He Descended Into Hell

Wednesday, 06 Jun 2007

hen we gather for worship on Sunday, many of us confess our faith in the words of the Apostles' Creed. The Creed's most puzzling statement has always been that our Lord "descended into hell." What does this mean? Is it true? Isn't it enough simply to affirm the observable facts of Christ's passion, his suffering under Pontius Pilate, crucifixion, death, and burial? In Church history, this article of the creed has received many interpretations; but, most straightforwardly, it attempts to represent briefly the depths of Christ's suffering and humiliation during both his earthly ...

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