posted on Jun, 21 2004 @ 04:19 AM
At the risk of obfuscating the matter, biblically there are 2 types of hell.
One is a place of darkness, a place where the "not so bad" people go - its called Sheol, and often known as the "outer darkness".
Somehow I think this is on a continium from Heaven, being bright, full of God's presence, to the opposite end being black, empty of Gods presence.
like a spotlight on a darkened stage, you are as close to the light as your spiritual body is cleansed for.
People end up on that continuim according to their deeds, or bypass it straight to heaven on becoming a christian and having their sins forgiven.
The second place is hell as we know it - hades - it was a place initially designed for the devil and his servants. This seems seperate from Sheol,
however there is a mixing of demons between sheol - in the very dark end and Hell.
I wonder at the dimensionality of the place, the fire etc, do not seem to be places that actually hurt the evil entities.
Its the humans, with their different build / structure that are the ones that suffer in hell. As if its a place so foreign to their bodies it causes
pain. To humans fire is probably the worst pain you can suffer, and whatever it is in that place it is percieved as incredably painful to humans.
Although this is for eternity, there is a dissolusion of the soul over time, although it is a long time....
[Edited on 21-6-2004 by Netchicken]