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Translation of Hell for this purpose - is that it is a dark and hidden place. The Latin word infernus and the Greek Hades all correspond. Hell is as far from heaven, bot
h literally and figuratively as possible.
The Catholic church has no definitive answer on where hell is, focusing instead on how to escape it.
Biblical proofs can be found in Matthew 5:29; 8:12; 10:28; 13:42; 25:41, 46; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 21:8 and through many church doctors.
Hell is eternity, there is no turning back. It's the final decision we all make. Revelation 14:11; 19:3; 20:10, Matthew 26:24 and many more passages attest to this.
The threat of hell is obviously not enough to control man's life, if it were we'd live in a sin free world. Any arguments of the fear of it controlling people, is exaggerated.
A complete separation from God happens, and I don't think we can know how awful that is, until it happens. A belief in God or not would not affect what happens in the end. With that separation you would lose faith. Faith in yourself too. You become wholly unsatisfied and forever craving that which you miss. The one thing you don't lose is the full awareness of what you could have, and that might be the worst part.
Along with separation from God, comes the unending pain, in heaven we are free from it, in hell we are consumed by it. And in addition are unable to feel pleasure. There is no break from it, it is eternal.
Answer by LadyLotus3 at 10:34 AM on Aug. 1, 2012
Answer by Alisim at 11:47 AM on Aug. 1, 2012
Answer by LadyLotus3 at 12:18 PM on Aug. 1, 2012