Of Heaven and of Hell (Part 2)


Truth is often hidden in the details and understanding the root of a thing allows you to better relate to what has grown out from it. At the root of Christianity is the fear and hope for our salvation where the soul goes to a place of elevation or sinks into the earth. So perhaps a bit of understanding is needed to see how these two locations apply to you on a personal level.
Remember the entire Bible is secretly all about you and the world being built up within your mind from chaos to order. This is taking a brute beast and turning it into a man. So consider then the image of Hell and the symbols that have become an icon to modern believers.

Of Hell

Is there a Hell?

One of the main tools used to control many Christians is the fear of damnation in Hell, but did you know that the word “Hell” doesn’t exist in the Bible? The Bible uses the word “Hell” today to replace words like the grave (sheol: שְׁאוֹל) in the Old Testament or the valley of lamentation named Ge-Hinnom (gheh’-en-nah: γέεννα géenna) in the New Testament.

γέεννα géenna, gheh’-en-nah; of Hebrew origin (H1516 and H2011); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; ge-henna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment:—hell.

But there is one exception in the entire Bible that uses a term borrowed from the ancient Greeks, and that’s Tartarus (tartaroō: ταρταρόω). It’s only used once in the book of 2 Peter describing a place of darkness where the “angels that sinned” wait for judgment in darkness.

2Pe 2:4
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

But why are they in “Hell” and waiting for judgment? By today’s standards wouldn’t “Hell” be the place of final judgment and not a holding place? There are many such curiosities that seem to shroud a the entity known as “Hell” that don’t always add up to being a place of everlasting torment.

Eternity

Consider the concept of eternity for a moment. The best way to understand this number is by giving another example of something very large. We’ll use the words “Googol” and “Googolplex” to convey this point. Now this is not the search engine called “Google”. A “Googol” is a very large number that is a 1 with a 100 zeros after it. A “Googolplex” is a googol to the power of googol. Now this number is so big that if each zero in a googolplex was written on a piece of paper 1 inch each, that piece of paper would fill the entire known universe.

Now the reason I used the example of a googolplex is that this extremely large number is nothing in comparison to an eternity. It might as well be the number zero compared to a number that has no end.

Eternal Damnation

So why then would a God of love damn a person’s soul to an eternity for a mistake in judgment in a life that is far shorter in days than a googol?

1Jo 4:8
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Jas 4:14
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

We are flawed by design and our Creator knows this because we are the dust formed into His image and a mistake in a life as short as ours does not justify an eternity of suffering.

Psa 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

A parent that loves its child does not torture their child, especially without a chance for redemption. It does not take much chastisement or correction for even a simple person to see the error of their ways.

Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

So why then the image of a Hell found in so many stories and movies? Maybe it’s because the mind is a powerful thing with vast imaginings of wonders and horrors that thrill the senses. It is also easier to control an unruly person with threats of a torture that they can not escape. It’s like telling a child “Wait till your father/mother gets home” when they did something bad. The fear of the unknown is a great motivator to achieve the goal of discipline.

So is Hell a real place? I can not say, but logic would say that it does not. But if the world of the Bible is really an illustration of your mind then perhaps the darkness of Hell is the ignorance of the mind that can not see the light of clarity. After all, the word “Angel” only means messenger (or message). So then couldn’t a fallen angel in the darkness of Hell be a lost meaning that resides in ignorance?

Food for thought, but only you can decide on what you believe. However consider this, that the ancient Hebrews never believed in a Hell and they laid the foundation of the Bible.

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