I was doing a little internet searching and I found two web sites both dedicated to Hell. But, boy are they different.
The first link is: http://www.what-the-hell-is-hell.com/
This web page has some very interesting articles and editorials about how hell is a scare tactic used in the Church. My favorite article is "What the Hell IS hell?"
The second link is: http://www.av1611.org/hell.html
This page is decidedly preachy and very firm on the belief of Hell's existence, and the location. The most interesting part of this page, though, is the sound byte from Art Bell's radio program (toward the middle of the page). This even gave ME chills . . .
So, here are two very different viewpoints. Feel free to peruse both pages (which, by the way, are both Christian sites), and post your thoughts and imput.
***BTW - This is NOT a post to change anyone's beliefs - I just found these interesting***
Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:13 PM on May. 18, 2009
The beliefs around the world on hells are varied & fascinating. What I find most interesting about the Judeo-Christian view of hell is the "no escape" aspect, that is very rare, globally speaking. While I agree that individual churches often use hell as a scare tactic, that is not often supported by theologians. The concept of hell in general might have developed partly as a social construct to keep people in line, though I think the need for "justice" also played into it. Since I don't believe hell actually exists, I obviously don't agree with the second website. I wonder if the people responsible for the first had seen the second & that enforced their belief in hell as a scare tactic?
Answer by nysa00 at 2:15 PM on May. 18, 2009
Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:20 PM on May. 18, 2009
Answer by jennijune_21 at 2:23 PM on May. 18, 2009
Hmm I said the Judeo-Christian view of hell, but now I am thinking they aren't the same. Isn't the Jewish version of the afterlife like the ancient Greek version? That it is immaterial, not pleasant but not punishment and horror either? I am thinking I heard once that is why Sheol became the word for hell. I am also thinking there is a theory that the word hell came from the Germanic word for the afterlife, the same root word that you see in Vahalla.
Answer by nysa00 at 2:32 PM on May. 18, 2009
Answer by jennijune_21 at 3:46 PM on May. 18, 2009
I believe it to be a man made fear tactic.
Answer by beeky at 6:38 PM on May. 18, 2009
Answer by age55 at 7:32 PM on May. 18, 2009
Answer by jennijune_21 at 10:01 AM on May. 19, 2009
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