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  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    So Jesus really did embrace hell, didn’t he?

  2. Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t Jesus’ discussion about hell being a lake of fire just a metaphor to begin with. Was Jesus not referring to the actual garbage piles outside of the city, heaps of garbage that always burned because that is how they got rid of their garbage. So when Jesus talks of hell being “like” a lake of fire, he is making a metaphor to the actual lake of fire outside the city. Correct me if I am wrong, but when he was discussing hell, in this manner, was he not just referring to the religious leaders. So for Christians to believe the actual, absolute, eternal lake of fire “hell”, well if they only knew they were making something literal that was always meant to be figurative. Seams to happen a lot, I’m just saying.

    What is hell? Well, sometimes it is as Jean-Paul Sartre says, “Hell is-other people”
    Or at other times Ludwig Wittgenstein expresses it better, “Hell isn’t other people, Hell is yourself”

  3. In reference to the skulls in the fire: Another idea that has come to mind is that in most cities, towns or villages in Jesus’ day, the dead, particularly those from poor or lower ranking families who could not afford much of any ceremony, would be removed from the city limits and often placed into these “lakes of fire” garbage burn pits. These bodies were removed from the city so as to render possibility of disease. It was not until Christianity began to become more poplar that cremation fell to the way side and burial became more common practice. I think.

  4. My favorite quote: “There is a hell…and it is empty.”

  5. Michaela says:

    I hope that Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and countless other horrible people were sentenced by the Lord to Hell.

  6. Melody says:

    When I didn’t question these things yet, I’d already heard about how during the Crusades the question was: accept the faith or die: the Bible or the Sword. Obviously, this isn’t really a free choice (if you value your life). I often felt guilty that my main reason for believing in God was fear of hell. There’d be these guilt-inducing discussions how that was not a good reason, and really it should be about Jesus and love etc…

    A few days ago, I read this blog which stated that the threat of hell, was no different than the Crusade argument: not really a free choice. Hell or heaven… believe or perish is not really a free choice at all… What I had sometimes felt was basically vilified in that post and it gave me food for thought… Today, your post does so as well.

    Your two sentences really sum it up and raises the question where the real salvation lies.