Abaddon, the "place of destruction" is synonymous with Sheol in Proverbs and Job. In later writings, Abaddon is personified as the king of the abyss who can command an army of locusts to torment men.
What happens after we die? How will the world end? These are some of the most profound and universal questions that humans have asked throughout history. Different religions and worldviews have different answers to these questions, and they often shape their beliefs, practices, and ethics accordingly. In this category, you will find articles that explore the various concepts and representations of death, afterlife, and end times in different traditions and cultures. You will also learn about eschatology, which is the study of last things. Eschatology involves topics such as heaven, hell, purgatory, reincarnation, resurrection, judgment, apocalypse, and salvation, as well as their influences on literature and art. Whether you are looking for information, inspiration, or insight, this category will help you understand how different people have imagined and expressed their hopes and fears about the ultimate destiny of humanity and the cosmos.
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to tour Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Mayan cave discovered in 1989 in Cayo, Belize. Our tour guide likened the venture into the cave as the hero twins' journey into Xibalba as recounted in the Popul Voh.
The Teachings of Silvanus was discovered among Nag Hammadi Library. The texts contain 2 descent myths that build upon previous concepts established earlier.
The Odes of Solomon is a collection of hymns written around the time of the Gospel of John. It is the earliest text to mention Christ's Descent into Hell.
The idea of Christ's descent into hell is a predominant teaching in modern church theology. However, few references are found within the New Testament.