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Old Apr 22, '11, 6:28 am
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Default Is Jesus in hell for the next 3 days?

Sorry, just a quick question. 'He descended into Hell. On the third day He rose again.He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father." Does that mean he is in 'hell' until Monday?

I'm really sorry if anyone is offended by this thread if it is considered blasphemous!
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Old Apr 22, '11, 6:45 am
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It means that he descended to the dead. No one could go to Heaven before Jesus' death, and where He went was to the place where they waited, not actually Hell where the wicked go.
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Here are some scripture verses to support the notion of Jesus descending into Hell.

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“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water” - 1 Peter 3:18-20
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"For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth" - Matt. 12:40
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"he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison" - 1 Peter 3:19
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"I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth, and will behold all that sleep, and will enlighten all that hope in the Lord" - Sir. 24:45
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"For since the Lord went away into the midst of the shadow of death where the souls of the dead were, and afterwards arose in the body, and after the resurrection was taken up, it is clear that the souls also of His disciples, on account of which the Lord underwent these things, will go away into the place allotted them by God." - St. Irenaeus
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"(Christ) descended into the subterranean regions so that He might ransom from there the just...David was there, and Samuel, and all the Prophets; and John, the same who, through his messengers, said: ‘Are You the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’ Would you not want Him to go down to free such men as these?" - St. Cyril of Jerusalem

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"God (the Son) did not impede death from separating His soul from His body according to the necessary order of nature, but has reunited them to one another in the resurrection, so that He Himself might be, in His person, the meeting point for death and life, by arresting in Himself the decomposition of nature produced by death and so becoming the source of reunion for the separated parts." - St. Gregory of Nyssa
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The frequent New Testament affirmations that Jesus was "raised from the dead" presuppose that the crucified one sojourned in the realm of the dead prior to his resurrection. This was the first meaning given in the apostolic preaching to Christ’s descent into hell: that Jesus, like all men, experienced death and in his soul joined the others in the realm of the dead. But he descended there as Savior, proclaiming the Good News to the spirits imprisoned there. - No. 632
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The Greek word in the original Greek language of the creed was sometimes translated with the word "hell." However, in this case this original Greek word does not simply mean the place of eternal punishment. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains (in section 633) that this word "hell" as used in the creed simply refers to the abode of the dead. The righteous and the unrighteous had different lots, the Catechism explains. The righteous were not punished there--their loss was simply being deprived of the vision of God. When Christ descended to the dead, he went only to preach salvation to the righteous who had already died before that day.
Many people besides yourself have been confused when the creed used the word "hell" there. That is why now, it seems, the phrase involved is being worded to say that "Christ descended to the dead."
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Here are some scripture verses to support the notion of Jesus descending into Hell.

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Your post reminded me of a beautiful old ancient Homily that carries over from Good Friday into Holy Saturday.


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Something strange is happening...there is a great silence on the earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and He has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death; He has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, He who was both God and the son of New Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that won Him victory over death. At the sight of our Lord, Adam, the first man He had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone. "My Lord be with you all," Christ answered him: "And with your spirit." Jesus took Adam by the hand and raised him up saying; "Awake O Sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."

I am your God, who for your sake I have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you O Sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held prisoner of hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead, Rise up work of my hands, you were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you, together we form only one person and we cannot be separated.

For your sake I, your God, became man; I the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose abode is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left the garden of paradise, I was betrayed in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you when I created you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you once wickedly through pride stretched out your hand to a Tree of Knowledge I forbade you to touch in paradise.

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My pierced side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in the death of hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you by temptation out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the Tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I whom am the Giver of Life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim id adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

Ancient Homily from Office of Readings Holy Saturday, Roman Rite.
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