Theory Of Harrow
The word harrow is derived from the Old Testament which means to damage. According to the Christian theology, the Harrowing of Hell means the triumphant descent of Jesus Christ into hell, between the time of his Crucifixion and his Resurrection. Bring salvation for all the good people who had died since the time of the Old Testament. Not to forget the release of Adam and Eve and many other righteous men and women of the Old Testament. The souls were to be released and sent to hell with him. The dominion which Christ entered is known as Sheol or Limbo by some Christian Theologians.
The harrowing of hell also known as the Anastasis is mostly connected to the Apostles’ Creed and the Athanasian Creed which states that Jesus Christ will be descended into Hell. In 1 Peter 3:19-20 it is stated that Jesus Christ talks about preaching the imprisoned spirits. The Apostles’ Creed is another word given to the underworld that is hell.
In the great mythology, it is stated that hell is ruled by Pluto and Hades is just a term used to explain hell as a place for departed souls. In the Old Testament the term Hades is used to define death, and in some places, it is referred as a place where the dead awaits the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New King James version of the New Testament Hades is mentioned 11 times. Some of which are defined and explained below:
- Matthew 16:18: “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
- Luke 10:15: “And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to Heaven, will be brought down to Hades.”
- Luke 16:23; “And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”
- Acts 2:27: “For You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:55: “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
- Revelation 20:13: “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.”
- Revelation 20:14: “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
Many Christians do not believe in the Harrowing of hell, supporting their belief with scriptural evidence and Jesus’ own words.