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All Faiths: Hell - Two VERY Different Viewpoints

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:
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:
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***

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Asked by jennijune_21 at 2:06 PM on May. 18, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • oh, oh! i have some sites to add to that! (also from Christian sources)
    i think its VERY interesting to see the concept of hell addressed from different P'sOV - even outside of Christianity

    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

  • that's a great question, nysa00, now i'm curious, lol.
    hell as a scare tactic is a pretty common concept.
    Owen Chadwick, in his book on the history of religion, mentions that it probably was used to keep people in line. its really interesting.
    i think what's even more fascinating is the study of the word - didn't it come from the word "Sheol", which meant grave or something?
    the whole topic is intriguing, even though i don't believe in hell either, lol!

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:20 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • The more I read, the more interesting the whole thing gets! LOL.

    I love the concept of the misinterpretation of the word "Sheol" - it does, as a matter of fact, translate to "grave" - which goes along with the Muslim beliefs we were talking about on the other question.

    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

  • Actually, I think the Jewish view on "hell" is pretty much the same as the Muslim version - they stay "in the grave" until final judgement. I am not sure about that though . . . Any Jews here want to answer that one for us?

    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

  • Answered at 6:32 PM on May. 18, 2009 by: age55

    Neat site and very beautiful, but what does it have to do with the conversation?


    Answer by jennijune_21 at 10:01 AM on May. 19, 2009

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