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Ok question for pagans or any one familiar with Greek Mythology...

What is the simple explanation of hades?
Is it similar to the Christian form of hell?
If not is there an equivalent or a place of prison/torture for the wicked?
Is there an equivalent to heaven?
How many different places can you go in the afterlife?
I promise I'm not bashing here. I just want to know for reference.
Any Christians who chose to be rude to or bash the pagan beleive I will defend them. So don't be surprised when I do. This is not a welcoming mat for you to rag on others. (not saying you all do just some)

 
hot-mama86

Asked by hot-mama86 at 6:27 AM on May. 2, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Yes Hades is where the Christians stole the idea of hell from. In Pagan/Greek beliefs there is always an opposite, if you have a good god there must be his counterpoint. In Greek mythology I think (don't know Greek as well so I could be wrong) the heaven would have been Mount Olympus w/ the gods. Pagan it depends on which sect, some believe in a heaven, some believe that heaven is here & we've destroyed it cuz we are so out of tune w/ the gods-nature. I say the Christians stole the idea because the Celtic way was around before the bible was plagiarized and many of the Christian beliefs and stories can be traced back to much older civilizations.

    Nyx7

    Answer by Nyx7 at 6:40 AM on May. 2, 2010

  • It's true that Hell as most Christians believe it to be, stems from Greek mythology. I won't say it was "stolen", but men like Tertullian and Athenagoras brought it in when they "converted" to the faith. They had held these beliefs before as students of Plato. Because they couldn't accept the thought that life really end at death, they incorporated these beliefs and used certain verses of the Scriptures to support the ideas. It's a historical fact. God's strange act will not burn eternally at all, but only long enough to remove the curse of sin.The wages of sin is death, not eternal life in "Hell". His purpose is to make the earth anew afterwards.

    Heaven wasn't stolen. God's people will go there, though not immediately following death. This is why we (Christians) should study history alongside Scripture instead of believing whatever our pastors tell us.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 8:03 AM on May. 2, 2010

  • According to Greek mythology, Hades is the world of the dead. All dead souls go to Hades, at which point they're judged and sorted. The good go to the Elysian Fields (counterpoint of Heaven), the bad go to Tartarus (counterpoint of Hell), the in-between who are neither exceptionally good nor exceptionally bad go to the Asphodel Meadows (a sort of limbo where they just stand in the dark for eternity but are neither punished nor rewarded...no Christian counterpoint that I know of).
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 8:26 AM on May. 2, 2010

  • What is the simple explanation of Hades? Hades is the land of the dead basically. Many believe that Hades is the ruler of the underworld. . .
    Is it similar to the Christian form of hell? Yes, it parallels to the Christian Hell
    If not is there an equivalent or a place of prison/torture for the wicked? There is a belief that depending on what you fear most decides on the form of torture. . . and there are different realms to this fact.
    Is there an equivalent to heaven? Again "Hades" is the land of the dead. . . all souls go here for judgment. . .
    How many different places can you go in the afterlife? countless depending on your point of belief. . .

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:46 AM on May. 2, 2010

  • The other ladies are right. Hades was the God of the afterlife as well as the land of the dead. All dead went there, not just the bad. And then according to some they were separated and 'rewarded' based upon how they acted on Earth. Others say you just kinda float there for eternity. It is really nothing like the Christian Hell.
    purpleducky

    Answer by purpleducky at 10:20 AM on May. 2, 2010

  • What is the simple explanation of hades? Hades is the Underworld - Both Good and Bad. There are different areas one for the good and blessed, one for the evil and cursed, and one for the "lost souls" or the average nobody.
    Is it similar to the Christian form of hell? No, not really. Everyone had to go to Hades, even those who were not evil. The Greek equivalent of Heaven was also in Hades.
    If not is there an equivalent or a place of prison/torture for the wicked? Yes, which was also a part of Hades. There were different areas for different souls.
    Is there an equivalent to heaven? Yes
    How many different places can you go in the afterlife? One Hades... Although there are different areas to Hades.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:50 AM on May. 2, 2010

  • When a person dies, their soul enters Hades, ALL of them do! Once there they are judged by three judges. If they were evil, they are doomed to suffer in Tartarus, the heros and other blessed persons went to the inner most island of the Elysian Fields, and the general pop were on the outer ring of the Fields which wasn't quite as good as the inner islands.

    The Underworld of Hades has a place for everyone, so it was equivalent for both the Christian Heaven and Hell, and by some belief systems even had a "limbo" kind of place. There was also the River Styx. All souls had to cross in to Hades by way of this river, and those who could not pay the toll were doomed to be taken in my the river itself.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:59 AM on May. 2, 2010

  • What is the simple explanation of hades? Hades is the god of the underworld and it is named after him.


    Is it similar to the Christian form of hell?  All forms of hell come from the terror of volcanic eruptions coming up from under the ground, where hell was thought to be--ergo a firey pit.


     If not is there an equivalent or a place of prison/torture for the wicked?  The Stygian fields were the places of torment.  Rocks and heat.


     Is there an equivalent to heaven? The Elysian fields, a beautiful green place.  To Mount Olympus to frolic with the gods if you deserved it or had a heroic death.


    How many different places can you go in the afterlife?  At least four.

    witchqueen

    Answer by witchqueen at 11:41 AM on May. 2, 2010

  • Anon- This post said NOTHING about everything coming from the Pagans. However, there are many parallels and she is curious about them... The simple fact is Paganism was here first and a great many of the beliefs of those Pagans found their way in to the Christian faith... Just one more piece of proof that we aren't all that different!
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:52 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • Hades is a Greek word meaning hell

    No, it's not, but then Hell in the bible means "pile of dirt" so I can see why it confuses you.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:41 PM on May. 2, 2010

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