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Originally posted by madmanacrosswater
If one wants to hear the sounds of hell stand by an urban interstate during rush hour!!
Also, take a good strong lung full of "air". That'll send one to hell fast enough.
Originally posted by shantyman
If Hell were a place under the surface of the earth, than why haven't astronauts seen angels in Heaven?
Pardons for the glib introduction, but I got somebody's attention, I am sure. When you look at the theology of Heaven and Hell, we find that we aren't talking about real estate. The original, theologically accepted origin of the concept of Hell comes from the Hebrew Helel which is from the verb yalal which means 'to lament'. Hell simply is a state of lamentation and torment resulting in having fallen from grace. Lucifer rebelled and fell from his position of glory and cast himself from God's presence. Other rebellious demons have joined him (it?) for the same reason. Those who are damned souls are in a state referred to as Hell because they too have turned away from the grace of God. This is not something that God does. We have Free Will. If we choose to embrace the tenets of living according to the plan that God has made for us humans, than we shall join him.
I have heard a metaphor that applies on a simple level. Heaven is a state when God smiles upon us. Hell is a state when we have lost the vision to see Him.
I personally have faith that this is HEaven and Hell. I very well could be wrong, but that's what faith is all about, right? I am pretty sure that it isn't a firey pit with pitchforks and bubbling pits packed with damned souls some several miles under the surface of the earth. The Buffyphile in me laments this, but - sorry - no hellmouths.
Originally posted by Toxic Fox
Plus, really, the wicked would never be destroyed and would live on through eternity.
Originally posted by Red Rose
I know i started this thread but I am of the belief that hell doesnt exist... I believe that a truly forgiving god would not sentence his children to eternity in agony seems abit hypocrytical for a religion that is based around love.
my two cents