Fear of Hell – Stygiophobia – Hadephobia
By Gary Amirault
Stygiophobia, also called stigiophobia or hadephobia, is the fear of Hell. The word is derived from the Greek words Stygios, meaning “hell”, and phobos, meaning “fear”. The former is derived from the River Styx. over which souls were carried into the underworld. The latter is itself derived from the Greek god Phobos who was the son of Ares and accompanied him into battle.
The fear of Hell has been postulated as the basis for the human fear of death, apparently out-weighing various beliefs in a rewarding afterlife.
Latin: stugius; Greek: stugios
Stygian: adj., a. dark, gloomy, or hellish; b. completely inviolable, as a vow sworn by the river Styx.
Interesting aside — the adjective sturgein means “to hate.”
The fear of death in called thanatophobia.
Hell-fear is the fear of Hell. It’s most unfortunate that Christianity is supposed to be the antidote to the fear of Hell and Death but it is not. The institution of Christianity has incorporated over the centuries the pagan and heathen ideas of Hades, Stygios, Phobos, Hele, etc. and has all but drowned the truth that Jesus came to deliver us from our fears of death and the afterlife, especially our fears of man-made myths like a Hell of everlasting punishment.
Thousands of artists like Michelangelo are employed by patrons to depict the afterlife in horrible ways. Michelangelo’s depiction of “The Judgment” is a good example.
The fact is, Jesus the Chosen One, came to save mankind from death and the fears associated with it. This site along with http://www.tentmaker.org and http://lovewins.us have been created to combat this horrible teaching. On these sites you will find all the resources needed to help people understand that the original languages of the Bible did NOT contain the concept of a place of everlasting punishment nor of a God who would send people to such a place. When one enters into the right relationship with Jesus, this fear of death and Hell vanish and give room for His love, joy and peace to manifest in our lives. If you have any questions, please reach us with the contact button on this web site. May your heavenly Father set you and your loved ones free from this horrible bondage and bring you into His incredible love for you. The Bible says many times “Fear not.” Be freed, from this horrible teaching and enter into the joy of the Lord.