The word translated in the English translation of the Gospel as (hell), which is mentioned in the Gospels many times by the Lord Jesus Himself is originally in Greek (Gahanna), in Hebrew (GEHENNOM), that is to say, the Valley of Gehennom.
In the days of Jesus this valley was a place to burn garbage outside the city. It was burning all day long because they threw trash in it day and night to burn it and dispose it.
Thus, it is a pictorial image taken from the environment, and not that hell or the valley of Gehennom is a place God has prepared to burn disobedient humans. As for the word HADES, which Jesus spoke of directly, and is not pictorial, which is confused with the word HELL among people, and we read about it in the Gospel of Luke, chapter sixteen, verses twenty-three and twenty-four “The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” It is clear that Jesus’ words are about Lazarus and the rich man after their death from the flesh, they are spirits without bodies, and therefore it cannot be the sensual fire of barbecue that we know because sensual fire does not burn souls. Whatever the meaning of fire, the rich man is in a place and in a situation where he suffers excruciating torment, which Jesus Himself calls HADES (hell).
Jesus did not say that God is the one who tortures in hades, as the Jewish heritage teaches.
So, what the HADES (hell) is it?
According to the teachings of the Apostles and the Early Fathers of the church, HADES (hell) is the prison in which Satan imprisoned his captives, as he attracted them to himself by the temptation of sin. It is the place where the human spirit of Christ went during the cross to free the souls who were unjustly imprisoned and captivated by Satan. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient,” (1 Peter3:18-20.) It is clear that Jesus’ words are about Lazarus and the rich man after their death from the flesh, they are spirits without bodies, and therefore it cannot be the sensual fire of barbecue that we know because sensual fire does not burn souls.