The translators of the King James Version were Platonists and Hell-Fire men. That means they made every effort to hide the truth regarding the Hebrew and Greek words for “Soul”, “Sheol”, “Hades”, and “Gehenna.”
Soul: The first time the word “Soul” occurs is in Genesis 1:20. There it is in reference to the sea animals. Plants aren’t souls, animals are. What characterizes a soul is that it “moves.” Read Genesis 1:20-21. However, the translators didn’t translate the Hebrew word “Nephesh” as “soul” in Genesis 1:20 because being Platonists they reserved the word “soul” for man! They held back the truth until it suited their theology. The Hebrew and Greek words for “soul” occur 857 times in the Bible. To arrive at a correct meaning of the word one must examine each occurrence. You will find in your search that the word isn’t confined to man and it certainly is NEVER, NO NEVER, connected with immortality!
Sheol: It occurs 65 times. It’s translated “Grave” 31 times; “Hell” 31 times; Pit twice. The bias of the “hell-fire” men is obvious! At times when dealing with the wicked the word hell is used; when the good are spoken of grave is used! However, even in that they aren’t consistent since it says “Christ’s soul was not left in hell”. This is terrible translating which has led to childish notions of Christ going into an underground torture chamber between death and resurrection!
Hades: It occurs 11 times. They translate it “hell” 10 times. It has to do with the death state. Nobody is alive in the death state.
Gehenna: It occurs 12 times. They translate it “hell” 11 times. This is a place. It’s named after a man. To find the truth of “Gehenna” you have to read Jeremiah 7. It was a beautiful place that Israel turned into a place of idol worship. King Josiah put a stop to the evil practice by spreading dead men’s bones on it to defile it. It became a garbage dump. Potters dumped their broken pieces in this place. Later the garbage was burned. Gehenna became a symbol of shame! In Isaiah 66 “Carcasses” are burned there. It has NOTHING TO DO WITH AN UNDERGROUND TORTURE CHAMBER FOR LIVING PEOPLE!
Tartarus: It occurs once. You guessed it, they translated it “hell”. It has nothing to do with human beings.
Get out your concordance and do the study. The Scripture isn’t about “hell-fire” or the immortality of the soul. On the contrary! The Scriptures affirm that only God is immortal and immortality is a gift given to mankind in resurrection – not at death! The penalty for sin isn’t life in a torture chamber, but death! Resurrection is the only solution.
The words “nephesh”, “psuche”, “sheol”, “hades”, and “gehenna” as they are used in Scripture bring out these truths and serve as witnesses against the lies of the Platonist Hell-Fire promoter.