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God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost, are on a cliff overlooking a lake of fire. Jesus says to God, ”So our people invented this place they call Hell for us to send people they don't like."
One of the areas I love helping people with is spiritual transition.
I help empower people to do it well.
One of the most terrifying aspects of deconstruction is the fear of Hell.
If you've been raised your whole life believing in a literal Hell after death if God decides to send you there, it’s so enmeshed in your brain that the belief itself is cellular.
Here’s how messed up it is: even when you don’t believe in Hell you’re still afraid of going there because you don’t!
Hell is not real. But the fear of it is.
I've worked with enough people to know that given a listening ear, a gracious and spacious space to question and vent, as well as love and time, people recover and achieve peace of mind where they are no longer anxious about Hell.
It becomes a non-issue.
We can grow to understand that the idea of Hell was useful for a while to keep us in line and to keep us perpetually afraid of punishment in order to prevent our disobedience and faithlessness. But we’re mature enough now that we don’t need scare tactics (if we ever did) to be good people.
Eventually we also learn that time is a mental construct, and a concept like eternity is a part of this construct.
This is where fear and suffering thrive. All there is is now. Always. Now. Now. Now. The fullness of time is now. Time is an eternal string of nows.
Once we know this, we also know peace.