehenna). When Jesus Christ referred to hell as “Gehenna,” what may have been the thoughts of His listeners who were familiar with the area? (Mark 9:43).

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      His listeners probably thought hell is going to a place where fire is always continously burning and where the smell will be the worst. Also anyone who does not follow and put all there faith in God will not have a proper burial, and be in hell forever.

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      I think they realized how bad hell actually is. It would be dirty, fire all around burning everything, and the smell of trash and what was burning.

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      That this place would be a place of constant fire, a place of filth and stench. Not a place that people would want to go

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