What are your personal views on Hell?
I would imagine that most of you people in here dont believe in the literal "fire and brimstone" eternal hell. (though i could be surprised).
With my catholic upbringing as a child, hell was taught to us as a real place that existed, this idea stayed in my head well into my teens, it's taken quite a few years to wean myself off of this concept. My brother in particular was affected quite badly with threats of hell, .. these have even accompanied him into adulthood in various guises.
Do you simply see hell as a place that is somehow "not with god"? which could mean some kind of an eternal emptiness. I'd be quite happy with that really, .. it reminds me of Mark Twains quote when asked about death .."I was nothing for billions of years, and it didn't inconveinience me in the slightest"
It would be interesting to hear any personal views of hell.
Hi Simon, .. i think I might have briefly mentioned it (without trawling back through all my old threads). But I think it's a subject thats well worthy of more comment.. surely more than one small paragraph. As I've mentioned several times, from my catholic background the subject of hell has left a massive imprint on my life. ( and I've no doubt, millions of other catholics throughout history) .. "Be good or you'll go to hell". A local church near me (Fairford) has a very famous stained glass window that has extremely horrid depictions of Hell dating back to the 13th century.. you can imagine the terror these images put into many many generations of superstitious folk throughout the ages. I've no doubt it had the desired effect of keeping the local population from wrongdoing.. up to a point, although I'm sure it wasn't 100% successful.
I've always felt sorry for Judas Iscariot, his very name evokes badness. But surely he was part of gods plan .. didn't he need Judas to play his part in the whole crucifixion scene. Judas seems to be regarded by Christianity as bordering on evil.. or connected with evil. Does the fact ( i use that term loosely) that Judas kills himself mean he's condemned to eternal hell? .. he didn't recieve any redemption from Christ .. unlike one of the thieves on the cross. Surely if Jesus was going to forgive anyone, Judas would be high on his list.( i may have to glean up on the betrayal story in case I'm mistaken).
I have inumberable problems with the concept of hell. I would not rest easy knowing that anyone is suffering eternal pain, no matter how "evil" they were here on earth, even Hitler I dont think would deserve such agony. I would derive no pleasure in knowing he was suffering in some eternal afterlife, .. it would make no sense to me that an all loving god would send anyone there.. although I'm sure you'll tell me thats not how it works.
Maybe this is just a catholic hang up with Hell. I'm glad you see the problems of hell as church defects Exchemist, maybe we're both singing from the same hymnsheet.
I had lots of other thoughts on this subject, but time has caught up with me.
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