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Catholic Word of the Day - Hell

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.

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Asked by adnilm at 8:53 AM on Aug. 1, 2012 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Actually hell is seeing these ridiculous threads everyday.

    Oh and the other actual Hell is watching your loved one slowly die from cancer and having to explain to your young children whats going on and why daddy is acting funny.

    Answer by LadyLotus3 at 10:34 AM on Aug. 1, 2012

  • Well LadyLotus3, there is always the option of not reading them. Novel approach, I know, but effective.

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 10:46 AM on Aug. 1, 2012

  • Thanks for the definition. What is the unending pain? I mean is physical? Emotional? you get sick and feel like that for ever? Is there any more details about that?

    Answer by Alisim at 11:47 AM on Aug. 1, 2012

  • Every imaginable pain, emotional and physical. Torment. The biggest being that you have knowledge of what could have been but there is nothing you can do about it.

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 12:08 PM on Aug. 1, 2012

  • Oh I normally dont read them but I had to let it be known that there are other, more appropriete, definitions for the term HELL than the one you gave.

    Answer by LadyLotus3 at 12:18 PM on Aug. 1, 2012

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