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I am not a bible-quoting neo-christian zealot, an agnostic, a spiritualist or a mystic, but neither am I an atheist. The atheists have it all wrong.
The bible is a beautiful book with many truths and wonderful spiritual lessons, but man also had a hand in creating that masterpiece.
The mythic fire and brimstone Hell was created by man. In early history, the church needed a way to control the masses. Fear works. Fear has been a weapon of the churches for two thousand years.
Many people believe that those who don't give verbal assent to Jesus are cast headlong into eternal fire to burn forever. It should be common sense to anyone that a God of love would never treat people this way.
Hell is not a geographic location. The soul returns, uncovered (bared for all to see) to its source - God (a pure energy). Your heaven or hell is the pain, anguish, hurt and anger that you have caused others or who suffered as a result of your actions/words to others. Hell is what you have created for yourself within your soul while you were on earth. Your soul is bared before all the other bared souls.
"Going to hell" represents only a sort of spiritual time-out condition in which souls reflect and work out the things that blocked them from that unconditional love, compassion and peace.
The spiritual state of being you have on earth is the spiritual state you take with you to the world beyond when you die. There is no sudden metamorphosis from an idle person into an active person, from a nonreligious person into a religious person, from a money-centered person into a God-centered person.
But I am rambling on now...
Just know that if you are not filled with hate; if you are kind, loving and compassionate, you will not find "hell" waiting for you when you die. You will find like-minded souls also trying to progress.
I'm sorry but I had no intention of labeling you a bible-quoting neo-Christian zealot, an agnostic, a spiritualist,, a mystic or an athiest. I would have guessed from your first post that you were a religious person. I gather from your reply that you are not a Catholic. After growing up with a strict catholic father I know the Catholic line fairly well.
I agree with your statements "It should be common sense to anyone that a God of love would never treat people this way"and " hell is the pain, anguish, hurt and anger that you have caused others or who suffered as a result of your actions/words to others". I am reminded of something I learned years ago in a World Lit class which was that Dante believed that man's only hell is here on earth.