a reply to: Astrocyte
Here is an internet goody from the early
days in response to your thread.
This is the best I can do right now,
so humor me here.
Let us imagine Hell exists.
For starters, lets modify your question to :
Is Hell exothermic or endothermic?
So let us get down to business.
First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time.
So, we need to know the rate that souls are moving into Hell and
the rate they are leaving.
I think we can safely assume that once a soul arrives in Hell,
it will be unable to leave.
Therefore, no souls are leaving.
As for how many souls are entering Hell, let us look at the different
religions that exist in the world today.
Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their
religion, you will go to Hell.
Since there are more than one of these religions and since people
generally do not belong to more than one religion, if any,
we can project that all people and all souls go to Hell.
With birth rates and death rates as they are, we can expect
the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.
Now, we must look at the rate of change of the volume of Hell
because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature
and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to
expand as souls are added.
This gives us two possibilities:
1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate that souls enter
Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase
until All Hell Breaks Loose.
2. Of course,if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase
of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until
Hell Freezes Over.
So, which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Ms. Janet Henry during my
freshman year ,that ,"It will be a cold night in Hell before I sleep with you",
and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having
sexual relations with Ms. Henry, then, #2 cannot be true, and thus,
I am sure that Hell is exothermic.